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New Federation to Direct Action

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

So after seeing New Federation at Harry’s DanceLand in the Summer of 1987, arguably the first punk show in the Greensburg/Latrobe area, I knew I had to get more involved (i.e. start or join a punk/hardcore band). I played guitar and had a “punk” band prior to seeing this show, but we only played two “shows” (more like parties) and it was starting to fissile out on its own. So I was amazed when I ran into Tom (the guitarist of New Federation) at Latrobe Drive-In where he told me that their bassist just left the band and he asked if I would be interested in playing bass in NF. Of course I did not own a bass and I had never actually played a bass but I agreed to join anyway. How could I pass up this opportunity to play in an actual hardcore punk band in my home town? I figured if I could play guitar I could easily play bass.

So about a week or so later I am driving in my car and I see Tom in his car so we both pull over to the side of the road and he gives my a cassette containing their entire set list, more or less. It seemed like half the songs were Ramones covers but there were also a batch of killer original songs. I ended up practicing with Derek, Tom, and Rob (in Tom’s basement) in the coming weeks using my guitar as a “bass.” I actually bought a bass the day of our first gig at the Banana House in Mt. Pleasant. The Banana House was an old rundown warehouse that use to be storage for various fruits (hence the name). The owner of the building let his son and all his friends use it as a “skatepark.” There was a mini half-pipe and a bunch of other ramps. It was a blast to skate their (especially in the winter). I convinced the son (I forget his name) if my band could play a show there on Halloween. He reluctantly agreed.

After I joined New Federation, we all agreed to change the name of the band (I can’t remember why). Looking back, I think the name “New Federation” was pretty cool and we probably shouldn’t have changed it. We briefly change our name to Outrage (we used this name one time for the Banana House show), but after reading about another band called “Outrage” (from Japan) in Pushead’s Pus Zone column in Thrasher magazine, we all agreed to change the name of the band to Direct Action.

I think Direct Action played their first gig at the White Eagle in Downtown Latrobe. We rented the space (which was perfect for punk shows!) with another band called Best Defense (More on them later) Greensburg’s first and only Oi band. I think the gig was originally going to be at Danceland because I have the flyer here:

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I can’t remember why the gig was moved to the White Eagles but it really doesn’t matter. Here are some pics from that gig (all of the following photos are of Direct Action. For some reason, I do not have any photos of Best Defense from this gig so if you have any, please send them to me and I will be sure to post them).

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Above: Rob Henry!

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Aaron Pagdon during his skinhead phase (in the pit with red suspenders). Pagdon, was this your first show?  

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Tom Jagger and Rob (getting serious on this number).

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Derek looking happy

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Dave K feeling the pain!

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Above is a photo of several Latrobe scenesters. Of course, Dave Roman is front and center (in the red sleeves with the Half Life shirt)! Can anyone guess the others in this photo? Lisa Kozak (right of Roman)?