Distancing themselves from their straightedge hardcore beginnings, Uniform Choice grew out their hair and recorded Staring Into The Sun. Definitely one of a handful of crucial emo releases from the 80's, the album was a big step forward for Uniform Choice. Demonstrating an ear for gorgeous melodies, the band laid down 12 righteous tracks that were terribly overlooked (even in the underground), and still don't get the recognition and respect they deserve to this day. The album is chock full of strong hooks and melodies, poetic lyrics, and a solid variety of tempos. At times the band is treading on pop punk territory ("A Wish To Dream" and "She's Locked In"). Other songs look back on their past and tear it up hardcore style. Specifically "I Am, You Are", in which lead singer Pat Dubar yells out How can I know what you're fighting me for, when you don't even know yourself? and ends the song with if only I could hold your hate, I'd rip it...clean from your HEART! It comes across really powerful. The only thing that takes away from the release is kind of a strange, slightly tinny production that gives an odd quality to the drums and guitar. Regardless, Staring Into The Sun deserved to be revered as an underground classic. But nobody's even reissued it yet, to my knowledge. That's just not right.
Brazilian artist Alexandre “Sesper” Cruz spent his adolescence absorbed in music and skateboarding – building ramps, making fanzines that documented the Sao Paulo art scene, and recording k-7 compilations. These interests influenced the sticker and paste up poster campaigns he launched around the city in 1999. Sesper is best known for his unique mixed media artwork. He uses recycled material such as paper, cardboard and wood as his surface and paints over these with oil pastel and latex, incorporating layer upon layer of texture and color. A member of the renowned Brazilian art collective, the Famiglia Baglione, Sesper has participated in and filmed many of their live painting and gallery installations around Brazil.
in music is a full time vocalist for Garage Fuzz band since 1991, as well used sing and recording in the following bands:
and the projects:
VALLEJO X SUNSET,
5 GAS QUESTION,