Chino Horde forms
Original band members: Burt Taggart, David Burns, Jason White, Steve Schmidt
Clay Simmons // The first time I saw Chino Horde was at River Fest in 1994 or something like that. I had listened to their records up to that point, but when I finally saw them, I was completely blown away. They were so damn good. It didn't feel like I was seeing a local band at all, but more like a full-blown, well-honed, national touring rock act.
Matthew Thompson // Chino Horde. The voice of the second wave of LR punk and hardcore. When these guys formed in 1991, I'd already moved to Illinois but I think it was Jason White who sent me their first demo. I used to listen to it everyday, on my commute from the suburbs into Chicago, where I worked. It made me really miss my friends in Little Rock. That town has a great pull on me, even to this day, as well as the songs Chino Horde created. Their debut 7" was compelling and left me wanting more! A couple years later, when I moved back to Little Rock, Chino Horde had built a lot of momentum and seemed to now be the catalyst of the local DIY ethic and underground music scene. They were putting out records, silk-screening shirts and record covers, playing shows and booking tours. People from all over the country know Chino Horde. When Chino Horde played, everyone showed up. Their music was powerful. I can still feel it when I listen to them. Their lyrics talked about unity, a community. It was all about "we" and "us" as a whole and they talked a lot about building something, ... (More)
Matthew Thompson // When I was in 10th grade, there was a new kid at Northeast and he was obviously "not from around here." Steve Schmidt was punk rock. He had long bangs that went over one eye and wore Vans and a leather jacket that was all stickered up. He rode his skateboard to school, if he didn't catch a ride to with "New Wave Dave." I remember the jock kids I was kind of hanging out with used to make fun of Steve, behind his back of course and I thought, "Man, these guys are lame and that guy seems pretty cool." Steve was really quiet and I didn't know anything about him, other than that he was on a skateboard/freestyle team with Scott Difee and this other skater kid named Jon Cleveland, whom I was starting to hang out and skate with. Jon and I were in a P.E. class that shared the period with another P.E. class. I can remember sitting on the benches with Jon and Steve. The first thing Steve ever said to me was, "They're building a bowl in Little Rock." Our friendship had begun. That summer, the three of us went to Dallas and stayed ... (More)
Colin Brooks // When Jason White and I were in the 8th grade Steve Schmidt was at Northeast High School across the way. We just thought he was the coolest dude, so cool that we were a bit intimidated to talk to him. He looked like someone that would have been profiled in Transworld Skateboarding magazine. Skater bangs, Misfits shirt, high ollies, etc. When we finally became friends, he turned out to be a real good guy and really into music like us, maybe more so. He had and still has more records than anyone I know.
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