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403: Never seen Philly Skate rock Legends McRad? Well now you can May 29th

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Have a great time. Try and pick out Walter’s GB songs, say hi to Chuck and any enjoy a band (METROPLEX) described as being like Superchunk/Nada Surf/and jawbreaker…thats filling all the right shoes!

You can also buy Derek Rinaldi drinks all night, be advised he only excepts one per customer so get there early!

Jason

S’more info:

After doing shows in Brooklyn for over a decade – we’re coming to Philly!!

Punk Slope returns!

***FRIDAY MAY 29th 2009***

WALTER SCHREIFELS (live)
(quicksand, gorilla biscuits, rival schools, walking concert)
bringing a full band to play songs from all his bands and his new solo material!!

McRAD (live)
featuring Chuck Treece. we couldn’t do the first punk slope in
philly without the legend.

METROPLEX (live)
great band hailing from philly. think superchunk, nada surf, jawbreaker.

along with:
classic hardcore, punk rock, reggae, 80s underground played before,
in between and after live performances. stick around – it’s a party!

with DJs:
NICK CAIN (punkslope, earthprogram, watermark)
JOEL T. (punkslope, earthprogram, watermark)
JG (pink skull, savant guard)
BRIAN ROSS (earthprogram, the five tones)

@
The Khyber
56 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-5888

doors at 7pm. come early! stay late!
$10 at the door.
(advance tix available at ticketweb.com)

add us on myspazz: myspace.com/punkslope
or see all our past events here: punkslope.com

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290: Chuck Treece MCRAD/Wreckroom Skateboards Interview and photos by Shamus (James Lathos)

 

Mcrad
interview with Chuck Treece 
words and photos Shamus
     

South Philly O.G. skate-rocker Chuck Treece is a raw talent both in skating and in music. On top of his game and still throwin down layback tailslides and shredding out riffs with his band Mcrad, he’s droppin a new album this fall and is also launching a new skateboard company, WreckRoom skateboards. Chuck invited me up to the city of brotherly love to catch up, talk about his early days in the scene and discuss his new upcoming projects.

Chuck, can you give us a brief history of your childhood and how you found skateboarding and music?

Chuck– Where I grew up was Wilmington Delaware. Born 1964, May 30th. When the first wave of skateboarding happened with the small wood boards and the metal wheels, I think I was around nine or so, I tried it. I was living in the hood in Wilmington DE in this little port town called Dunleaf. Later on when I was 13 my father moved me out to the suburbs in Newark. A couple years had passed and the boards were cooler. I got on a Skateboard and fifteen minutes into it I busted my knee. I haven’t jumped off since. Then I moved to Philly. When we started, all we were connected to was the skate mail order shop where we would get our boards from, that was are haven. We looked at that for our vessel to the world of skating. Once we had Cherry Hill skateboard park to skate and get a lot better and become more serious, then I knew we actually had a part in it. When all the other parts died, myself, Tom Groholski and a core of us kept skating. We didn’t give up, a lot of people fell off and we were just hardcore about it. 

What about music? How did you get into playing music?

Chuck– My father is a sax player, was a sax player. He had a top 40 band and they would always rehearse in the house. I was told at age two I would get out all the pots and pans, sit em all around me, and just beat on em. My father decided to get me a drum kit at age 6. By age 8, I performed with his band at a club out on 95 called Boots and Bonnets. They gave me a drum solo, and I played in the songs. So basically from 8 years of age I’ve kinda been groomed to be in music and be on stage and take it serious. It was all self taught… no schooling. So my father’s input, my uncle’s input, and my mom from taking me to see the Jackson 5 and all the big bands back then……

The Jackson 5?

Chuck– Yea, yea, A couple of times. I’m a product of that whole generation.

Who are some of your musical influences?

Chuck– Definitely Michael Jackson for one, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bad Brains, The Who, U2, definitely the Police. A ton of reggae a ton of dancehall even jazz. Ya know everybody’s an influence, but music as a whole is an influence. Jimi Hendrix is my ultimate

Mcrad@The Fire in Philly


Tell us about reaching pro status in the eighties.

Chuck– 85-86 I was hangin with Tom Groholski and we were skating this ramp up in North Jersey. We were going around to a bunch of contest and I would do okay and he would totally rip almost all of them. Street skating was starting to kinda of happen a little bit on the underground and I was getting really serious and wanted to turn pro on a vert contest. So I did.

Sponsorships?

Chuck-Thunder trucks, OJ wheels, I had a model on Suregrip and Stacy flowed me boards for a while but Santa Cruz was my main….. like that’s when I felt like I was doing the best as far as being sponsored by a company cause I loved there wheels, I loved there boards and everything about that northern California way of life.

