Chokehold (band)

Chokehold is a Canadian vegan straight edge hardcore punk band from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They were active from 1990 to 1996, and came together again for a reunion tour in 2015, and five dates in Japan in September 2016.[1][2]They released their third album in 2019.[3]

Chokehold
OriginHamilton, Ontario, Canada
GenresHardcore punk, metalcore
Years active1990–1996, 2015-present
LabelsGood Fight, Cosmic Note, A398 Recordings, Rhythm of Sickness, Bloodlink, The Great American Steak Religion, Conquer the World, Grinding Edge
WebsiteFacebook
MembersChris Logan
Josh Fletcher
Matt Beckman
Past membersJeff Beckman
Sandy Robertson
Jon Sharron

HistoryEdit

Chokehold was formed in 1990 in Hamilton.[4] Their first release More Than Ever was in 1991. This was followed in 1992 by a split EP with Crisis of Faith and the Life Goes On EP.[5] Their rise in popularity paralleled that of other vegan straight edge bands such as Earth Crisis, and hardline bands like Vegan Reich and Raid.

In 1993 Chokehold released the Prison of Hope LP through American label Conquer the World Records and sounded their own record label Structure Records to release music by Florida band Bloodlet.[6] They released their next EP, 1994's Instilled, on Philadelphia's Bloodlink Records. This EP featured some of their most political material to date, notably the anti-religious song "Anchor", the anti-homophobia song "Mindset", and their manifesto on Human/Earth/Animal Liberation "Burning Bridges".

They followed this in 1995 with their second LP, Content With Dying. This album contained "Not a Solution", a vehemently pro-choice hardcore song.

They signed in 1996 to Germany's Mad Mob Records and recorded four new songs, which were to be released as a split CD with Feeding the Fire. But, after a European tour in 1996, the band decided to break up. They played their last show in March at the New Bedford Festival in Massachusetts.[7] These four songs were released as a self-titled EP on Jawk Records the following year.[8] Rhythm of Sickness Records posthumously released a split 12" vinyl with Left For Dead; Redstar Records later released one of their unreleased covers on the compilation The Sound and the Fury.[8][9] Members went on to play in such bands as Brutal Knights, Left for Dead, Haymaker, Our War, Seventy-Eight Days and Funerary.[10][11][12]

In 2015, remixed versions of the band's albums Prison of Hope and Content with Dying were re-released.[13] The band reunited and began touring in support of the new releases. Comments[vague] by a band member and a subsequent violent confrontation at their first performance in Toronto led to allegations[vague] of racism and transphobia, which were denied by the band members and their label.[14][15]

MembersEdit

Current members
  • Chris Logan – vocals
  • Josh Fletcher – guitar (later), bass
  • Matt Beckman – drums
Former members
  • Jeff Beckman – guitar
  • Jon Sharron – bass
  • Sandy Robertson – guitar, bass

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
EPs, singles and demos
  • The Whole World Is an Addiction (1991, self-released)
  • Life Goes On (1992, Arm's Reach)
  • More Than Ever (1991, self-released)
  • Instilled (1994, Bloodlink)
  • Tooth and Nail (1997, Jawk)
  • We're Not Gonna Take It (2015, A389)
Compilation albums
  • Prison Of Hope (1994, Conquer The World)
  • Chokehold (2015, A389)
  • Sell It For What It's Worth Box Set (2016, A389)
  • Discography (2016, Cosmic Note)
Splits
  • Chokehold / Crisis of Faith (1992, Grinding Edge)
  • Chokehold / Left for Dead (1996, Rhythm of Sickness)
Compilation appearances

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chokehold announce Japan tour dates". Uniteasia.org. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Chokehold Japan tour 2016 決定│PUNX SAVE THE EARTH". Punxsavetheearth.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  3. ^ Nee, Chris (1 May 2019). "Review: Chokehold – With This Thread I Hold On". Thisdecay.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Chokehold, A389 Recordings, and Social Complacency in Hardcore" Archived 2018-01-08 at the Wayback Machine. The Rainbow Hub, by Emory Lorde July 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Julien, Alexandre (December 6, 2010). "Crisis of Faith Official Biography". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on April 8, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  6. ^ Julien, Alexandre (September 8, 2011). "Structure Records Interview". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on April 8, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Interview with Chris Logan from CHOKEHOLD" Archived 2017-04-22 at the Wayback Machine. Live High Five, GG Allis. January 4, 2013
  8. ^ a b Julien, Alexandre (November 3, 2011). "Redstar Records Interview". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Julien, Alexandre (January 14, 2010). "Winter Records & Rhythm of Sickness Records Interview". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on November 20, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  10. ^ Julien, Alexandre (August 5, 2009). "Left for Dead". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  11. ^ Julien, Alexandre (October 5, 2010). "SeventyEightDays Official Biography". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  12. ^ Julien, Alexandre (November 20, 2013). "Funerary Official Biography". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on November 20, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "Chokehold Talk Their Newfound Second Life, Stream A389 Reissues". Exclaim!, By Bradley Zorgdrager. Jul 17, 2015
  14. ^ "Chokehold Responds to Calls to Remove Them From Mesa Hardcore Festival Lineup". Phoenix New Times, July 29, 2015 By David Accomazzo
  15. ^ "Stray From The Path Talk The Changing Politics Of The Hardcore Scene". Music Feeds, David James Young on August 12, 2015
  16. ^ "Chokehold to Drop 'With This Thread I Hold On' Album, Stream Its Opening Cut (PREMIERE) | Features". Noecho.net. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Chokehold - With This Thread I Hold On". Newnoisemagazine.com. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2020.