Allegiance

Allegiance was a band full of all my best friends, so this band will always embody the term “family” to me.  John Eightclip and I even lived together for many years.  He, Ross, Duane, Skones (roadie), and I still hang out on a regular basis, and I think we will always treat each other as brothers.  Allegiance and our extended group of friends was always kind of the “home base” for Rivalry Records in the SF Bay Area of California, and we welcomed any Rivalry affiliated band in with open arms and helped them with whatever they needed.  Though Zach Harlan and myself were the faces of Rivalry Records, I always saw John, Ross, Duane, Phil Lantz, Matt McCall (“Skones” – Allegiance roadie, Right On vocalist), Naoma Johnston (booking shows at 924 Gilman St.), my roommate Aaron Menesez (Right On bassist), and Ryan Mattos (Ceremony guitarist) as just as much of an integral part of Rivalry Records as anything else.  Without this sense of community, I don’t think Rivalry Records would have been able to accomplish even half of the things that we did.  I also included photos of the Right On 7″s and the Some Still Believe 7″ at the bottom, since both of these bands featured most of the same people!

Despite this band being very important to me, what you’ll see here is primarily just photos. Refer to the Rivalry Records entry for my reasons behind not including lengthy stories or pressing info for all of the Rivalry stuff…

Allegiance “So This Is It” Retrospective


John, Duane, and Ross explaining what Allegiance and Rivalry meant to them. Watch this and you’ll understand everything I’ve been saying above about the Rivalry family. Click above to watch, or watch on Vimeo for a larger version.

Allegiance – “Demo 2002” cassette tapeWhite cassette tape looks cool!

For a show in Ventura, John made some of these mini CD’s of the demo.

Here’s a closer look.  Packaged as a letter to someone at the Ventura show on June 21st, 2002.  Notice the stamp in the upper right hand corner?  About 6 years later, that same stamp was used for a limited weekend tour edition of their “Out Of My Blood” 7″ single, which came out just before their final “Desperation” LP.  Pretty cool how they brought it all back together, from beginning to end.

Allegiance – “s/t” 7″This 7″ was originally released by Aram Arslanian (Champion) on Anchor Records, which was his first label long before he ever started React Records.  I later re-released the CD as Rivalry #11, but I never re-pressed it on vinyl.  I know there was also a black vinyl pressing (not pictured above), and maybe I’m missing something else? Not sure.

The back of the rejected test pressing in blue (left), accepted test pressing in white (right).  It seems like Aram always had trouble with vinyl pressing plants!!  There were also rejected test pressings for the What Feeds The Fire 7″ on Anchor, Champion 7″ and LP on Bridge 9, as well as some rejected tests on React!

The cover is a sweet tri-fold layout.  This has always been my favorite way to package a 7″!

Allegiance – “Demo 2002″ 7”I pressed the Demo 2002 on vinyl and gave it away free to anyone who pre-ordered the re-issue of the Allegiance “s/t” CD on Rivalry.

Test pressing.  For some reason Zach and I had this funny picture of John, and we figured it went well with that weird photo on the 7″ b-side label of Duane in pajamas on tour, holding a toothbrush, haha.  All in all, this demo 7″ was something we were doing just for fun to give away for free, so, well…. We had fun with it!

To make pink vinyl, they mix transparent red vinyl with white vinyl.  We ended up with 12 solid red marble copies, so we stamped them to denote which we had deemed “solid red”, since there were various shades of darker and lighter pink. 

The whole “take your fucking shirts off!” thing was an on-going gag with all of us… The story is something along the lines of Isaac and Duane clowning each other, and eventually Isaac starts busting Duane for always listening to heavy/hard stuff.  They stop at a mini mart on tour, and Isaac is either getting out of the van or in the store screaming at Duane “Take your fucking shirts off!” while flexing and posturing, a la “mosh call out” style.  I wasn’t there, so I’m sure I’m not getting it exactly right.  But this whole thing was always something we’d yell at Duane, so it made the matrix etchings of a few Allegiance releases, as well as this special stamp.

The layout was just a single 7.5″ piece of cardstock, printed front-and-back.  There was no fold-over or glue pocket cover.

Allegiance / Internal Affairs – “Split” 7″Rivalry #6 was a split release between Rivalry Records and Malfunction Records, one band from each label.

