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Hardcore Architecture: Les Evans / Cryptic Slaughter


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This publication is an in-depth interview with Les Evans, guitarist for Cryptic Slaughter.

It is one of a series of printed publications emerging from Hardcore Architecture, a project by Marc Fischer and Public Collectors that explores the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s.

Describing themselves as "hardcore thrash," Cryptic Slaughter began in Santa Monica and was active from 1985 until 1990. The group is considered a pioneer of crossover, an aggressive form of music that had one high top sneaker in metal and the other combat boot in hardcore punk. In 1985 it was a risky proposition to be a long haired kid attending hardcore shows, making music that borrowed the guitar riffs and heaviness of metal with the political concerns, anger, and speed of hardcore. Cryptic Slaughter—along with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I.), Corrosion of Conformity, The Accüsed, Crumbsuckers, Cro-Mags, and others—made music that punks and metal kids could agree on.

In addition to the expected band business, Evans also talks about growing up in Santa Monica and how his upbringing there, and the local scene which included groups like Excel, Suicidal Tendencies, and Hirax, impacted their music in the mid-late 1980s.

The booklet includes reproductions of printed ephemera related to Cryptic Slaughter including flyers and materials issued by the group.

By Les Evans, Marc Fischer and Public Collectors

First edition, 2015
Printed in an edition of 500

20 pages, two-color Risograph, 8.5 x 11 in.