Values Here (Photo by Bernard J. Hunt)
Values Here (Photo by Bernard J. Hunt)

Values Here sind eine frischgegründete Band, die von HC-Urgestein John Porcelly (u.a. Youth Of Today, Judge, Project X) und Sängerin Chui Kanela gegründet und von Bassist Tim Brooks (Bold) und Schlagzeuger Vinny Panza und Bassist Tim Brooks (Bold) komplettiert wurden.

Am 22. September 2023 veröffentlicht die Band über End Hits Records ihr erstes Studioalbum namens Take Your Time, I’ll Be Waiting, was wir zum Anlass nahmen Chui Kanela und John Porcelly zu ihrer HC-History zu befragen:

AFL: Do you remember the first hardcore / punk show you went to? Is the club still open today?


Chui Kanela: The first Punk show I went I guess was Green Day and Bouncing souls in 1999 I had to go with my father because I was 13 years old and they didn’t let you in unless you were with an adult.

The fisrt hardcore one was a little festival called „tortillacore“ with local bands in an iconic Barcelona place Rock And Trini, I’m not gonna say venue because it was like a social space with a super small stage but it was the freaking best. Sadly it’s not open anymore, all the Barcelona hardcore scene loved that place it was like home.

In that fest I discovered HxC and my head exploded, I was all the show in the pit and came back home completely full of bruises, my parents were so angry at me that they told me to not to go to a HxC show ever again haha.

John Porcelly: My first hardcore show was MDC and Crucifix at the Rock Against Reagan protest show in Central Park, NYC when I was a little kid. It was at the Central Park bandshell which is still there. I remember I was so stoked to see moshing for the first time and I even did my first stagedive!

AFL: What is your all-time favorite club or location?

John Porcelly with Judge on The Sound Of Revolution 2016 (Photo by Michelle Olaya)
John Porcelly with Judge on The Sound Of Revolution 2016 (Photo by Michelle Olaya)

Chui Kanela I’m gonna say Rock And Trini, for the good memories, and Estraperlo in Badalona is a great one too.

John Porcelly: CBGBs. That place was legendary and I saw so many incredible shows there. It was like my second home.

AFL: Do you remember the first hardcore / punk record you got?

Chui Kanela: Me and my brother bought a bunch of second hand CDs in a shop next to our house, I guess the mother of someone sold all their collection and all the cds were super cheap. We got D.R.I.s Thrash Zone and NOFXs White Trash Two Heebs And A Bean. The next day we went and bought all the CDs they had there haha.

John Porcelly: The first punk record I ever got was Never Mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols in 6th grade. Probably the first hardcore record I got was Black Flag Damaged. I bought it because the cover was so cool and on the back it had a warning sticker on it that said, „As a parent, I found this and anti-parent record.“

AFL: In your opinion what is the perfect hardcore show?

Chui Kanela: For me the best is the energy of a positive hardcore show, everyone jumping, stage diving, having fun in the pit but in a friendly way, if someone falls the others pick them up.

And of course in a stage where the audience can actually be part of the show, having acces to the stage (in a respectful way of course) It pisses me off when there’s a big show in a big venue and there’s a super big gap from the pit to the stage and sometimes the security guys are violent with the people just having fun.

John Porcelly: No fights and lots of singing along.

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AFL: What is your all-time favorite show you’ve played?

Chui Kanela: I’m gonna say when we played in Apolo (Barcelona) with my last band Honesty, we had so much fun.

John Porcelly: Hmm that’s a tough one. Maybe Youth of Today, Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Instead, Chain of Strength, Wind of Change at Fenders in Long Beach, California because not only was it a sick lineup and kids were going crazy, but I got to play 3 sets in one show (YOT, Judge and Bold).

AFL: Is there a show you missed in the past that still makes you angry that you could not be there?

John Porcelly with Judge on The Sound Of Revolution 2016 (Photo by Michelle Olaya)
John Porcelly with Judge on The Sound Of Revolution 2016 (Photo by Michelle Olaya)

Chui Kanela: Bones Brigade played in Barcelona years ago and I didn’t knew they were playing, I saw it a few days after and I was in a bad mood for a week haha.

Another big one I will always be sad about is in 2002, they changed the law and didn’t let the minors of 16 go to shows even if they were with an adult. No Use For A name and Pulley were playing in Razzmatazz 2 and me and my father already had tickets to go but because I was 15 years old thet didn’t let me in. So I had to listen to the show from the outside.

John Porcelly: Yeah, I went to my senior prom in high school and missed Dag Nasty with Dave Smalley singing. I should’ve skipped the prom!

AFL: What band would you like to see again?

Chui Kanela: I went to Italy to see AFI, I cried of happiness, I would love to see them again.

John Porcelly: The Dead Kennedys with Jello Biafra singing or Fugazi.

AFL: Is there a person who has influenced you especially in hardcore / punk?

Chui Kanela: I would say at first my brother, he was the one that connected me to that, he’s 3 years older than me and I used to go to his room and listen to his cassettes and CDs. When I was 10 and he was 13 he started playing in bands, dying his hair, wearing punk clothes…and I just followed this path! He went to the Spanish punk path and I went to the American one but the start was the same.

John Porcelly: Probably Ian MacKaye from Minor Threat for coming up with straight edge.

AFL: What are your top 3 hardcore-punk front men/women?

Chui Kanela: This is difficult… I’m gonna say the first ones that influenced me in singing terms:

  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Davey Havok
  • Kevin Seconds

John Porcelly:

  • Henry Rollins
  • HR
  • Ray Cappo

AFL: What is in your opinion the most underrated hardcore-punk band?

Chui Kanela: I don’t know if they are underrated but they are not as big as others and I absolutely love their songs, Another Year.

John Porcelly: Probably Straight Ahead, from NYC, Craig from Sick of it All’s previous band.

AFL: Are there some newer bands you could mention?

Chui Kanela: Go check my bbf s band Microminds, Barby the singer was the guitar player of one of my teenage year bands NASA, she’s the best. And also Katie M with my friends Isa and Marina.

John Porcelly: Gel, Magnitude and Anxious are all awesome.


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