Here is a shirt from the Erie, PA straight edge Christian hardcore band, xDisciplex AD. My first one from them, and I believe my first shirt relating to Christian hardcore in general. This band had members who went on to play in bands such as Jesus Wept, No Innocent Victim, and Shockwave.
This shirt came very unexpectedly to me. A few days before my 21st birthday, my buddy Jesse, who plays guitar in Deathbed, randomly texted me a picture of this and asked if I wanted it. Of course, I jumped on it and said definitely. It turns out he bought it off of a guy's back then and there and made the deal. I was stoked. It is definitely worn in, seeing as how there are a few holes in it and the ink is pretty cracked, but I can't complain. It's a sweet graphic and I love it.
Passover - Split with No Retreat
Murder City Devils - In Name and Blood
Excessive Force - In Your Blood
In honor of Unbroken playing England this past weekend, today I bring you the tshirt that the band sold when they did their first reunion in 1998. The reunion was a memorial and benefit for their guitar player, Eric Allen, who had recently committed suicide. The show was filmed, released on VHS (remember that?) and featured full live sets from Unbroken and Outspoken as well as clips from The Crimson Curse, Palpatine, and The Set-Up. I planned on jumping on a Greyhound bus with a friend and trekking across the country but at the last minute we were unable to go. The show ended up being sold out so it probably worked out for the best. This shirt was also sold in navy blue and featured a picture of Eric Allen on the back with the quote "Maybe In The Next World", a line from the Smiths song "Death Of A Disco Dancer". The majority of the band were huge Smiths and Morrissey fans so the quote really feels appropriate. All proceeds from show went to Eric Allen's family.
*To go along with Chip's post, I decided to post a video from the Eric Allen memorial show. The intro alone literally give me chills every time I watch it.
I didn't realize that I made two Walls of Jericho posts in a row until I actually started writing this up. Too late/lazy to change.
I have had this thing for quite a while now, yet I have only gotten to wear it a small handful of times because the weather is finally starting to allow it. I love this thing. A very roomy, comfortable XL that has a Trustkill Records logo (that you can barely read in the picture) on the front and the band's logo on the back. As I stated before, I got this from the same seller as the Slayer-rip shirt. Clean look that will be taken out of my closet a lot this season.
PS: How wild is this set?
This shirt combines two things I love: Walls of Jericho and Slayer.
I picked this shirt up from the same Ebay seller that sold me a Walls of Jericho/Trustkill windbreaker a while back. This is one of the few WoJ shirts I've got, and it's a kind of ill-fitting XL tee with a very straight-forward "Death To False Hardcore" message on the back. I honestly haven't worn this very much, and I'm assuming the seller didn't either because the ink looks crisp and sharp. I could jam their old records all day long. Too good. While we're on the subject, I really want to get a Refused Slayer-rip shirt. I've seen it many times, but I haven't gotten my hands on it yet. Hook it up.
Oh yeah, today is my 21st birthday. Weird. It marks being straight edge for 7 years and vegetarian for 6, so I'm very excited about that. I'll probably end up eating my weight in tofu and hanging out with my girlfriend and best friends.
This Day Forward - Fragments of an Untold Story
Santa Sangre - Feast For The New Gods
Extinction - Hypocrisy Breeds Traitors
Love is stronger than death.
Nothing In Vain is my favorite Most Precious Blood record. Their entire catalog gets a lot of play, but this record in particular is on top. I've had this shirt for a while, but have never taken it out of my closet for some reason. This gem is a Trustkill-released navy blue shirt with lyrics from "The Lantern" on the back underneath an awesome live shot. Sure, this follows the typical, cookie-cutter hardcore design: band name on front, live shot with lyrics on the back, but it works. This is a clean design that I'm proud to own.
Speaking of this, how do I not own an Indecision shirt?! I need to get on this.
Snapcase - Lookinglasself
Arkangel - Dead Man Walking
REM - Out Of Time
Eyelid - ...Days Infected
Here at Don't Forget the Shirts, some changes are afoot. After the idea of guest posters came to be, my buddy Chip, who runs xStuck in the Pastx, a killer 90s hardcore blog, showed interest in wanting to post his collection. I was very excited to have him on board, and he'll have a weekly guest spot on this blog. His collection is stacked, and he's about to blow my knowledge and shirts out of the water, haha. Here's the first post of many to come.
