Gang Green Loves Your Hardcore Stories: "Like, 'Grandpa Got Me Into Gang Green at 12'"
Photo by Amy Hartman
When it comes to reckless, speedin', boozin', fightin' Boston hardcore, Gang Green's Chris Doherty and crew are the kings.
Their songs, like "Alcohol" (covered by Metallica), "Skate to Hell," and "Another Wasted Night," are fireballs of poetic aggression. And the album cover for their 1984 seven-inch single "Sold Out" features the Gang Green guys and a bunch of chicks partying, with the band's name spelled out in cocaine on a mirror.
Doherty founded Gang Green as a kid in Braintree, Massachussets. Then one day, his buddy Springa showed up to hear the band practice with Jerry's Kids from down the street. He liked what he saw. So he got them a show.
"We played with SS Decontrol, who he sang for," Chris recalls, "and they were the biggest band in Boston at that time. It meant the world to us."
That was all way back in 1981.
Next weekend, Miami's Idle Hands Productions hosts a night of hardcore fury at Churchill's Pub with Gang Green and SS Decontrol, both back together again. Well, sort of -- Springa Sonic Droogs is the name of the former SSD singer's new project, covering all SSD songs.
"I was just working on a letter to Al Barile," Chris says. "He's the guitar player who started SS Decontrol. He's a little upset that Springa's playin' with us. He hates him and doesn't want him to profit in any way or have any fun being 'formerly of SSD.' We been going back and forth on Facebook about it. But me and Springa been friends since we were teenagers."
Of course, though, Chris knows that wherever his buddy goes, chaos ensues.
"Springa, he's a troublemaker," the Gang Green frontman admits. "When we were kids, he was always stealing something or causing a controversy, getting in fights, shit with the police. It was never a dull moment. This is gonna be just like we're kids again."