Sunday, January 24, 2016

Song Of The Week: 1/24/16

Song: "Your Hate Mentality"

Artist: 7 Seconds

Album: "Leave A Light On"

Year: 2014

Place Of Origin: Reno, Nevada

Years Active: 1980-present


"Your Hate Mentality" is a song that appears as if it's aim is directly at right wing conservatives. Those who perhaps have a view of freedom and liberty that does not pertain to everyone, but, they feel it's their right to push their agenda on everyone that doesn't agree with them, whether that's about patriotism, religion, gun control, you name it. It's about people who are so steadfast in their belief on certain issues that you cannot even have an intelligent debate with them because they just feel they are right and you are wrong, regardless of what points you have.

7 SECONDS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1980 - "Socially Fucked Up" (Vicious Scam Tapes)
1981 - "3 Chord Politics" (Vicious Scam Tapes)
1984 - "The Crew" (BYO Records)
1985 - "Walk Together, Rock Together" (BYO/Positive Force Records)
1986 - "New Wind" (Byo/Positive Force Records)
1987 - "Live! One Plus One" (Giant Records)
1988 - "Ourselves" (Restless Records)
1989 - "Soulforce Revolution" (Restless Records)
1991 - "Old School" (Headhunter Records)
1993 - "Out The Shizzy" (Headhunter Records)
1995 - "" (Headhunter Records)
1995 - "The Music, The Message" (Epic Records)
1999 - "Good To Go" (Destiny Records)
2000 - "Scream Real Loud...Live!" (SideOneDummy Records)
2005 - "Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over" (SideOneDummy Records)
2014 - "Leave A Light On" (Rise Records)


7 Seconds is a legendary hardcore punk band out of Reno, Nevada. Heavily influenced by The Dils, 7 Seconds set out to play a brand of hardcore, straight edge punk rock music right from the start. Formed by brothers Kevin Seconds and Steve Youth, the band got it's start in 1980, releasing their first cassette, "Socially Fucked Up" and 1981' "3 Chord Politics". Both of these albums would be re-released later on various compilations. In 1984 and 1985, 7 Seconds cemented their spot in punk rock with two definitive statements of hardcore punk rock music with their albums "The Crew" and "Walk Together, Rock Together". In the mid to late 80's, the band began to shift it's sound a bit, almost having a new wave/pop punk feel to their songs, beginning with the 1986 release "New Wind". Early fans of the band were disheartened to say the least about the band's shift in direction to a much softer sound. With punk rock gaining a rebirth of sorts in the early 90's thanks in part to bands like Green Day, Bad Religion, Rancid and The Offspring, 7 Seconds actually hooked on with major label Epic Records and returned to their roots with the album "The Music, The Message". Their major label status was short lived as the band would eventually hook up with punk label SideOneDummy Records and record and release "Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over" in 2005. The band went on a semi-hiatus after this release with Kevin Seconds working mostly on solo acoustic material. In 2014, the band did make a comeback with their album "Leave A Light On", released through Rise Records. Currently, the band was going full force in support of their latest album "Leave A Light On" with touring and what not when they had to abruptly halt everything when Kevin Seconds' brother Steve Youth needed both treatment for alcoholism as well as finding out he had a tumor in his mouth that needed to be removed. Kevin actually started a gofundme page to help out his brother and if you are a fan of the band and perhaps have a few bucks you can lend to help out with medical costs, you can google "Steve Youth" and you can easily get a link to the page. When I first started getting into punk rock, it was bands like No Use For A Name and Pennywise that were my favorites. As you start researching back through some of the history of the music, you find the Bad Religions, the Black Flags and the 7 Seconds that were super influential to bands like No Use, Pennywise, Ignite, Good Riddance and so on. One band that I really loved that was a very short lived project was Deviates. Listen to either of their albums and tell me that it's not hugely influenced by 7 Seconds. Hopefully, Steve gets back to good health and the 7 Seconds train rolls on! Their music is always relevant and it's always true.


1. We're Gonna Fight
2. Walk Together, Rock Together
3. Young 'Til I Die
4. Satyagraha
5. Clenched Fists, Black Eyes
6. I Hate Sports
7. New Wind
8. Leave A Light On
9. Rules To Follow
10. If The Kids Are United (Sham 69 cover)

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