People often ask me what’s up with this test pressing cover… I honestly don’t know.  I know Linas and Tru would usually have their friend Dave Brown make test pressing covers. I’m not sure if this was one of Dave’s creations or not.

The only color pressed was gold vinyl, but there were just a few that came out this rootbeer color during the pressing transition from gold vinyl to black vinyl.

Tru and Linas had Robby Redcheeks screen-print these covers for Posi Numbers Fest 2004.  When I arrived at Posi Numbers, Tru gave me half of them to sell at the Rivalry table.  These covers turned out awesome!

Close-up of the numbering.

Robby experimented with printing alternate ink colors, but these were never used on any actual covers.

When we arrived at Posi Numbers, we were surprised to see that Internal Affairs had already made their own limited cover for the fest.  There must have been some miscommunication between Tru and I.A.

There were a few copies discovered to have the same labels on both sides.  We’ve seen 20 or more copies that have Internal Affairs labels on both sides.  But there is only one single copy that we have seen with Allegiance labels on both sides.  I got that one copy from Tru in a trade a couple of years ago.  Obviously I can’t really show the same labels on both sides in one photo, but here’s a photo of the double-IA label and the double-Allegiance label copy… You’ll just have to trust me.

Close-up of the Allegiance label.

Close-up of the I.A. label.

Linas did an awesome job with the layout and the snake drawing on the cover.  I really dig those snakes!

The snakes were used on several Allegiance and Internal Affairs shirts in a couple of different ink and t-shirt combos. Here’s the brown snakes on a grey hoodie. There was also orange snakes on a black t-shirt (SF Giants!).

Allegiance – “Overlooked” LPRivalry #12 was a big deal for us.  It came out along with Rivalry #14, Go It Alone’s “The Only Blood Between Us” LP, and it made the Summer of 2005 a really exciting time for Rivalry.  Allegiance was a band full of all of my best friends, so this band will always embody the term “family” to me.  John Eightclip and I even lived together for many years.  He, Ross, Duane, Skones (roadie), and I still hang out on a regular basis, and I think we will always treat each other as brothers.  Allegiance and our extended group of friends was always kind of the “home base” for Rivalry Records in the SF Bay Area of California, and we welcomed any Rivalry affiliated band in with open arms and helped them with whatever they needed.  Though Zach Harlan and myself were the faces of Rivalry Records, I always saw John, Ross, Duane, Phil Lantz, Skones (Allegiance roadie, Right On vocalist), Naoma Johnston (booking shows at 924 Gilman St.), my roommate Aaron Menesez (Right On bassist), and Ryan Mattos (Ceremony guitarist) as just as much of an integral part of Rivalry Records as anything else.  Without this sense of community, I don’t think Rivalry Records would have been able to accomplish even half of the things that we did.

Zach did this cool test pressing cover.  The tank isn’t really representative of anything in particular, but it looks awesome! haha.

This was the first time I ever did the whole “a-side/b-side swirl vinyl thing”.  I was really psyched on the yellow/black swirl vinyl.  It reminded me of a mix of a leopard and tiger spots/stripes.  Also – the black and orange nuclear pattern is dope, because it’s SF GIANTS COLORS!!  I’m sure Duane didn’t think so… He’s a SD Padres fan, haha.

The “II” on the b-side label of the 2nd pressing.

Layout

Someone emailed me this photo of the Rivalry promo posters for the Allegiance and Go It Alone full lengths hanging up in a store in Europe. This was a big deal for us. It blew our minds that our posters were hanging in a record store halfway across the world next to an Elton John poster! Stuff like this always made all of the hard work worth it.

Promo poster for the GIA / Allegiance Euro Tour.

Fliers for a show on the GIA / Allegiance Euro Tour.

GIA / Allegiance crew pic at the end of the Euro Tour.

Something along the lines of Ross paying John a bunch of money to jump off some huge bridge into freezing cold water in Eastern Europe…? Sketch.

Allegiance – “Desperation” LPRivalry #24. I really like the way the vinyl colors match the layout for this release.  The white/gold swirl looks especially cool.

Test pressing

The distinct vinyl colors.

Layout

Promo poster

Allegiance – “Out Of My Blood”  7″ SingleThe “Out Of My Blood” one-sided 7″ single was released a couple of months before the “Desperation” LP came out.

