Zack de la Rocha began Inside Out in August of 1988, when he decided he wanted
to sing in a band (rather than play Guitar, as he had been doing in
Hardstance). Teaming up with Rob Hayworth (also of Hardstance) on Guitar,
Sterling Wilson (of No For An Answer) on Bass, and Vadim (of Half Off) on
Drums, Zack wrote several songs and played one or two shows. The response,
however, was not enthusiastic, and Zack put the band on hold.
Vic in Inside Out @ Spanky's Cafe - loads of SoCal Hardcore shows were here
(pic: Dave Sine) In mid 1989 Vic DiCara moved to SoCal. Chris Bratton, acting
on a tip from Tom Capone of Beyond, contacted Vic to play in a band he had put
together for Dave Smalley (best known as the singer of DYS, Dag Nasty, All, and
Down By Law). Dave actually came down and sang with the band, but soon felt he
wanted to distance himself from Dag Nasty at that time (he then formed Down By
Law). But a member of that band, Alex Baretto (Best known as bassist for Chain
of Strength and who had also been playing drums with Zack in Hardstance) got
the inspiration to reanimate Inside Out - fusing Zack and Sterling from the
original line up, with himself on drums and Vic on guitar.
Vic, Zack and Sterling @ Spanky's Cafe (Frosty is behind the amp. Pic: Victor
L. DiCara) The resulting pool of emotional and spiritual energy, chemistry, and
artistry was amazing. Together they belted out great new songs, the first of
which was "No Spiritual Surrender" - which Vic had written the basic music and
lyrics to. Playing their first show in a Riverside restaurant called "Spanky's
Cafe" the response from the Hardcore scene was immense, and a huge wave of
excitement spread throughout the American and International Hardcore scenes.
Chris Bratton in Inside Out @ the Che Cafe in San Diego - 1989 (pic: Victor L.
DiCara) Some personal issues led Sterling to leave the band. He was replaced
with Mark Hayworth (Rob's brother, best known as a bassist for Gorilla Biscuits
and Hardstance), while some similar issues with Alex Baretto led to him being
replaced by Chris Bratton (best known as the drummer for Wool and Chain of
Strength). Though the leaving members were truly missed, these line up changes
did not slow the band down a bit, and the new chemistry of the members upped
Early in 1990, Inside Out recorded 6 songs, which were quickly picked up by
Revelation Records, which they released about a year later as the "No Spiritual
Vic getting spiritually twisted on Guitar in Inside Out @ Spanky's Cafe Having
played the west coast extensively, Inside Out now embarked on a US Tour with
Shelter and Quicksand. The shows were awesome, but something else was brewing.
Vic's interests in spirituality - rooted in the later days of Beyond, and
fueled by his ardent love for the music and messages of the Bad Brains, the
Cro-Mags, and Reggae music - though in large part a source of Inside Out's
intensity, ironically threatened to end the chemistry of Inside Out before it
could really blossom.
On the heavily Krishna saturated tour, Shelter's singer and the Hare Krishna
ambassador to Hardcore, Ray Cappo (singer of Youth of Today and Shelter),
assured Vic that he should quit Inside Out to become a full-on Hare Krishna
initiate... and join Ray's own band, Shelter.
Zack in Inside Out, 1990, on their US Tour At the end of June, 1990, Just
before their show, Ray & Vic entered a backstage room at the "Vic Theatre" in
Chicago, where Vic told Zack and Mark that he had decided he would leave the
band at the end of the tour to become a Hindu Monk (and, of course, to play
Guitar in Shelter).
Dismayed, Zack and Mark attempted to continue the band, and were able to write
a few more great songs, but the particular chemistry that was Inside Out was no
more. Zack dissolved the band around August of 1988, and took his ideas and
inspirations forward to form the band he is now best known for: Rage Against
No Spiritual Surrender
1. Burning Fight
3. By A Thread
4. No Spiritual Surrender
Rating (Stars Out Of 5):
* Hardcore Punk
* 34.6 MB
* Zack de la Rocha
* Alex Barreto
* Vic DiCara
* Alien Ant Farm
* Rage Against the Machine
* The Warriors