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Kill Your Idols - Hardcore Punk from United States - Biography & Full Album Download MP3


Kill Your Idols


Hardcore Punk Band from United States formed in 1995


Kill Your Idols is an American hardcore punk band from New York, active from 1995 through 2007 and again from 2013 to the present. They were signed to SideOneDummy Records. Their releases on SideOne were Funeral for a Feeling (2001), a split with 7 Seconds in 2004, and From Companionship to Competition (2005). Other notable releases by the band were No Gimmicks Needed and This Is Just The Beginning... which were released on Blackout! Records. The band released several 7" EPs, splits with other bands (including Full Speed Ahead, Fisticuffs, Voorhees, Good Riddance, and Poison Idea), multiple compilation tracks, and two full-length LPs in their 11-year run. Most of their records were released on vinyl as well as compact disc. Some were released on different colors of vinyl, different sleeve covers, hand numbered tour presses, and picture discs, making their records a favorite among collectors.

The members cite Poison Idea, Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, Agnostic Front, Minor Threat, Warzone, Sick of It All, and 7 Seconds as some of their influences. Kill Your Idols are very fast with a metal-like dual guitar sound, topped off by shouted vocals. While they are sonically aggressive, they employed hints of melody in their song structure. Although they derived many of their influences from the California and D.C. hardcore scenes, they are considered a New York hardcore band.

The band took their name from the title of a Situated Chaos song, who were a Long Island hardcore band that existed in the 1990s. Founding members Andy West and Gary Bennett chose the name because the lyrics of the song reflected how they felt about hardcore. They both expressed interest in forming an old school hardcore band, to counter the post-hardcore and beatdown style bands that were popular at the time. Situated Chaos frontman Vinnie Segerra ran a DIY label called Mint-Tone Records, which released a 7" EP by Gary's first band Big Sniff. After the band broke up, Vinnie put him in touch with Andy. They recorded their first practice in 1995, and wrote their first song.

Once they released their first demo, recorded at their first CBGB show in 1996, Vinnie got them their first deal with Bitter Sweet Records and the band went into the studio to record what would become the "12 Inch EP". The label folded prior to its release, and the band brought the masters to Brett Clarin of None Of The Above Records. The record was officially released in 1997. They then booked their first-ever summer tour down the east coast of the United States. It wasn't long after when the band signed to Bill Wilson's Blackout! label, releasing the EP This Is Just The Beginning in 1998, and their first LP No Gimmicks Needed in 2000.

From 1998 until 2002, the band toured relentlessly across the United States, parts of Canada, Europe, and even a short tour of Japan and Korea. The band toured with many other important hardcore and punk bands of the day including H2O, Good Riddance, The Casualties, 7 Seconds, Agnostic Front, Death by Stereo, The Nerve Agents, Kid Dynamite, and many others. As a result of this, they earned a small but loyal grassroots following of underground punk and hardcore fans. Most of their songs dealt with depression, anxiety, the pain of loss, day-to-day problems, and the social politics of the punk scene. The band prided themselves on their DIY ethic, and largely worked with similarly oriented promoters and record labels. The band never took on a manager, and only took on a booking agent for a short time when their touring schedule was at its peak. In 2001, the band signed to SideOneDummy Records, a well-known independent based in California. This afforded the band more widespread distribution, college radio play, and offers to tour with much bigger bands and play much larger venues. SideOne would release their LP's Funeral For A Feeling and From Companionship To Competition.

Breakup

By 2003, the band was almost completely burned out from the road, and took to only playing locally, mostly at legendary venue CBGB's. They also recorded from time to time, releasing From Companionship To Competition in 2005 and their final EP in 2006 titled Salmon Swim Upstream. Kill Your Idols decided to officially call it quits in 2007, and played their final shows in May in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. The last show in New York was held at a VFW hall in eastern Long Island. Right before the band went on, the show was raided by local police and fire officials and was shut down due to over-occupancy. Fans and friends of the band quickly reorganized the event later the same night in the parking lot of a band rehearsal space in an industrial area. Complete with a PA system and full backline, the band ripped through as many of their songs as they could before the police arrived again. After they broke up, the members took interest in other musical projects and started families.

Reunion and later years (2013-present)

On May 19, 2013, Kill Your Idols reunited to play at the Black 'N' Blue Bowl at Webster Hall in New York City, six years after their initial breakup to a very welcoming crowd. In 2015, they played two sold out shows on March 20th and 21st in New York and New Jersey respectively. Friday was held at Saint Vitus Bar In Brooklyn, New York and Saturday at GameChanger World in Howell, New Jersey. Both of these shows were benefits for Nate Gluck from Ensign, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. The Saturday show was a part of NateFest, and featured sets from bands including Sheer Terror, former touring mates Indecision, and Bigwig. They continued to play occasionally throughout the 2010's, most notably at the Warzone tribute show, held at Tompkins Square Park in 2017. Drummer Vinnie Value was a part of the house band for the Warzone set, having been their drummer until the passing of Raybeez in 1997. In April 2018, they embarked on a short east coast run with Fireburn, playing in Boston, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. They continued to play singular shows throughout 2019, including at Skid Row Garage in York, Pennsylvania.