How did you hook up with Stacy Peralta and your songs get into the classic Public Domain video?

Chuck– Well I wrote Stacy when I was 14 and we kept in touch throughout high school. I had a chance to record a record for this label Beware records which started from Brian Ware who also owned Thunder trucks. Since I rode for Brian, he was like I’m gonna put together this label and put out your band, Stevie Caballero’s band, Drunk Engines and another band he had. It was called Beware records. At that point, he had four releases and Stacy was doin the Savhanna Slamma video and Stacy put our entire record to that video. He used all the Beware artist and then immediately right after that Stacy goes right into doing Public Domain. He was like, “hey Chuck, I like these songs”, and this and that. He didn’t even tell me about putting Mcshred and Weakness in there. He just said “can you do a song”, and I did a song for Tommy Guerrero. I went to go see the premiere of the movie and then all of a sudden Mcshred and Weakness come on and I was like WHAAAAATT!

Public Domain Weakness part by Stacy Peralta 86?

Who were you skating with in those days?

Chuck– East Coast wise it was Jim Murphy, Steve Herring, Tom Groholski, Rodney from Shut, and Papo from New York. West Coast, I would skate with Christian at times, I would skate with Gator if I’d go to DelMar. Just skate with all the cats that were really cool like (Redbone, Rodriguez), all the rocker cats, the Alva cats, the Zorlac cats. I always got along amazingly well with them cause they were all about partying and music. It was easy to have a session and have like 10 or 15 pros there but we were all like friends.

No way, you skated with Gator? What was it like when he got locked up for murder?

Chuck-When the Gator thing happened that killed everybody. That sucked for us cause we all hung out with Gator. The first time I went to Del Mar skate ranch it was myself, Keith Stevenson, Tom Groholski and Mark Rogowski(Gator). Everyday we were there. We always skated together. It was unbelievable to be around a talent like Mark, he could rip anything. He was a top, top, top pro and it sucks that he had to wild out and lose himself cause he’s a real talented guy. I hear he doesn’t want to have anything to do with skateboarding and it suck’s because he’s such an important guy for all of us.

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Who are your favorite all time skaters?

Chuck– Marty Grimes, Greg Rissotto, Sugarbear from Cherry Hill, Victor Perez, Mike Jezabowski, Jamie Godfrey…that’s the old east coast crew. The west coast crew Jay Smith, Stacy Peralta, Tom Groholski, Christian Hosoi, the whole Variflex team, the whole Powell team. There are so many great skaters I got to meet. Let me just set it straight, the core of where skateboarding is today is all because of Duane Peters. Duane Peters is the original bad boy on a skateboard and held it down and is still holdin it down, still skating his ass off. He’s just a punk rock dude! The whole angst of skateboarding has been modeled after Duane Peters. What Henry Rollins is to punk rock, Duane Peters is to skateboarding.

As a drummer, guitarist and even bass player, who have you worked with in the past?

Chuck-I’ve played with Bad Brains, Underdog, The Goats, Urge Overkill, jammed with Living Colour, jammed with Pearl Jam, G-Love, Slightly Stoopid, Jimmy Booth, Teddy Pendergrass, D’Angelo, The Roots, Jazzy Fat Nasties, played behind Jaguar Wright, I’ve played behind Jill Scott, Kindred.

What about the Billy Joel experience? How’d that go down?

Chuck– I was doin a session for Ruffhouse records which is a Philadelphia record label. I was doing work down there and one day they said “hey there’s this Billy Joel remix do you want to play bass on it”. It took me 25 minutes and I cut a bass track and a month later it’s a huge hit. Billy was in on the studios recording cause his manager embezzled all this money and skipped town so he was recording a record out west and a record back east. The studio ended up getting a chance to do a remix of the song called River of Dreams. The remix turned into the single.

How does that song go?

Chuck– In.. the middle of the night. I go walkin in the… (laughter)

What are your thoughts with hip hop in skateboarding?

Chuck-Like the whole Lupe Fiasco thing, some people were happy about it but it didn’t seem like it really meant what it should have. Most of the people that are hardcore into skating and hip-hop were like whaaaat? They both survive on their own, why try to suck it up into it. It seems like it got thrown together cause it’s thugged out and I’ve been hearing a lot of people just don’t like it. 

Now people can take skating as a serious career and a business. What do you do after skating? You got to put a lot of hours into skating. If you don’t have any business savvy….. it’s hard. Christian just made a comeback but he’s really bustin his ass, compared to where he could be. Oh my god, Christian was like….. still the best skateboarder in the world.

