7 Seconds (band)
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|Origin||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Genres||Pop punk
|Labels||Rise, Alternative Tentacles, SideOneDummy, BYO, Epic|
|Past members||Tom Munist
7 Seconds is an American Straight edge punk rock band from Reno, Nevada. Formed on January 17, 1980 by two sets of brothers; the Marvelli brothers, Kevin Seconds and Steve Youth, in combination with the Borghino brothers, Tom Munist and Dim Menace. The band has gone through numerous lineup changes with the exception of Seconds and Youth who have remained a constant throughout the band's history. In 1981, Munist and Menace left to form Section 8. The current lineup of 7 Seconds is Kevin Seconds (vocals), Steve Youth (bass), Troy Mowat (drums), and Bobby Adams (guitar).
The band's early releases were several EPs including 1982's Skins, Brains and Guts, most of which were later re-released on the alt.music.hardcore and Old School compilation CDs. All three demos were released on a bootleg release named 7 Seconds - Hardcore Rules, 80-82. 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 (Alt. Tentacles, 1982), Something to Believe In (BYO, 1984), Party or Go Home/We Got Power (Mystic, 1983), and Nuke Your Dink (Positive Force, 1984). They became closely associated with the Straight Edge movement and helped start the Youth Crew movement in 1984 with The Crew.
7 Seconds has floated across several genres of rock. Their first full-length album, The Crew, was recorded in 1983-84 and released by BYO Records, as was its successor - the classic hardcore EP Walk Together Rock Together. With the New Wind album, the band dramatically expanded its sound and style with audible elements of a sometimes quieter, slower, more melodic and accessible sound. Many writers have credited this particular period of 7 Seconds' career as being highly influential on many pop punk and indie rock bands that came along much later. Subsequent LPs moved deeper into mainstream territory with a U2-like sound. The 7 Seconds album continued their musical experimentation. The band broke free in 1995 with The Music, The Message, moving back somewhat into their roots. The Music, The Message was released on Sony (BMI), the first release on a major label throughout the band's history. Earlier material was on various homegrown labels, completely self produced, or put out on Kevin Seconds own label, Positive Force Records (AKA United Front), before BYO Records housed them. However, the band returned to an old-school hardcore sound in 1999 with the Good to Go album. 2005 came the release of Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over! on SideOneDummy, completing the evolution back to their Hardcore roots.
Origins of the name 7 Seconds
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.”
Influence in punk genre
7 Seconds is believed to be the first band to refer to themselves primarily as hardcore. After their first show on March 2, 1980, in Newsletter NWIN/SPUNK No. 1 they described their band as hardcore new wave.
Dim Menace's fist-brandishing scowl on the cover of the Skins, Brains, & Guts EP is one of the most iconic images in hardcore. Sacramento News & Review speaks at length of their influence in the positive hardcore movement and their positive effect on the Punk Culture.
- Drastic Measures (cassette), 1980
- Socially Fucked Up (cassette), 1981
- Three Chord Politics (cassette), 1981
- Skins, Brains and Guts (Alternative Tentacles, 1982)
- Committed for Life (Squirtdown, 1983)
- Blasts from the Past (Positive Force, 1985)
- 1980 Reissue (Official Bootleg, 1991)
- Happy Rain/Naked (Eating Blur, 1993)
- Split with Kill Your Idols (SideOneDummy, 2004)
- United We Stand (Aborted and later Re-issued as Old School - Headhunter Records/Cargo Records, 1983)
- The Crew (BYO, 1984)
- Walk Together, Rock Together (Positive Force/BYO, 1985)
- New Wind (Positive Force/BYO, 1986)
- Praise [four-song EP] (Positive Force/BYO, 1986)
- Live! One Plus One (Positive Force/Giant, 1987)
- Ourselves (Restless, 1988)
- Soulforce Revolution (Restless, 1989); No. 153 on the 1989 Billboard 200
- Old School (Headhunter/Cargo, 1991)
- Out the Shizzy (Headhunter/Cargo, 1993)
- alt.music.hardcore (Headhunter/Cargo, 1995)
- The Music, the Message (Sony/BMI, 1995)
- Good to Go (SideOneDummy, 1999)
- Scream Real Loud...Live! (SideOneDummy, 2000)
- Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over! (SideOneDummy, 2005)
- Leave A Light On (Rise, 2014)
- Not So Quiet on the Western Front (MRR/Alternative Tentacles, 1982)
- We Got Power: Party or Go Home (Mystic, 1983)
- Something to Believe In (BYO, 1984)
- Nuke Your Dink (Positive Force, 1984)
- Cleanse the Bacteria (Pusmort, 1985)
- Another Shot for Bracken (Positive Force, 1986)
- Four Bands That Could Change the World (Gasatanka, 1987)
- Flipside Vinyl Fanzine, vol. 3 (Flipside, 1987)
- Human Polity (One World Communications, 1993)
- The Song Retains the Name, vol. 2 (Safe House, 1993)
- Ten Years Later (Bossa Nova, 1997)
- Short Music for Short People (Fat Wreck Chords, 1999)
- Old School Punk Vol.1 (Walk Together, Rock Together)
- Strong, Martin C. (1999) The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1, p. 552-3
- http://www.annoyances.com/interviews/7seconds.html "drug/alcohol/abuse-free"
- http://www.straightedge.com/whatissxe.html "youth crew involvement"
- Trimboli, Grant (23 May 2013). "Rise Records Signs 7Seconds". Under The Gun Review. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- http://originalsevenseconds.com THE SUBVERSIVE HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL 7 SECONDS
- newsreview.com March 11, 2004
- "The Subversive History of the Original 7 Seconds"
- 7 Seconds (band) on Myspace
- Kevin Seconds Podcast Radio Show on ipadio