On January 20th 2020, drummer Vinnie Value passed away unexpectedly. Kill Your Idols dedicated their February 29, 2020 show at Revolution in Long Island to his memory. Anthony Corallo from Sheer Terror filled his spot that night, and joined the band that year.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the band found themselves writing new material through online communication. In mid-2020, Kill Your Idols announced they would be releasing their first new material in over fifteen years. They include a brand new 12" vinyl release on Triple B Records, as well as split EP's with Vermont's The Path and hardcore band Rule Them All. The split with Rule Them All was released on March 4th, 2022 through Flatspot Records. It features two new songs titled "Tragic" and "Simple, Short, & Fast".

Other projects

Many past and present members of Kill Your Idols have been constant figures in the Long Island and New York hardcore scenes since the 1990's. Guitarist Gary Bennett and current drummer Anthony Corallo play in the legendary New York hardcore band Sheer Terror, with Bennett having been with them since the late 1990's. Corallo is an audio engineer, runs his own label Chronic Death Records, and has been a fixture in the hardcore scene since the 2000's. Bennett also formed Deathcycle, a crossover thrash band featuring original member Ron Grimaldi, with Paul Delaney joining later on. Paul would go on to form death metal band Black Anvil alongside Gary and previous drummer Raeph Glicken, soon after the 2007 breakup. Prior to joining Kill Your Idols, Raeph spent time drumming in multiple New York hardcore bands, including SFA and Cause For Alarm, playing on the latter's final album Beneath The Wheel. Current bassist Mike DeLorenzo and former guitarist Brian Meehan both spent time playing in the Long Island band Milhouse, with Meehan leaving prior to joining Kill Your Idols in 1998. They've also both been members of hardcore/metal band Celebrity Murders. Mike and former drummer Vinnie Value formed Skinheads Still Scare People (S.S.S.P.), which was a hardcore/Oi! style project featuring Anthony Corallo on drums. S.S.S.P. dissolved following Vinnie's passing in 2020. Vocalist Andy West joined Too Many Voices in 2011, singing on their demo tape that same year, later to depart a short time afterward.

Members

Andy West – vocals

Gary Bennett II – guitars

Mike DeLorenzo– bass

Anthony Corallo – drums

Past members

Vinnie Value – drums (2003-2007, 2016-2019; died 2020)

Paul Delaney – bass (1998-2003, 2007, 2013-2015)

Raeph Glicken – drums (2000-2003, 2013-2015)

Brian Meehan – guitar (1998-2007, 2013)

Jim Conaboy – drums (1995-1999)

John Leonardi – bass (1995-1997)

Joe Martin – drums (1999-2000)

Hugo Fitz – guitar (2019-2021)

Dave Oster – drums (1996)

Ron Grimaldi – drums (1995)

Mike ‘Chickie’ Walter – guitar

Jon Abarno – guitar

Dan Lerch – bass

Mike Disseto – guitar

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Band Members :   Michael De Lorenzo, Vincent Verga, Raeph Glicken, Gary Bennett, Paul Delaney, Andy West, Brian Meehan, Dave Oster, Joe Martin, Ron Grimaldi, John Leonardi




- Biography -

25 albums

Kill Your Idols - 12 Inch L.P. Hardcore CIrca

12 Inch L.P. Hardcore CIrca '96 - '97

2021 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl LP16 Tracks
Chronic Death


Kill Your Idols - Bipolar Hardcore Split 7 Inch

Bipolar Hardcore Split 7 Inch

2007 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 7"2 Tracks
Tko Records


Kill Your Idols - Something Started Here 1995-2007

Something Started Here 1995-2007

2007 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl, Box Set 7"38 Tracks
Get Outta Town Records


Kill Your Idols - Salmon Swim Upstream & Live On Crucial Chaos WNYU 88.1 FM 02/06/03

Salmon Swim Upstream & Live On Crucial Chaos WNYU 88.1 FM 02/06/03

2006 - United States
Hardcore
CD Album16 Tracks
Not On Label (kill Your Idols Self-released)


Kill Your Idols - Salmon Swim Upstream

Salmon Swim Upstream

2006 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl 7"5 Tracks
Vicious Circle Records


Kill Your Idols - From Companionship To Competition

From Companionship To Competition

2005 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl LP15 Tracks
Sideonedummy Records


Kill Your Idols - Live On WLUW

Live On WLUW

2005 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl 7"5 Tracks
Lifeline Records


Kill Your Idols - april04

april04

2004 - United States
Hardcore
CDr Album3 Tracks
Not On Label (kill Your Idols Self-released)