Test pressing

John and I had an idea of doing a screen-printed image on the b-side of a limited amount of the one-sided 7″s.  We asked Zach Harlan to come up with an image of the Bay Bridge that could be screen printed on the vinyl.  Zach came through and Ryan Mattos did an awesome job screen printing on the white vinyl.  I think it turned out perfectly, and it’s one of my favorite Rivalry variants.

A close-up of just the screen-printed vinyl.

We used the same stamp from the Allegiance mini-CD demo envelopes on a weekend tour edition.

For the final Allegiance show, John hand-printed the dust sleeves on the few remaining pieces of vinyl that the band had left.  He used the same screen on some of the “Demo 2002” 7″s as well, but I only have this one.

The layout is like all the other Rivalry 7″ singles… It’s just one sheet of 7.5″ cardstock, printed front and back.

V/A – “Coastal Flooding Volume 1: The West Coast”A comp featuring Allegiance, Champion, Blue Monday, Find Him And Kill Him, Where Eagles Dare, and The Miracle Mile.  I know there were colors pressed other than blue vinyl, but I didn’t really collect them all.  I don’t believe the 2nd Volume for the East Coast ever happened.

The inside of the layout.

Allegiance @ Rivalry Showcase 2008


Allegiance @ Rivalry Showcase 2008. Click above to watch, or watch on Vimeo for a larger version.

The full Allegiance crew after the final Allegiance performance at 924 Gilman St. for Rivalry Showcase 2008. This photo features just about every person that ever played in or roadied for Allegiance, minus a few early dudes.

Me and Allegiance outside the Che Cafe in San Diego, CA on the final Allegiance trip to SoCal.

A band from Cali in the snow… This could have been the final Go It Alone show in Vancouver, BC? Just guessing. It snowed like crazy that night. Cool photo, thanks Kim!

Allegiance, Go It Alone, Blue Monday. Somewhere on a U.S. Tour.

Allegiance, Verse, Down To Nothing. Somewhere on a U.S. Tour.

Allegiance and Lights Out. Bay Area hardcore family.

Years later… Ross’s bachelor party in Lake Tahoe, July 2010. Homies 4 Life.

Allegiance related bands….

Some Still BelieveThe original band from Redding, CA, which featured pretty much all of the Allegiance members, except for John Eightclip, before they moved to San Francisco.  Matt McCall (Skones) sang in both SSB and Right On. This is the first demo from 2000.

Demo 2001, I’m pretty sure it was CD only.

The only SSB 7″ came out on Martyr Records.  I threw in an After The Fall sticker here too, since that was the other band from Redding when we were all growing up in Northern California.

Test pressing

Limited cover made for “Che Fest” in San Diego.

Side A of the “Che Fest” vinyl.

Side B labels.  They wrote different little sayings on each of these. I’m not sure what “erotic cakes” are, hmmmm…

I’ve got a super rare black swirl transition copy.  I think there’s 5 or less of these things.

SSB made a limited cover for their last show, and threw in a CD-R recording of their last few songs.  It’s too bad these never came out as a “real” release, because it’s good stuff!

Layout

Right OnEvery member of Right On either played in Allegiance, roadied for Allegiance, helped out at Rivalry Records, or lived at Rivalry HQ at some point.  My man Skones sang in SSB and Right On.

“No Joke” was the first Right On 7″, released on Malfunction Records.  I think the cover of this 7″ is so fucking rad!  Definitely a cool Cali vibe.

Test pressing

There were a couple different combinations of green vinyl with green vs. pink cover, and the same with the pink vinyl.

Straight Ahead rip-off cover for Sink With Cali Fest.

The layout is seriously fucking awesome.

“Reality Vacation” was the second Right On 7″.  The CD came out on Malfunction Records, but Rumble Records released the vinyl.

Test pressing

Sound And Fury cover.

