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Heckle was a melodic hardcore/punk rock band from New Jersey, United States.

Brandishing a unique blend of West Coast melody with East Coast fury, Heckle were somewhat reminiscent of the early New York and DC hardcore bands, yet the band brought a fresh new perspective to this old school format. Formed in the summer of 1994 by guitarist Steve Cunningham, bass player Chris Whalen, guitarist Eric Arikian and vocalist Chris Baglieri, Heckle (briefly named “Lick”) found original drummer Tim Caspare to complete the group. The band then released a split single in January 1996 with their friends AFI, followed in the spring of 1996 by a full length LP on Berkeley, California’s Wingnut Records entitled We’re Not Laughing With You. After a nationwide summer tour, the band parted ways with their original drummer. The position was then filled by Todd Hennig who was the drummer for the Vermont hardcore band SevenYearsWar, which Steve had once played guitar for. After another East Coast tour, Heckle was signed by Hopeless Records and recorded their second and final full length album with Donnell Cameron at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, California The Complicated Futility of Ignorance.

Members

Original lineup:
Eric Arikian - guitar (aka Ricky Rik)
Christopher Baglieri - vocals (1994 - 1995)
Steve Cunningham - guitar, vocals
Chris Whalen - bass
Tim Caspare - drums (1994-1996)

Later members:
Todd Hennig - drums (1996 - 1997) (later of Death by Stereo)
Jim Miner - guitar (1997) (later of Death by Stereo)

Discography:
AFI/Heckle split 7” single (Wingnut Records, 1996) - with AFI
We’re Not Laughing With You CD/12” LP (Wingnut Records, 1996)
Jughead’s Revenge/Heckle split 7” single with Jughead’s Revenge (Hopeless Records, 1997)
The Complicated Futility of Ignorance CD/12” LP (Hopless Records, 1997)

Compilation Appearances:
Punk Fiction song “D-Day” CD/10” (Wedge Records, 1997)
Hopelessly Devoted to You, Too song “Joke’s on Me” (Hopless Records, 1998)
Take Action! song “Little Engine” (Sub City Records, 1999)
Hopelessly Devoted to You, Vol. 3 song “Along For The Ride” (Hopless Records, 2000)

Edited by antipunx on 15 Mar 2009, 14:07

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