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Hudson Falcons: Working Class MF’s

April 2002

(S’n’O) How are the Hudson Falcons doing? What have you guys been up to lately?

(ML) We’re doin ok. Just trying to get through. We’re breaking ass working right now between tours. To say that money is tight is more than an understatement, but it’s worth all the hassle to be able to live the dream. How else would a bunch of poor fucks from Jersey and Indiana get to see the country? Rock ‘n’ roll is good for the soul. We’re going into the studio in a couple of weeks to record a split we’re doing with GC5 on Cosa Nostra Records – a label that was started by Doug and Dave McKean of the GC5 along with myself.

(S’n’O) As I’ve been a fan from the beginning, I’ve noticed the constant line-up changes…who are the current members and why have former ones come and gone? (Props to Jim and Alyson)

(ML) The current band is Uncle Chris on guitar, who has been here from the beginning, Ben Glotzbach on drums, Craighton Fischer on bass, and myself on guitar and vocals. Ben & Craighton are both formerly of the Brassknuckle Boys. When they were filling in for us on a tour a while back, the singer of the Brassknuckle Boys, Mark Dacey, told them that he was gonna be changing the band around a bit, and if they had the chance they should stay with us. We swiped them up in a heartbeat.
As far as former members go, Jim Meyer – original bass player, wasn’t one for touring, and had a lot of problems balancing the band schedule with his work schedule. We still see Jim once in awhile. He just went to the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, so maybe I’ll be working with him again for the Union rather than with the band.

Alyson, decided to leave the band because of her religious convictions. She wanted to devote her entire life to following Jesus Christ. Since she left she has been working with some Christian organizations in Canada, New Orleans, and Croatia. We’re very proud of her getting out there and doing what she wants to do.

The other full-time member we had, Chris Sorensen on bass, left the band because of some problems he was having at home. He’s currently in the band Abnormal Behavior, and fills in for us quite a bit for local shows. Craighton lives out in Indiana so he can’t always make it to the East Coast for shows.

(S’n’O) Some people and fans of punk rock/Oi! see you as a highly political band. I’ve seen quite a bit of people on your webpage guestbook who are displeased with some of the stances you guys take. Have you guys ever gotten into physical or uncomfortable situations because of your views?

(ML) We’ve gotten a shitload of threats. The only time things got really fucked up was at a show in Atlanta back in Dec 00. A few folks were acting like jerk-offs, because for some reason they thought we are “Commie pinko scum” I think that was the term. And of course with songs like Abandoned Vets, Responsibility, Requiem for a Patriot and the like its sooooooooo obvious we are so Anti-American. Moral of the story – You can’t reason with absolute idiots.

(S’n’O) What are your views of America at the moment? I know you guys are the furthest thing from anti-American, so let’s air some views. What do you think about the “war on terrorism” and the September 11th incident? Do you think Bush is handling it well?

(ML) I’m in extreme agreement with getting the Taliban out of power (I started writing an anti-Taliban song back in March 2001). I also agree with dismantling the Al-Qaeda network. I think, generally, Bush has done the right thing, but he hasn’t inspired too much confidence from me in doing it. In comparison, I have never been a fan of Mayor Guiliani’s politics, but was amazed at the job he did handling everything that went down in NYC. He is a true leader. President Bush doesn’t come across in the same manner. I’m glad the Colin Powell is Secy of State, though.

What does bother me is the flaunting of the Constitution in creating military tribunals. There is a reason that we live in the greatest country in the world. By subverting some of those ideals, the integrity of the country is greatly lessened.

(S’n’O) I know you’re a very Pro-Union man. Do you think the Union is as important now as it was 25 years ago? How so?

(ML) I think it is a lot more important now. Unions don’t wield as much power as they used to. To make things worse, shit like NAFTA and GATT further undermine workers’ leverage in the work place, therefore, creating greater need for collective action – this is where the Union comes in. Approaching those in power with a united front exponentially improves working conditions, benefits and wages. Without a resurgence in organized labor, the plight of the working class will continue to spiral downwards at a devastating rate.