"I'm honored that Geoff wanted me to write a guest post for his t-shirt blog because to be honest, many people know me as the guy who collects t-shirts. My collection has grown to about 900 shirts and hoodies (total) and it doesnt look like its slowing down.
Going through my collection, I was trying to figure out which to write about and as I was looking I stumbled across this Buried Alive design. I scooped this one up off Ebay back in 2001 I believe right after the band called it quits. Scott Vogel had put the remaining band merch up on Ebay and I think I only paid $5 for it. The front is pretty simple with just the BA and the sideways cross that was part of their logo that Mike Ski designed across the breast pocket. The back has a live picture of Scott over the crowd and the line "Those things that meant so much don't mean a thing to me" below it. The line was from the song "Engraved" from their final release "Last Rites" on Victory Records.
The band apparently had demoed new material for Victory when they chose to break up and Victory released the demos as a full release infuriating the band (they may have been angry but at least we got another Buried Alive record). To the best of my knowledge, this is the last design the band released before they broke up. This was also printed on a black shirt as we as the dark navy you see before you. I'm a big sucker for t-shirts with a live band photo on the back...something about it just captures the energy and feeling of a live show. Not saying I don't enjoy other types of designs but bands if you want to get my attention, live photos are the way to go. Anyway, Buried Alive called it quits and Scott went on to do Terror and Scott Sprigg joined Force of Change. Chances of a reunion are slim and none but I'd fly to Buffalo to see it one more time if it happened.
Big thanks to Geoff for allowing me to write a post for him. Check out my 90s hardcore webzine "Stuck In The Past" at http://xstuckinthepastx.blogspot.com/ for all your 90s hardcore needs."
Very excited about this one.
While I've seen this design for years, I never acquired it until just recently. Poison the Well is one of the few bands that I can listen to everyday and never get sick of. So good. As weird as it may be, this was the band that got me into actual hardcore. Maybe that's why they stuck with me.
Anyways, this is a tour shirt from 2000. Broken hearts and broken vans. Size XL (the only way to go) and it feels damn near brand new. I'd say it was a very good steal for 99 cents on Ebay. Currently listening to the Opposite of December for the 100th time this week. And seriously, how good is that Distance Only Makes the Heart Grow Fonder EP too? If only PTW would break up...then Deathbed could cover them.
I've got some cool things coming up on the blog for the people who actually care to read it, including more 90/early 2000 gems as well as a guest post from xChipx. Good stuff.
That's right, guest post! My name is Kate Lamb. It sure feels great to be the first guest poster. I'm sure there will be many more guest posts to come. Down to business, my shirt collection is nowhere near as prominent as Geoff's but I have my gems. This one is my newest. I got it a few days ago from Generation Records (NYC, check it out if you haven't already!). It's a great store filled with all sorts of records and downstairs is where all the t-shirts are. They have a small but great section of hardcore shirts. After digging around, I decided this was the one. It's simple, minimalistic, just the way I like my shirts. I thought it would be a good shirt to wear today since it's pretty nasty outside and I needed some layers to keep warm. Of course on the way home it started pouring. And of course I didn't have on a hood or an umbrella (walking around New York City with an umbrella is like a blind man walking around with a knife at eye level - do not approve). Refreshing end to running errands.
Trying to keep this blog updated...and failing.
Today, I bring you a "comeback post" since I haven't updated this in about a month. Here's a gem that I got in the mail just the other day. After impatiently waiting three or so weeks for this thing to get shipped from Thailand, I am now the proud owner of this baby: an XL Arkangel shirt from the Prayers Upon Deaf Ears days. It's definitely worn in, but it's a comfortable, roomy shirt that is going to stay at the front of my closet. I'm stoked.
Deathbed has gotten off of the ground and we've got a few shows under our belt now. I can't wait to record, play more shows, and do something that I actually want to do with my life. A buddy of mine recorded our whole set from our second show about two weeks ago. Check it out if you've got a minute (or 15) to spare.
Until next time...