Paul Bearer is the vocalist for one of the most influential and underrated New York Hardcore bands of all time: Sheer Terror. Sheer Terror came out of the very strange New York Hardcore scene of the 80s — before the music became codified into the metallic, bouncy mosh parts we think of as NYHC today. While Sheer Terror is certainly no stranger to blending metal and punk, their sound is much more Tom G. Warrior plus Oi! rather than syncopated, single-string riffs. Nothing against bouncy mosh parts, but Sheer Terror is much more my cup of tea, personally.
Paul and I talk not only about the weird world of punk and hardcore in New York in the 80s, but also about Paul’s cooking and his aggressive and comical pet Russian tortoises.
Check out the full conversation with the legendary Paul Bearer below.
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Learn more from Paul and Sheer Terror here:
- Instagram: @djdontlikeu | @officialsheerterror
- Facebook: @sheerterror | @joecoffeeband
- Merchandise: Dead City Merchandise | Socks at Omerta Mia
- [02:36] Paul’s DJing and the dangers of developing a habit collecting Northern Soul records
- [13:36] How to get into Northern Soul. And, artists finding out they’re unexpectedly famous.
- [27:20] The difficulty of being creative during the pandemic. And, Paul burned all his old, unused lyrics notebooks.
- [37:42] Paul’s specialty dishes
- [43:51] Obsessive music collecting and getting into punk. Plus a meditation on aging and hard living.
- [56:19] Paul’s thoughts on fitness (Don’t miss this…)
- [58:50] New York was a weird place during the 80s and New York Hardcore was a weird scene. Plus, the violent, sketchy world of skinheads and the evolution of anti-establishment politics.
- [1:15:51] New Sheer Terror music and how to buy Sheer Terror socks
Links and Resources Mentioned:
- Northern soul
- The Jackson 5
- Lee Charles
- Eunice Collins
- Northern Soul: An Oral History | Red Bull Music Academy Daily
- Throbbing Gristle
- Industrial Records
- Major Lance
- Keisha Lance Bottoms
- Searching for Sugar Man
- Russian tortoise
- Polish Hunter Stew
- The Sweet & Savory Spot
- Humble Pie
- Alice Cooper
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- Mott The Hoople
- David Bowie
- Bruce Springsteen
- Nancy Spungen
- No Wave Compilation
- The Dickies
- The Stranglers “Bring On The Nubiles”
- The Plasmatics
- Red Hot Chili Peppers “One Hot Minute”
- Craig Setari
- Bad Brains
- Thin Lizzy “Baby Please Don’t Go”
- Infanterie Sauvage
- Bowling For Soup