Through the erratic trends, pseudo-poetic pretence, and fickle fashion that are unfortunate components of modern hardcore, KILL YOUR IDOLS remain steadfast. For every lackluster “hardcore” band that succumbs to the slick trappings of metal, rock, or pop, it is nice to know that the unadulterated nihilism of Poison Idea and Negative Approach is alive and well, channeled through the unrelenting assault that KILL YOUR IDOLS have hammered home for close to a decade now.
Intricate yet punishing, the band utilizes a time-honored approach and, in doing so, achieves a characteristic sound and lyrical stance that truly sets them apart from the pack. The memorable riff slinging of guitarists Gary Bennet and Brian Meehan and scorching howls of vocalist Andy West engender an unmistakable sound that is instantly recognizable and powerful. This musical articulation of undiluted rage has proven a potent medium for conveying emotional anguish and interpersonal strife in a manner seldom matched.
In light of the fleeting life span of many hardcore bands, the longevity of this outfit is remarkable. So too is their prolific catalog. From a number of now classic EPs and splits to two full-length records, the legacy enacted thus far is certainly among the most consistent in modern hardcore and punk.
It has been three years since KILL YOUR IDOLS have released a full length album. On January 25th, 2005, Side One Dummy Records will be releasing their newest record, entitled “From Companionship to Competition.” Delving full force into the raging, melodic fray that has become their staple, KILL YOUR IDOLS tackle the many facets of depression, angst, and unrest with particular skill and power on this endeavor. With the added lineup of Mike DeLorenzo (formerly of C.R. and Milhouse) on bass, and Vinnie Value (of Warzone, Grey Area, and No Redeeming Social Value fame) on drums, their musical ingenuity and lyrical onslaught, already formidable, has been bolstered significantly. The end result is a band on top of its game on all fronts.
“Put simply, KILL YOUR IDOLS play hardcore punk. As one of the few bands that cannot be characterized by cookie cutter definitions and corresponding wardrobes, they are one of the last true New York Hardcore bands, and “From Companionship to Competition” will surely prove their finest effort yet”
-Michael Ramek, Jersey Beat, Under The Volcano, Suburban Voice
In December, 2004 Side One Dummy will also be releasing a split 7” pairing KILL YOUR IDOLS with West Coast legends 7Seconds to promote the upcoming full length records from both bands.
Gary Bennet – Vocals • – Bass
1996 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Live At CBCGB Demo Self Released
1997 : KILL YOUR IDOLS 12″ EP None of The Above Records
1998 : KILL YOUR IDOLS This is Just The Beginning 10″ EP Blackout! Records
1998 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with Fisticuffs Motherbox
1999 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with Full Speed Ahead Hell Bent Records
2000 : KILL YOUR IDOLS No Gimmicks Needed LP Blackout! Records
2000 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with Voorhees Indecision Records
2000 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with The Nerve Agents Mankind Records
2001 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Funeral For a Feeling LP Side One Dummy Records
2001 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with Good Riddance Jade Tree
2001 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Funeral For a Feeling 7″ Side One Dummy Records
2002 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Self Titled LP aka The Black Record Reflections Records
2003 : KILL YOUR IDOLS The Skinnier Years 10″ Vicious Circle Records
2003 : KILL YOUR IDOLS For Our Friends 12″ EP Lifeline / Underestimated Records
2003 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with Crime In Stereo Blackout! / Rocket Punch Records
2004 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Live At CBGB’s LP Ass-Card Records
2004 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with 7 Seconds Side One Dummy Records
2005 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with Modern Life is War Live on WLUW Lifeline Records
2005 : KILL YOUR IDOLS From Companionship To Competition LP Side One Dummy Records
2006 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Salmon Swim Upstream 7″ Vicious Circle Records
2007 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Something Started Here 1995 – 2007 7″ Box Set Get Outta Town Records
2007 : KILL YOUR IDOLS Split 7″ with Poison Idea picture disc TKO Records
2020 : KILL YOUR IDOLS “From Companionship To Competition” – Picture disc Vinyl | Knives Out Records (F)