Tell me about your new company WreckRoom skateboards.

Chuck– Yea yea, Wreckroom is a company I started with Russ Phillips and Tony Squindo. We were involved with this other company called Poolside skateboards out in the Portland/Seattle area. I did one board with Poolside and Russ was like, why don’t we start another company. Since we used artist Tony Squindo for my first board with Poolside, we decided to make it a three headed company. We have the artist, the skater/musician and the business guy. Now were thinking of adding on people, putting boards out and selling them grassroots. I’ve always wanted to own a skate company.

Where’s your favorite place to skate?

Chuck- Bam’s ramp! Oh yea, I got some songs on Bam’s new video coming out called Minghag. It’s really, really funny. Bam’s been a huge help. Thank’s Bam, so so much.

Chuck @Bam’s ramp

Where did the name Mcrad come from?

Chuck– The name was actually made up by the bass player from Husker Du. It was their first time in Philly and I was hangin with them a bunch. Just taggin along, a little guy learning from big punk rock guys. It was weird, they were playing at this guy Jacob’s house by Drexel University. After the show we were talkin to the bass player and we were like “Oh we got this band, skateboarding and music, and he was like “Mctear, Mcshred”. I was like cool, and then he said” Mcrad” and we were like whoa! So it’s weird he actually came up with the name. We owe Greg a hell of a favor.

What’s up with the new album? What can we expect?

Chuck-The album FDR is titled after the skateboard park here in Philly. It’s all of the songs that I thought the skaters related to and that we played live. I wanted to have a real focused record on everything that was Mcrad from 1982 to 2007, so that’s what this record is about. It’s from 1982 till now but it’s delivered in a different package. I want to be more intense on this next record, kind of like Fugazi records or anything that Ian touches. He gives it that classic edge and that’s what I want to do. I really look up to Ian.(Ian Mackaye)

Mcrad at FDR skatepark in Philly

Chuck– Skating and music share the same energy they take a lot of focus. I love focusing and concentrating on music and creating music and I also love that with skating. I’ve been skating even harder now and it feels great. I get a chance to still be on my board and have fun. I want to keep music and skating at the same threshold cause it feels good! I started skating when I was 13, I’m 43 now.

Shout outs?

Treece-Thanks to Uprising records, Russ Phillips, Andrew at Black and White PR, Chuck in San Diego, Jim and Tammy, JFA, Frontside Five, Smiles Project, Schmitty, Mom and Dad and my kids; Isaac, Dovi, Kieran and Jurni.

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159: Chuck Treece, Ray 157: Ray Barbee (Ban This) , Mike Watt and a Nichols Charnoski Production

Ray Barbee and Chuck Treece

Check out Chuck Treece Jamming with Ray Barbee and Mike Watt (Minutemen/ Firehose) in Cally.

Footage was shot by Team Steam’s Rick Steamboat Charnoski.

Click the NCP Logo an go check out Chuck!!

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Weepy used to play Double Nickels on a dime in my car all too often. I remember desperately trying to get him to take it out an put in something ridiculous like King Diamond in. I learned my lesson sooner then later. (Keep in Mind Weeps thought Cookie Puss was the greatest Beastie Boy single ever)

I did get the opportunity to see “We Jam Econo” the film about The Minutemen at Lincoln Center and sat infront of Dez Cadena (Black Flag singer)..cool time

jason

If you dont know who Ray Barbee is then you must go study at the university of wikipedia! … and watch the Ban This video as well.

WARNING THIS MAY HYPNOTIZE YOU!!!
Cool stuff!

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Buy Rays music… So Says the House of Steam 

jason

Uprising has reissued “absence of sanity”

so click the pic and go check it out (buyit)

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158: Chuck Treece Underdog City Gardens Trenton, NJ 88 (now with more Bad Brains, Circle Jerks and Kep?)

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Chuck Treece Russ Iglay Underdog 1988 City Gardens NJ

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Chuck Treece Russ Iglay Underdog 1988 City Gardens NJ

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Chuck Treece Underdog 1988 City gardens NJ

All Photos by Ken Salerno

jason…what up ????

chuck treece….. you need some of these…hahaha ken chuck playin’ with underdog @ city gardens…trenton,nj

Nice ones Ken

JASON

those are pics from an underdog show..we did a summer eastcoast and
westcoast tour..

good times.

the bass player is RUSS IGLAY.

what a blast from the past..underdog is still playing shows….they have a
nu line..russ,richie and dEAN are still playing…

thanx.

summer of 88..

treece

Too cool!

Check out Underdog on Myspace!!

