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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 79- Andrew Martini, Myles Donovan, Mon Ovath of Limp Wrist, Disemballerina, A Stick and A Stone, Negative Queen, Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble, Forgotten Bottom, Mafouka ‘zine, Hanoi Panic ‘zine

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Andrew Martini of Limp Wrist, Kill the Man Who Questions, and The Stuntmen; Myles Donovan of Disemballerina, A Stick and A Stone, Negative Queen, and Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble; and Mon Ovath of F80 and Moufoka and Hanoi Panic ‘zines. We discuss how they grew up and came into their queer and punk indentities in Philadelphia. The emphasis is on the queer punk scene that came to full fruitition in the 1990s (fueled in part by ACT-UP activism and Riot Grrrl)...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Bonus Episode: WE ARE THE CLASH Live Event

In this bonus episode, Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki, co-authors of the new book, We Are The Clash (Akashic Books, 2018). The episode begins with a short interview that took place before a live event at Brickbat Books in Philadelphia and is followed by the audio of the event itself (in its entirety). The live event was moderated by Frank Blank Moriarty. Both Mark Andersen (of Positive Force DC and We Are Family) and Frank Blank Moriarty (of ’80s Philly punk...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Bonus Episode- Neil Robinson Follow Up!

A follow-up interview with Neil Robinson of Nausea, Squat or Rot, Tribal War Records, Final Warning, Jesus Chrust, ABC NO RIO, and the Farmageddon Growers’ Collective. I first interviewed Neil in the summer of 2015. That interview appears in the main body of interviews on the LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! website and in all the other places it’s been posted to through the Cinepunx podcast network. While I was in Portland, Oregon (and surrounding environs) in mid-October, 2017, I paid a call on Neil to...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 78- Greg Pizzoli

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews illustrator and writer Greg Pizzoli. Greg is the author of several acclaimed books for children including: The Watermelon Seed (winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award), Templeton Gets His Wish, Tricky Vic, Number One Sam, Good Night Owl, and The Quest For Z. His books are published by Viking Children’s Books (a division of Penguin) and Disney Hyperion. Greg also comes from punk, which has influenced his work in many ways. Greg finds himself in a unique...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 77: Mike Barone, Shannon Roche, Rob Jahn, JP Flexner, Josie DiCarlo, Mike Ski of Grindcore House, Crust Vegan Bakery, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Barnet Fair, True Hand Society

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Josie DiCarlo of Barnet Fair, Mike Ski of True Hand Society, Shannon Roche of Crust Vegan Bakery, Mike Barone of Grindcore House, and Rob Jahn and JP Flexner of Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. This was a panel discussion held at the Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, PA upon their invitation. The discussion was about punks who own and operate businesses. Despite being a terribly noise environment thanks to many individuals present not for the event but...



Consider this a bonus episode and not part of the interview series proper. For a live event in front of an audience at Tyler Contemporary, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, Ed Avery-Natale interviewed LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! creator Joseph A. Gervasi. The L!F!P! project and Philadelphia HC punk (among other retaliated subjects) were discussed. This took place on November 17, 2016. This is a recording of this spirited event. Ed Avery-Natale is the author of Ethics, Politics,...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 75: David Kessler, Benjamin Warfield, Allen Crawford of The Pine Barrens documentary, The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews three of the filmmakers behind the documentary The Pine Barrens. Present for this interview were director David Kessler, musician Benjamin Warfield of the Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, and trickster Allen Crawford (who was once also known by his now-dead alter ego, Lord Whimsy). We discuss the history of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens; the genesis of the film project; the various additional facets that accompany the film, such as live music and art installations; and...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 74: Rev. Kirk T. Berlenbach of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews the Rev. Kirk T. Berlenbach of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church Roxborough. Father Kirk grew up in Haddonfield, NJ. His father was a priest and he always loved being a part of the church. Moving through his teenage years, Father Kirk was drawn to rock, prog (!), punk, and gothic music. He had a desire to spread the word of Christ, but found different avenues from which to approach his faith and alternate means — at times outrageous — of expressing it. In this...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 73: Larry Livermore of Lookout Records

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Larry Livermore, formerly of Lookout Records and author of the book How To Ru(i)n A Label (Don Giovanni Records, 2015). Since Larry’s book covers the story of his involvement (and de-volvement) with Lookout Records so well, we only talk about the label a bit in this lengthy interview. Instead we focus on other aspects of Larry’s life, like growing up working class in Detroit, his estrangement from his family, the consumption and sale of psychedelic drugs, living...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 72: Joseph A. Gervasi talks L!F!P! on WKDU 91.7 FM

WKDU (91.7 FM) DJ Yoni Kroll interviews LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! creator Joseph A. Gervasi live on-air on Sunday, March 13, 2013. They talk about the origins of the L!F!P! project, Joseph’s long-term involvement in Philly DIY HC punk through The Cabbage Collective and more, an email he received from a concerned punk (Jim Shomo, later interviewed for the project), 1990s emo babies, the Cinedelphia Film Festival and its creator Eric Bresler, conducting long-form interviews, his favorite Philly...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 71: Cynthia Connolly of Banned In DC

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews the photographer Cynthia Connolly. We talk about Cynthia growing up in Los Angeles, CA and being drawn into the early punk scene. Cynthia and her sister wind up moving to Washington, DC in the early ’80s. There Cynthia become an active participant in the burgeoning hardcore punk scene. Cynthia designed the iconic “Out of Step” 12″ cover for Minor Threat. In the late ’80s she compiled, contributed photos to, and published the essential “Banned In DC” book, which...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 69: Jim McMonagle of Flag of Democracy (F.O.D.)