(S’n’O) How has being raised in Jersey shaped you? What about influences from the Boss and Little Stevie? Sopranos? (Just kidding)

(ML) If you keep talking like that I’m gonna lock you in the trunk of the car. In all seriousness, Springsteen’s music inspired me to pick up the guitar and write songs. There is no way in hell, I would be doing this today without his inspiration. Little Steven’s music exposed the political realm to me. Both Springsteen and Little Steven’s music compelled me to question society’s mores, political norms, ideals of freedom and justice, as well as my own internal struggle.

Being born and bred in Jersey, along with the idea that I’m gonna live here for the next 50 years or until I’m dead (whichever comes first), definitely influences one’s attitudes and way someone lives. There’s always a certain paranoia that one must have to survive in the area. The first few times through the Midwest and beyond I was always taken aback at how nice people are. My first thought was “what’s their angle?”, “why are they bein so nice?” It took a few trips out to realize that people, in general, are being nice just because they want to be, not for any ulterior motive. I’m glad I have enough of that paranoia, but can still appreciate people’s kindness and friendliness.

(S’n’O) Who are some of your favorite bands, old or new?

(ML) Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Southside Johnny, Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Little Steven, Chuck Berry, Dion, The Clash, SLF, Johnny Thunders. As far as newer stuff, GC5, Callaghan, Day Care Swindlers, Tanka Ray, Roustabouts, Gut Feeling, King Size Braces (RIP), Tommy and the Terrors, Brass Knuckle Boys, Amazing Royal Crowns (RIP), Ducky Boys, Blood for Blood, Dropkick Murphys , Swinging Utters, I’d fucking be here forever if I had to list all the bands I like, so suffice it to say many more

(S’n’O) I notice you guys always tour with the GC5 and Callaghan…who else is in this Cosa Nostra and what does it mean to you?

(ML) The original Cosa Nostra is us, GC5, Callaghan and the Daycare Swindlers, it has extended to encompass some younger bands that are doing things the right way. Namely, Tanka Ray, The Roustabouts, and Gut Feeling. We are like one big family. Characteristics, such as integrity, loyalty, and passion are the common threads running through these bands. Bonds of that type create a feeling of family though out. Being a part of the Cosa Nostra means maintaining a devotion to the rest of the family and to these ideals.

(S’n’O) What bands do you like to tour with the most? Who would be your DREAM band to play with? I know you’ve played with many, many great bands over time….any memories stick out to you as being the best?

(ML) We like to tour with the GC5. They are like our 4 little brothers. They are good kids and they do things the right way. Any of the Cosa Nostra bands are great to be on the road with for the reasons stated above. We’ve had a great time touring with the Boils; we had a blast when we did a ten day tour with Dropkick Murphys, Tommy and the Terrors, and Toe to Toe. It’s always nice being out with any variation of The Brass Knuckle Boys. For the most part, we don’t set up tours or shows with people we don’t like or have respect for. Be it the Amazombies, King Size Braces, Pressure Point, the Brass Tacks, et al, we’ve always been really lucky to play with good bands and more importantly good people.

Obviously it would be a dream to play with Springsteen or the Stones, but at a more attainable level we’d love to do some shows with Agnostic Front and Sick of it All. Although I’ve never been into hardcore all that much, I appreciate and respect to the highest degree, how these bands have kept it real for all these years. I started opening up to hardcore a few years ago. Ken Casey teamed us up with Blood for Blood on that Flat/TKO split 7″. I thought he was nuts when he told me. We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band, they’re a hardcore band. He said not to worry about its a good match. I went to go see them live a few months later and they fuckin blew me away. It was one of the best things I had ever seen. That started my interest in hardcore.

As far as tour experiences, every time we go to Texas, we come out with so many good memories playing with the likes of The Staggers, Worm Suicide, Razor Burn, The Blacklisted, the Booked. (et al.)

