Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of The Return Of The California Takeover, the new live LP from EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE, in advance of the LP’s release this Friday via WAR Records.
In February of 2020, EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE joined forces in Los Angeles for The Return Of The California Takeover; two shows paying homage to The California Takeover… Live, the classic live album featuring all three bands. Released on Victory Records in 1996, The California Takeover… Live is considered by many fans of the genre as one of the all-time best live hardcore records.
WAR Records is proud to release the audio companion to the 2020 event, with the retail version of The Return Of The California Takeover. The LP finds EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE all in fighting form, joining forces to play sets filled with the songs that helped define 1990s hardcore. The Return Of The California Takeover is a sonic document to a very special night shared by all those in attendance.
Recorded live at the Teragram Ballroom on February 23rd, 2020, The Return Of The California Takeover was produced by Aaron Bruno of Awolnation along with Eric Stenman (Thrice, Deftones, Will Haven) co-producing, engineering, and mixing. The record was mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy) and features artwork by Linas Garsys.
EARTH CRISIS guitarist Scott Crouse offers, “I’m really glad we were all able to get together again and give the younger folks an opportunity to see something they missed out on, and also the older people the chance to relive the good old days. The live recording really turned out great. I really think it properly captures the vibe of that night.”
SNAPCASE vocalist Daryl Taberski reveals, “The California Takeover is more than just a snapshot of ‘90s hardcore, it brings out the best in each of our bands and also our audience as well. There are a lot of laughs and camaraderie when our three bands get together, but more importantly we spark an increased energy on stage for each other.”
STRIFE guitarist Andrew Kline writes, “I am so glad that the tape was rolling, and that we were able to capture the energy and positivity of that night. The Return of The California Takeover shows were not about living in the past, but rather bringing the past full circle to the present… Having younger bands like Magnitude and Hesitation Wounds on the bill really solidified the fact that the style of hardcore that we play is still important and still running through the veins of the new generation of hardcore kids…”
The feature at Revolver adds, “In 1996, Victory Records released a soon-to-be iconic live album called The California Takeover, which featured recordings from a three-band bill in L.A. that boasted EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE — three of the most popular and influential hardcore bands of the Nineties. The live LP took on a legendary status in the halls of hardcore, and in February 2020, it happened again. Dubbed The Return of the California Takeover, those three pillars of metallic hardcore teamed up at the Teragram Ballroom in L.A. for a night that honored their legacies and proved that all three of them still got it.”
Stream the entire The Return Of The California Takeover LP featuring EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE early only through Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.
WAR Records will release The Return Of The California Takeover this Friday, November 19th, on LP, CD, and digital formats. The vinyl will be available in four variants: 300 color-in-color pressed as band exclusives, 400 on olive green available through RevHQ, BrooklynVegan, Hardtimes, Revolver, Coretex, and more, and two WAR Records exclusive pressings, with 100 on glow in the dark wax with Japanese OBI Strip and 200 tricolor California Flag pressing, all including a 24”x36” poster.
Find preorders for all formats now at the WAR Records webshop RIGHT HERE.
After their postponement over the Summer, the rescheduled California Takeover East Coast dates have been issued, rebooking the shows for May of 2022, when EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE will bring the action to Buffalo, New York on May 13th, followed by two shows in Philly on May 14th and 15th.
EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE California Takeover East Coast:
5/13/2022 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
5/14/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/15/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
The Return Of The California Takeover Track Listing:
1. Earth Crisis – Forged In The Flames
2. Earth Crisis – Constrict
3. Snapcase – Incarnation
4. Snapcase – Zombie Prescription
5. Strife – Waiting
6. Strife – Stand As One
7. Snapcase – Drain Me
8. Snapcase – Caboose
9. Strife – Lift
10. Strife – Force Of Change
11. Earth Crisis – To Ashes
12. Earth Crisis – Born From Pain