Layout

My Allegiance collection, at its peak…

  • Allegiance – Demo 2002 cassette tape
  • Allegiance – Demo 2002 mini CD demo for Ventura show
  • Allegiance – s/t (TEST PRESS, #4/16)
  • Allegiance – s/t (Rejected TEST PRESS, #1/16)
  • Allegiance – s/t (GOLD)
  • Allegiance – s/t (WHITE)
  • Allegiance – Demo 2002 (TEST PRESS, #1/15)
  • Allegiance – Demo 2002 (RED, #1/12 w/”TAKE YOUR FUCKING SHIRTS OFF!” stamp)
  • Allegiance – Demo 2002 (PINK, out of 88)
  • Allegiance – Demo 2002 (BLACK, out of 400)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (TEST PRESS, #06/20)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (ROOTBEER, out of 10)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (GOLD w/BLACK streaks)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (BLACK, with double I.A. labels, out of 20)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (BLACK, with double Allegiance labels – possibly 1 of a kind? never seen another!)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (GOLD, out of 395)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (BLACK, posi #’s “head” cover #80/100)
  • Allegaince / Internal Affairs – Split (BLACK, posi #’s silk screened green snakes cover, #/120)
  • Allegiance / Internal Affairs – Split (BLACK, out of 1480)
  • Allegiance – Out Of My Blood 7″ (TEST PRESS, #1/20)
  • Allegiance – Out Of My Blood 7″ (WHITE, silk screened SF image on b-side, out of 97)
  • Allegiance – Out Of My Blood 7″ (BLACK, stamped and numbered b-side label, #1/100)
  • Allegiance – Out Of My Blood 7″ (BLACK/WHITE swirl, out of 220)
  • Allegiance – Out Of My Blood 7″ (BLACK, out of 620)
  • Allegiance – Out Of My Blood 7″ (BLACK, “SO THIS IT” silk screened for last show, out of 56)
  • Allegiance – Overlooked (TEST PRESS, #1/15)
  • Allegiance – Overlooked (BLACK/YELLOW SWIRL, out of 160)
  • Allegiance – Overlooked (ORANGE, Posi #’s 2005, out of 210)
  • Allegiance – Overlooked (YELLOW w/RED SPLATTER, out of 603)
  • Allegiance – Overlooked (ORANGE/BLACK nuclear pattern, 2nd press, European Summer 2006 Tour, out of 255)
  • Allegiance – Overlooked (YELLOW w/RED SPLATTER, 2nd press, II b-side labels, out of 757)
  • Allegiance – Desperation (TEST PRESS, #1/20)
  • Allegiance – Desperation (ORANGE, Sound and Fury 2007, out of 100)
  • Allegiance – Desperation (METALLIC GOLD/BLACK swirl, out of 200)
  • Allegiance – Desperation (METALLIC GOLD/WHITE swirl, Summer Tour 2007 press, out of 200)
  • Allegiance – Desperation (METALLIC GOLD, out of 600)
  • V/A – Coastal Flooding West Coast comp (BLUE, Champion, Allegiance, Blue Monday, + more)
  • Some Still Believe – Demo 2000 cassette tape
  • Some Still Believe – Demo 2001 CD-R
  • Some Still Believe – s/t (TEST PRESS)
  • Some Still Believe – s/t (BLACK/WHITE SWIRL, mispress, out of 5)
  • Some Still Believe – s/t (BLACK, w/”last show 8-30-02″ cover, #42/50)
  • Some Still Believe – s/t (BLUE, w/San Diego Fest cover, #25/100)
  • Some Still Believe – s/t (GREYISH MARBLE, out of 200)
  • Some Still Believe – s/t (BLACK, Last show)
  • Right On – Demo cassette tape
  • Right On – No Joke EP (TEST PRESS #4/15)
  • Right On – No Joke EP (GREEN, 1st press, green labels, pink cover, out of 200)
  • Right On – No Joke EP (BLACK, 1st press, green labels, green cover, out of 800)
  • Right On – No Joke EP (PINK, 2nd press, pink labels, pink cover, out of 50)
  • Right On – No Joke EP (PINK, 2nd press, pink labels, green cover, out of 450)
  • Right On – No Joke EP (BLACK, 2nd press, pink labels, green cover, out of 450)
  • Right On – No Joke EP (BLACK, 2nd press, pink labels, Sink With Cali 2005 Straight Ahead rip, #37/50)
  • Right On – Reality Vacation (TEST PRESS, #4/22)
  • Right On – Reality Vacation (ORANGE, out of 200)
  • Right On – Reality Vacation (WHITE, out of 300)
  • Right On – Reality Vacation (CLEAR, out of 425)
  • Right On – Reality Vacation (CLEAR, Sound and Fury 2006 cover, out of 75)

3 Responses to Allegiance

  1. Matthew McCall says:

    i’ve never even seen that transition press of the SSB 7″ it looks pretty rad

  2. Megan says:

    in all seriousness can I buy the hoodie from you… for a wedding gift.

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