(S’n’O) What do you feel is the best song you have written and why?

(ML) It really depends on the context. There are certain songs that I like for different reasons. Not to sound cliché, but they are all like my children and it’s hard to differentiate degrees of fondness for any of them individually. Among my favorites are “Different Breed” and “Altar of the Open Road” because I think I was able to put forth exactly what I was feeling at the time and still feel. I like the narrative and emotional family oriented aspect of “Latin Knights”. I think I got forth exactly what I wanted to say when I wrote “Worker Fate”. And one that is still in the crib that will hopefully get on our next record “Fight the Good Fight” for a variety of reasons.

(S’n’O) What’s the future plans for the band?

(ML) Keep playing rock n roll for all the lost souls and working class motherfuckers out there. We ain’t got a fuck of alot except music and each other so we gotta keep this thing rollin till we can’t roll no more.

(S’n’O) How is your wife and family doing? How’s the New Year going?

(ML) My wife Kerri is counting the days until we go back on the road. She’s workin some shit temp jobs. We’re all really buckling down so we don’t get evicted. My mom recently got laid off which makes things pretty tough. But she’s still fighting through it. We all are doing what we have to do.

(S’n’O) Anything else you’d like to address, feel free!

(ML) Stick to your guns! Follow your gut!

(S’n’O) Thanks to anyone?

(ML) Thanks to everyone who has given us support, bought our records, and danced at shows.

Interview By Sean Holland

Tommy & The Terrors, Hudson Falcons, The Skels, Darkbuster – The Middle East, Cambridge MA, (July 28, 2001)

There were a lot of reasons to make tonight’s sold out show a great one; a Tommy & the Terrors/Darkbuster split CD release party, a Boston v’s New Jersey showdown and ‘Darkbusters’ last ever show.

Tommy & the Terrors
First up were Tommy & the Terrors (wasn’t there an Irish Punk band called Terry and the Terrors once?); now stripped down to a four piece after the departure of guitarist Kevin. Tommy & the Terrors can be best described as “Yobcore”; a cross between Oi, Street Punk with a good dose of old school Boston hardcore played with the f**k you attitude of a soccer hooligan. A good live set which included a great Bad Brains cover thrown in. If you’re into fast, catchy Street Punk check’em out.

Hudson Falcons
Next up were New Jersey’s Hudson Falcons; a band I really admire. Easily the best of the new Punk band that have arrived on the scene over the last couple of years. Mark Linskey and Co. can easily claim to be the hardest working band in America; two split CD’s a full length CD in the last six months and always f**kin on tour. The Hudson Falcons took control of stage like the road master they are and played a blistering set of Rock’n’Roll influenced Punk. Nice to see “Come out you Black and Tans” back in the set, “The Rat is Dead” ripped some faces off down front and “Alternative Ulster” would have made Jake Burns envious in ’79 let alone 2001.

The Skels
Chants of “Yankee’s Suck”, “Yankee’s Suck”, resonated around the now near full to capacity Middle East as the Jersey flag laden Skels claimed the stage to do battle with the Red Sox nation. The Skels are a bunch of Jersey lad’s playing some of the finest Punk-Folk this side or that side of Hoboken. Anyone who said you can’t mosh to banjos was never at a Skel’s gig.
High points of the set were; the bruising cover of Shane MacGowan’s “Donegal Express”, “Broken Heart in Every Empty Glass” dedicated to Darkbuster, the encore of “South Australia” and Scott Heath keeping his clothes on.
Low points; no “Finest White Girl” (guys I had brought my Ska dancing shoes just for it) and Chris taking his clothes off.

Darkbuster
Let Darkbuster be a warning to you! Don’t ever bring that friend of yours who happens to be a Sawdoctors fan to a punk show. They will jump right into the mosh pit, arms and legs flailing and come out with a busted head so you’ll have to leave with them within five songs. From what I did see of Darkbuster, I just can’t believe it was the first time I’ve ever heard them (and the last). They were excellent, imagine if Blink-182 was any good or Greenday had balls and a fondness for Budweiser only Gang Green in their heyday could match.