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Jim McMonagle of the Philly hardcore punk band Flag of Democracy (F.O.D.). Jim grew up as a “monster kid” obsessed with horror and science-fiction films and books, especially King Kong, Godzilla, and Japanese TV shows such as Ultraman. By the late 1970s, Jim was embracing the nascent punk scene. At the start of the 1980s, F.O.D. was born. Their first show was also one of the most infamous hardcore shows of the early ’80s: the Buff Hall show in Camden, NJ that...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 68: Nathan Gray of BoySetsFire, I Am Heresy, Church of Satan

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Nathan Gray of the bands BoySetsFire, I Am Heresy, and now solo work. Nathan details his experience of growing up with under the weight of fear in a Pentecostal family. Until he began to shed his Christian faith in his early thirties, Nathan found the religion he was raised with to be debilitating. Despite being the son of a Christian minister, Nathan is now a member of the Church of Satan. We talk about moving from faith to atheism/Satanism, discovering punk...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY Episode 67: Ralph Darden of Random Children, Franklin, AM/FM, Jai Alai Savant, DJ Major Taylor

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Ralph Darden, also known as DJ Major Taylor, who played in the bands Random Children, Franklin, AM/FM, Jai Alai Savant and more. While Ralph now lives in both Chicago and Los Angeles, he grew up in Philadelphia and spent much of his youth in the racially-mixed Mt. Airy neighborhood. In this long and frank interview, Ralph talks about the racial divide in Philadelphia, growing up in a world where he didn’t quite fit in with either while or black folks, discovering...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 66: Neil Robinson of Nausea, Squat or Rot, Tribal War Records, Final Warning, Jesus Chrust, ABC NO RIO, Farmageddon Growers’ Collective

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Neil Robinson of the bands Nausea, Slaughter, Warning, Final Warning, and Jesus Crust. Neil co-founded Squat or Rot and ran the Tribal War label and distro. He was also active in ABC NO RIO. Neil is now one of the founding members of the Farmageddon Growers’ Collective in Oregon/Washington. Neil and I spoke in his hand-made and electricity-less shack on the Farmageddon property just outside Portland, Oregon after a tour of the (very impressive) veganic farm. This...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 65: Mark Andersen of Positive Force DC, We Are Family

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Mark Andersen of Positive Force DC, We Are Family, and the books Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk In the Nation’s Capital (co-authored with Mark Jenkins) and All the Power: Revolution Without Illusion. On the thirtieth anniversary of Washington, DC’s “Revolution Summer,” I wanted to celebrate and illuminate the event that sent reverberations out into the world that continue to resonate today. While Mark has nothing to do with the Philly punk scene this project...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 64: Jade of Posers

Stacey Finney guest interviews Jade, lead singer of the Philly hardcore band Posers. Jade is musically talented (she began playing the piano at the age of three!), playing multiple instruments in addition to singing. Jade is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in Philadelphia for the past two years and now calls this fine city her home. In this 90-minute interview, Jade shares her experiences about growing up in St. Louis and how she discovered the punk scene there. She gives...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 63: Mano Divina of The Divine Hand Ensemble, F.O.D. (Flag of Democracy)

Joseph A. Gervasi interview Mano Divina, the original drummer of Philly’s favorite hardcore punk band, F.O.D. (Flag of Democracy) and the founder of The Divine Hand Ensemble (with many bands in between). Mano Divina (that’s his legal first name) was raised by an Italian-American family who took great pleasure from all forms of music and sharing it with one another. Since Mano Divina claims he can’t remember most of his childhood, our discussion soon reaches his teenage years, which were...


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 62: Pierce Jordan, Ruben Polo of Soul Glo

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Pierce Jordan and Ruben Polo of the Philly hardcore band Soul Glo. Soul Glo is a relatively young band, but in the short time they’ve caught the attention of many with the intensity of their performances and Pierce’s impassioned and confrontational lyrics. We talk about their upbringing as outsiders in both the black community and the largely white world of punk, how they came to Philadelphia and met, and how the band formed. Most essential to this interview is...

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 61: Eric Hansen of Spent Flesh, FDH Records, Suicide Bong Tapes

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Eric Hansen of the blazing and chaotic HC punk band Spent Flesh and the man behind both FDH Records (just don’t ask him what the “FDH” stands for) and the marvelously named Suicide Bong Tapes. We talk about young Eric discovering punk as a kid in upstate New York and his enduring love for all sorts of music, most especially electronic music in its various forms. Eric’s love of music inspired him to release local NY bands (then later bands from all over) on his...