I haven’t thought about City(you know the joke) Gardens in Trenton in a looong time. I think it was Jimmy Kane who saw a 21 an over Descendent’s show there and only 12-15 people over 21 could get in. I also remember HR playing the trumpet during a Bad Brains set instead of singing the songs…(Aaaarrrgh). Anyone at the Circle Jerk show that didn’t start till like 4am? Everyone stuck around and the band kept calling from the road on there way to the gig.

Oh yeah and The Raging Lamos!

Good Times

jason

hey jason…howzit ???

you were at the bad brains show with the trumpet eh ????

HR Bad Brains photo ken salerno jason oliva the house of steam

the circle jerks ALWAYS tore up “shitty” gardens…..

Keith Morris Circle Jerks Ken Salerno jason oliva the house of steam

and a praise the lord from kep….does anybody know where he is ????jacksonville,fl. was the last # i had for him…know he ain’t there anymore……

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Kep

over/out,ken(Salerno)

(HR/Circle Jerks/Kep..photos Ken Salerno)<=======Its good to have a pro on the payroll

City Gardens (Trenton NJ) has officially Hi jacked this post… Fair enough the place deserves mentioning!

The Internet really does rule all sometimes….From now on I will mention everything, you never know what will turn up….I knew I remembered a trumpet!

Nice one Ken!

Jason

ps.

Bad Brains new record (out Yesterday)…produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch===> very good an old school sounding…Nice work Adam!

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Uprising has reissued “absence of sanity”

so click the pic and go check it out (buyit)

Mcrad absense of sanity chuck treece jason oliva the house of steam

McRad Chuck Treece Jason Oliva The House of Steam

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157: Chuck Treece, McRAD new record and tour this Summer!!

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Album Cover Photo Mike Mazur
here’s the run down and all..

UPRISING RECORDS/4KIDZ RELEASE END OF JULY

TITLED “FDR

McRAD CDART Squindo Chuck Treece jason oliva the house of steam

Looks like SQUINDO’s art to me!

also spliit cd with

FRONTSIDE FIVE and MCRAD

FIVECORE RECORDS/4KIDZ RELEASE june 30th.

show dates below.

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TOMMY GUERERRO TOUR
june 21rst-philly-johnny brenda’s
june 22nd-brooklyn nyc
june 23rd-nyc

MCRAD SUMMER TOUR:
Jun 24 2007 11:00A
ASBURY LANES,THE FAST LANES n THE BARONET THEATER ASBURY PARK, New Jersey
Jun 30 2007 8:00P
SK8TOPIA RUTLAND
Jul 1 2007 8:00P
PEPPER’S TAVERN Ocean City, Maryland

Jul 2 2007 9:00P
VELVET LOUNGE Washington D.C, Washington DC

Jul 3 2007 8:00P
LUCKY’S Wilmington, North Carolina

Jul 5 2007 10:00P
REPENT Athens, Georgia
Jul 6 2007 8:00P
LANDSHARK CAFE ATALNTIC BEACH, Florida
Jul 7 2007 8:00P
KONA SKATEPARK Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 14 2007 7:00P
THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH PHILLY, Pennsylvania

Jul 27 2007 9:00P
THE EL BAR PHILLY, Pennsylvania
Aug 18 2007 10:00A
Brendan BorekSurf Memorial Benefit. AVALON, New Jersey
Aug 25 2007 8:00P
PLP CLUB HOUSE TOMS RIVER, New Jersey
Aug 25 2007 8:00P
PLP CLUB HOUSE TOMS RIVER, New Jersey

Aug 29 2007 9:00P
NORTH STAR PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
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Sep 28 2007 10:00A
GATEWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Go out and see McRad this Summer and buy their record!!! So says THE HOUSE OF STEAM!!

Oh yeah!

Uprising has reissued “absence of sanity”

so click the pic and go check it out (buyit)

Mcrad absense of sanity chuck treece jason oliva the house of steam

McRad Chuck Treece Jason Oliva The House of Steam

wreckroom Chuck Treece Jason Oliva The House of Steam


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156: The House of Chuck (Steam) Chuck Treece Thrasher Magazine

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Chuck Treece Thrasher Magazine May 1984

That looks like Tom Groholski’s ramp to me. Not much to say here except how cool is this cover!

Been in touch with Chuck recently and he seems busy as ever. Touring with McRad, Wreckroom Skateboards….Skating!

I have accumulated alot of cool stuff regarding the man so I figured why not spread it out over the week…

Here is a little Then and now to start it off…enjoy

jason

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Chuck Treece ….(ruler of the layback!)

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