Hudson Falcons, Wrong Side of the Tracks – Emerald Isle, Dorchester MA, (August 26, 2001)

The Hudson Falcons are like Rock’n’Roll evangelists, spreading their “Punk’n’Roll” gospel throughout the punk revival tents of America. The Hudson Falcons will play anywhere, anytime, whether to two or a thousand of the faithful.

This should have been a review of Ireland’s Blood or Whiskey but due to very last minute visa hassles Blood or Whiskey ended up stranded in Dublin. The Hudson Falcons jumped in at the last minute so a show could go ahead. There was a reasonable turnout considering all the confusion.

The Hudson Falcons provided us with an hour and a quarter of their SFL/Cocksparrer/Springsteen influenced “Shell Shock Rock”. Tonight’s show definitely had a strong Irish bent (to make up for the Blood or Whiskey no show). The rarely played “Brenda Murphy”, “Monahans”, “The Rat is Dead” and of course “Come out you Black and Tans” played with a ferocity that could stop a Wolfe Tones pacemaker (Pat “nimble fingers” Kennedy helped on piano). The new songs fitted in perfectly to the set – even “Sweet Rock’n’Rollin…” in my opinion the weakest track on “For Those…”, was one of the best live along with “Johnny Law”

Check’em out if you haven’t and unlike The Monkey’s they will be coming to you town.

Support was from Wrong Side of the Tracks, it wouldn’t be fair to review them here cos they were really the PA guinea pigs and the sound sucked for 85% of their set. For the record they play Social D. influenced “Punk’n’Roll” with the nice addition of a piano to the sound.

Tommy & The Terrors, Hudson Falcons, The Skels, Darkbuster: The Middle East, Cambridge MA (JUly 28, 2001)

There were a lot of reasons to make tonight’s sold out show a great one; a Tommy & the Terrors/Darkbuster split CD release party, a Boston v’s New Jersey showdown and ‘Darkbusters’ last ever show.

Tommy & the Terrors
First up were Tommy & the Terrors (wasn’t there an Irish Punk band called Terry and the Terrors once?); now stripped down to a four piece after the departure of guitarist Kevin. Tommy & the Terrors can be best described as “Yobcore”; a cross between Oi, Street Punk with a good dose of old school Boston hardcore played with the f**k you attitude of a soccer hooligan. A good live set which included a great Bad Brains cover thrown in. If you’re into fast, catchy Street Punk check’em out.

Hudson Falcons
Next up were New Jersey’s Hudson Falcons; a band I really admire. Easily the best of the new Punk band that have arrived on the scene over the last couple of years. Mark Linskey and Co. can easily claim to be the hardest working band in America; two split CD’s a full length CD in the last six months and always f**kin on tour. The Hudson Falcons took control of stage like the road master they are and played a blistering set of Rock’n’Roll influenced Punk. Nice to see “Come out you Black and Tans” back in the set, “The Rat is Dead” ripped some faces off down front and “Alternative Ulster” would have made Jake Burns envious in ’79 let alone 2001.

The Skels
Chants of “Yankee’s Suck”, “Yankee’s Suck”, resonated around the now near full to capacity Middle East as the Jersey flag laden Skels claimed the stage to do battle with the Red Sox nation. The Skels are a bunch of Jersey lad’s playing some of the finest Punk-Folk this side or that side of Hoboken. Anyone who said you can’t mosh to banjos was never at a Skel’s gig.
High points of the set were; the bruising cover of Shane MacGowan’s “Donegal Express”, “Broken Heart in Every Empty Glass” dedicated to Darkbuster, the encore of “South Australia” and Scott Heath keeping his clothes on.
Low points; no “Finest White Girl” (guys I had brought my Ska dancing shoes just for it) and Chris taking his clothes off.

