Tuesday, January 12, 2010

7 Seconds

Background information
Reno, Nevada, USA
Hardcore punk, punk rock
Years active
SideOneDummy Records
Official website

7 Seconds is an American hardcore punk band from Reno, Nevada. Formed on January 17, 1980 by brothers Kevin Seconds (guitar, vocals) and Steve Youth (bass, vocals), along with the Borghino brothers Tom Munist (drums) and Dim Menace (vocals). Dim Menace's fist-brandishing scowl on the cover of the Skins, Brains, & Guts EP is one of the most iconic images in punk rock.

Three decades into their career, 7 Seconds continues to write, record, and tour to this day. Their most recent album is Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over!. Today 7 Seconds remains as one of the longest-lived hardcore punk bands in history. Over the years, the band has been lumped in with other bands as "straight edge" but members of 7 Seconds have never embraced the label for themselves.

They are considered by many around the world
to be the definitive "positive hardcore" band.
Currently they are touring, writing and recording new songs.

7 Seconds inspired the straight edge youth crew movement in the 80's hardcore scene.

The band started by releasing some poorly-recorded, but highly energetic, EPs, most of which were later re-released as "alt.music.hardcore" and "Old School" compilation CDs. They also appeared on the 1985 hardcore compilation "Cleanse the Bacteria", in addition to numerous other compilations, such as "Not So Quiet On the Western Front," "Something to Believe In," and "Another Shot from Bracken."

Their first full-length LP "The Crew" was recorded in 1983 and released by BYO Records, as was its successor - the classic hardcore EP "Walk Together Rock Together". With the "New Wind" LP, the band dramatically expanded its sound and style with audible elements of a sometimes quieter, more melodic and accessible sound. Many writers have credited this particular period of 7Seconds' career as being highly influential on many pop punk, emocore and indie rock bands that came along much later. Subsequent LPs moved deeper into mainstream territory with proto-emo and U2-like sounds. The "7 Seconds" LP continued their musical experimentation. However, the band returned to an old-school hardcore sound in 1999 with the "Good to Go" album.

In the February, 2005 issue of AMP magazine, in an article titled, "7 Seconds: 25 Years of Our Core," Kevin Seconds explained how the band's name originated:

“We were big fans of The Dils, they had this EP, 198 Seconds of The Dils and I was so in love with punk rock that I would just write album titles on my clothes. This was still when Steve and I lived with my mom. We had this desk in this room we shared and I wrote ‘197 seconds of The Dils’, I miswrote the title. Over time, everything else faded, but the 7 Seconds part was there, and I circled it, I thought it looked cool.”

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