Kill Your Idols - Live At CBGB

Live At CBGB's

2004 - United States
Hardcore
CD Album16 Tracks
Ass-card Records


Kill Your Idols - 7 Seconds / Kill Your Idols

7 Seconds / Kill Your Idols

2004 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 7"4 Tracks
Sideonedummy Records


Kill Your Idols - The Skinnier Years

The Skinnier Years

2003 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
CD Album Compilation15 Tracks
State Of Grace


Kill Your Idols - For Our Friends

For Our Friends

2003 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl LP8 Tracks
Lifeline Records


Kill Your Idols - Kill Your Idols / Crime In Stereo

Kill Your Idols / Crime In Stereo

2003 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 7"6 Tracks
Rocket Punch Records


Kill Your Idols - Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols

2002 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl LP13 Tracks
Reflections Records


Kill Your Idols - Joined East: Results  Three Act CD

Joined East: Results Three Act CD

2001 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
CD Album6 Tracks
Sub-mission Records


Kill Your Idols - Funeral For A Feeling

Funeral For A Feeling

2001 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl 7"4 Tracks
Sideonedummy Records


Kill Your Idols - Good Riddance / Kill Your Idols

Good Riddance / Kill Your Idols

2001 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
CD EP7 Tracks
Jade Tree


Kill Your Idols - Kill Your Idols / The Nerve Agents

Kill Your Idols / The Nerve Agents

2000 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 7"6 Tracks
Mankind Records


Kill Your Idols - Voorhees / Kill Your Idols

Voorhees / Kill Your Idols

2000 - United States
Hardcore
Vinyl 7"8 Tracks
Indecision Records


Kill Your Idols - No Gimmicks Needed

No Gimmicks Needed

2000 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl LP17 Tracks
Blackout! Records


Kill Your Idols - Kill Your Idols / Full Speed Ahead

Kill Your Idols / Full Speed Ahead

1999 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 7"6 Tracks
Hell Bent Records


Kill Your Idols - I Hate The Kids

I Hate The Kids

1998 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 7"8 Tracks
Motherbox


Kill Your Idols - This Is Just The Beginning

This Is Just The Beginning

1998 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
CD Album8 Tracks
Blackout! Records


Kill Your Idols - 12 Inch E.P.

12 Inch E.P.

1997 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 12"9 Tracks
None Of The Above


Kill Your Idols - Live At CBGB

Live At CBGB

1996 - United States
Hardcore
Cassette Single Sided16 Tracks
Not On Label (kill Your Idols Self-released)




- Videos Kill Your Idols -

36 Videos

From Companionship To Competition
Kill Your Idols
Stuck In A Rut
Kill Your Idols
Still Pist
Kill Your Idols
Kill Your Idols- We've Tried Nothing and We're All Out of Ideas
Kill Your Idols
Kill your idols - only dicks don't like black
Kill Your Idols
Goodye to you (Scandal cover)
Kill Your Idols
Kill Your Idols -A1- Nameless (Self Titled LP 2002)
Kill Your Idols
Kill Your Idols -A3- Do You Know? (Self Titled LP 2002)
Kill Your Idols
Kill Your Idols -A2- Hardcore Circa 2002 (Self Titled LP 2002)
Kill Your Idols
I told you so
Kill Your Idols
Another Great Start To A Miserable Day
Kill Your Idols
Good Riddance / Kill Your Idols Split (Full)
Kill Your Idols
OGODTHEDEITY - Good Riddance / Kill Your Idols (Prod. Yapuzi)
Kill Your Idols
Salmon Swim Upstream - Kill your Idols
Kill Your Idols
12 Inch E.P.
Kill Your Idols
Kill Your Idols, Shits Creek (This is just the beginning)
Kill Your Idols
Just the beginning
Kill Your Idols
The Path
Kill Your Idols
Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You
Kill Your Idols
Falling
Kill Your Idols
Dead Cities (Exploited Cover)
Kill Your Idols
Do you still hate me? (Jawbreaker cover)
Kill Your Idols
See through you
Kill Your Idols
After All
Kill Your Idols
We've Tried Nothing and We're All Out of Ideas / Funeral For A Feeling
Kill Your Idols
Epilogue
Kill Your Idols
Killing Your Idols - KYI [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]
Kill Your Idols
Can't take it away
Kill Your Idols
Cast Me Aside
Kill Your Idols
Autumn
Kill Your Idols
Enjoy The Show
Kill Your Idols
Mosh Intro/Falling - St. Vitus Brooklyn 3/20/2015
Kill Your Idols
Goodye to you (Scandal cover)
Kill Your Idols
Killing Your Idols - How Much More [OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO]
Kill Your Idols
Right Now
Kill Your Idols
Right Now / Autumn
Kill Your Idols




Kill Your Idols

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