Darkbuster
Let Darkbuster be a warning to you! Don’t ever bring that friend of yours who happens to be a Sawdoctors fan to a punk show. They will jump right into the mosh pit, arms and legs flailing and come out with a busted head so you’ll have to leave with them within five songs. From what I did see of Darkbuster, I just can’t believe it was the first time I’ve ever heard them (and the last). They were excellent, imagine if Blink-182 was any good or Greenday had balls and a fondness for Budweiser only Gang Green in their heyday could match.

Hudson Falcons, Wrong Side of the Tracks – Emerald Isle, Dorchester MA (August 26, 2001)

The Hudson Falcons are like Rock’n’Roll evangelists, spreading their “Punk’n’Roll” gospel throughout the punk revival tents of America. The Hudson Falcons will play anywhere, anytime, whether to two or a thousand of the faithful.

This should have been a review of Ireland’s Blood or Whiskey but due to very last minute visa hassles Blood or Whiskey ended up stranded in Dublin. The Hudson Falcons jumped in at the last minute so a show could go ahead. There was a reasonable turnout considering all the confusion.

The Hudson Falcons provided us with an hour and a quarter of their SFL/Cocksparrer/Springsteen influenced “Shell Shock Rock”. Tonight’s show definitely had a strong Irish bent (to make up for the Blood or Whiskey no show). The rarely played “Brenda Murphy”, “Monahans”, “The Rat is Dead” and of course “Come out you Black and Tans” played with a ferocity that could stop a Wolfe Tones pacemaker (Pat “nimble fingers” Kennedy helped on piano). The new songs fitted in perfectly to the set – even “Sweet Rock’n’Rollin…” in my opinion the weakest track on “For Those…”, was one of the best live along with “Johnny Law”

Check’em out if you haven’t and unlike The Monkey’s they will be coming to you town.

Support was from Wrong Side of the Tracks, it wouldn’t be fair to review them here cos they were really the PA guinea pigs and the sound sucked for 85% of their set. For the record they play Social D. influenced “Punk’n’Roll” with the nice addition of a piano to the sound.

Hudson Falcons: Peace of Mind

October 23, 2015

The first Hudson Falcons album from way back in the last century was an absolute street punk classic – plug-in-n-play-loud, a raw SLF meets Springsteen. Somewhere over the years the Hudson Falcons fell off my radar as they slugged around the DYI and dive circuit of the US. Listening now to their new album, Peace of Mind, it’s great to have ‘em back on my radar.

What really struck me about Peace of Mind, and yeah I am late to the party, is that while the Hudson Falcons are still the authentic blue collar punk’n’roll band, the have mellowed or at least are showing way more classic rock influences. I’m hearing a great Thin Lizzy vibe on Live Right Now, the Rolling Stones on songs like Soul Salvation and Triers Never Leave The Ground and of course Springsteen is ever present. But, the band don’t stray too far from their roots as, Scared, and, We Need A Union Now, are classic, fist pumping, up the union, Hudson Falcons classics that could have been found on Desperation And Revolution.

Like I said it’s been great to reconnect and I promise I won’t stray again. If you as a good listener are looking for no bullshite rock-n-roll then start here with Peace of Mind.

Hudson Falcons: For Those Whose Hearts and Souls Are True

The Falcons are the house band of Jersey highways and back alleys, of fast cars, fast women, burning rubber and gun smoke on the eve of a patriot worker’s revolution

GMM records have released the second full-length album from New Jersey’s own Hudson Falcons “For Those Whose Hearts and Souls Are True.” After a blistering first effort, “Desperation and Revolution” what can you expect? A Sophomore Jinx? Hell no!

