Episode 171: Strife w/ Andrew Kline

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Strife formed in 1991 signing on with Caroline Records, who issued their debut album, One Truth, in 1994, before signing on with one of the country’s leading hardcore labels, Victory. In 97 they issued In This Defiance, a recording on which the band attempted to broaden their sound, as it featured guest spots from members of such acclaimed non-hardcore acts as Fear Factory, Sepultura, and the Deftones. 

But just when it seemed things were going good for the band, Strife announced their disbandment in early 1998. Sporadic reunion concerts followed (as well as a collection of odds and ends, 1999’s Truth Through Defiance, and almost exactly two years later, Strife decided to reform. In 2001, Strife issued their third studio album, Angermeans, which was followed up by their first major tour in nearly four years.

I’m sure many of you bought The OG California Takeover back in the day. I did as well. But did you know there’s a new The Return Of The California Takeover that was put out on Andrew’s label War Records in 2021? You should go check that out. 

I first heard about these guys on the Cinema Beer Nuts comp which I’ve talked about on numerous episodes and their video blew my fucking mind. I immediately went out and got In This Defiance and loved that CD. 

Luckily, Andrew runs the IG account so I sent them a message, got him on the Skype and this is what we chat about.

  • The new California Takeover Release
  • What’s the new crowd like compared to the old
  • Backlash from the One Truth DVD
  • Sepultura having an influence on In This Defiance
  • The video for Blistered
  • The change in sound
  • Angermeans
  • And a ton more

Check out his band Berthold City’s new record “When Words Are Not Enough on WAR records” which just released recently so go check that out. 

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