If you’re familiar with the Falcons, you already know what to expect – balls out, working class street rock-n-roll (heavy on the rock-n-roll, motherfuckers!) For those of you not familiar, well, please, introductions all around: The Falcons have been aptly described as “Springsteen fronting the Clash” or “Van Morrison fronting Cock Sparrer” or my own “The gang from the Wanderers singing for Stiff Little Fingers” (As in, they got that Brooklyn/Jersey Doo-Wop/Chuck Berry street corner rock-n-roll sound combined with the frontrunners of ’77.) Well, that’s about as accurate musically as I can get, anyway. Lyrically, Mark Linskey has always dealt with the plight of the oppressed, whether it be the abused working class, abandoned vets, Irish history/politics, political prisoners or any other faction that has been stepped on – Mark steps up as their voice….and then there’s the good time rock-n-roll and tales of the Jersey wastelands.

A few things have changed since the first album – namely, it’s players. Mark Linskey is still leading the troops into battle on guitar and lead vocals and guitar virtuoso “Uncle” Chris Lynn is still kicking ass on each cut as expected. However, the bass and drum slots have been taken over by former Brassknuckle Boys Craighton Fischer and Ben Glotzbach and they sound tighter than Sister Mary Pat on a Sunday. The band is fucking rocking like never before.

This album works thematically much like some of the Boss and Little Stevie’s old tales (A ripping cover of “Open All Night” is here!) back when they were “Jersey scumbags” (to quote Mark Lind.) Fast cars, fast women, working your ass off for a livin’ and gettin’ by with rock-n-roll are all themes the record sings the praises of. Frontman Mark Linskey’s tales remind me of both the grizzled old bartender spewing truths to his patrons and of the working class Joe listening to them, all the while hoping to change his world, but wondering deep down if he can. A struggle, yes, but as “Disciples of Soul” notes, it’s one that’s worth listening to and worth fighting for: “Here’s to the wars that can’t be won/Another song that shouldn’t be sung/Another soul that can’t be saved/Another man who died tryin’ anyway/I’m gonna die tryin’ anyway.”

“For Those….” is still telling tales of the working class and pro-Union sentiment on cuts like “I’m a Worker” “Scab” and “Real Tough Guy.” The odes to rock-n-roll are still there on “Sleep, Drive, Rock-n-Roll, Repeat” (A close cousin to “L.A.M.F” from the first record) and “Sweet Rock ‘n’ Rollin’ Bad-Ass Bitch.” My favorite cut on the album is probably the heart-felt rocker called “Loyalty” where the Falcons crew outline what they’re about and what they expect in return. No explanations needed. “I got you’re back, now you get mine.”

Linskey gives the middle finger to all those who have given the Falcons grief for their politics (for being too patriotic, not patriotic enough, IRA sympathizers, Communists, etc) on “Requiem For a Patriot.” The line: “It’s the patriot’s duty to speak up and take a stand/Against the enemies of freedom who kill the common man/If we sit and do nothing we’re as guilty as the damned” says it all. Amen to that and fuck off to any thick motherfucker who doesn’t get it.

There aren’t really any Irish-flavored songs on this release, there didn’t need to be. I have spoken with Mark and he is an articulate student of Irish history/politics, so I know he is well versed in the arena. And of course, they covered the old Wolfe Tones classic “Come Out Ye Black and Tans” and anyone who has heard “Brenda Murphy” knows they can go trad. in the wink of an eye, but it’s refreshing in the sense that the Falcons don’t have to include the “Irish song” just to include it for the sake of. Just straight up street rock-n-roll burning as it goes down like a shot of whiskey. (Speaking of all things Irish, though, one of my favorite cuts is “Fallen Heroes” which was co-written with former Dropkick Murphy Rick Barton.)

“No mess, no fuss, just pure impact” (to borrow a time-honored Oi! Slogan) is how the Falcons do it. Time honored traditions and values are what the Falcons uphold. The Falcons live what they preach. They are always out on the road, so come check ‘em out when the blow through your town and definitely pick up this album.

Keep on fighting the good fight – you know the Falcons will: “Every day another fight/Against desperation in the night/It’s the Promised Land we seek/but hey, we’re a different breed.”

http://www.hudsonfalcons.com/

August 2001

Review by Sean Holland