Nardcore is a hardcore punk movement that began in Southern California in the early 1980s, originating in Silver Strand Beach and Port Hueneme. Early bands in the nardcore scene included Agression, Dr. Know, False Confession, Ill Repute, Habeas Corpus, RKL and Scared Straight. The first venues to regularly host punk shows in the Oxnard area were Casa Tropical (a Quonset hut at the Oxnard Airport), Town and Country (Port Hueneme), Skate Palace (Port Hueneme), and Casa de la Raza (Santa Barbara).
Much of the early promotion of nardcore came from Mystic Records, in Hollywood, California, and its founder Doug Moody, and promotion director, Mark Wilkins. Mystic not only launched many bands onto vinyl, but also promoted the nardcore scene as a whole. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nardcore
John Crerar: I’m happy that there was someone to document all the rad stuff that was going on in Oxnard during the early ‘80s. If it wasn’t for Mystic, most people outside of Oxnard would never have heard these bands or care about them 20 years later.
Eddy Burgos: I love the fact that if not for Mystic, my band Habeas Corpus, for better or for worse, would never have seen vinyl. I love the fact that Mystic embraced the region and spread Nardcore love internationally.
Ismael Hernandez: I’m cool with Mystic Records. Nobody else wanted to put us out at the time, and Philco was a cool guy to deal with and hang out with.
®Mystic Records founder Doug Moody is the mind behind the Imaginatory Lands of NARDCORE "Oxnard" and SLIMEY VALLEY "Simi Valley" Bull Shit Bay "San Diego" & Marineland "Oceanside" All Art work is Original ®Mystic Records Art Work.
Mystic is credited with developing several innovations in the independent record scene of the 1980s including the introduction of Super Sevens (vinyl discs the size of a 45 but which played at the same speed as an LP and have seven songs), releasing records in limited edition on colored vinyl, and issuing records in series. Mystic series include "The Sound of Hollywood," "We Got Power" (40+ bands on one LP), "Copulation" (songs about the police), and "Mystic Sampler" (cuts from various records released in that year). Mystic also released many records launching or reinvigorating the punk scene in many parts of the United States. Mystic was instrumental in having created the "scenes" in Simi Valley and Oxnard California (which they dubbed "Slimy Valley" and "Nardcore" respectively).
Mystic was founded by Doug Moody who had a storied career in music and is considered an Independent Rock and Roll Pioneer. He produced over 60 gold and platinum records. He promoted or produced hit records with music luminaries such as The Five Satins, The Silhouettes, Lightning Hopkins, The Champs, Dave Baby Cortez, The Four Seasons, The Trogs, The Lovin' Spoonful and Led Zeppelin He also founded Clock Records with his father Walter Moody. He envisioned Mystic as a platform for America's youth to voice their opinions musically. The label attracted hardcore punk, crossover thrash and speed metal. In its heyday (between 1982 and 1990), Mystic released over 200 different records with several hundred artists. Moody was assisted in his efforts by Phillip (Philco) Raves (who assisted in producing, recording, and conceptualizing compilation projects), Bill Karras (who managed sales and distribution), and Mark Wilkins, aka Mystic Mark (who oversaw record and tour promotion). Phillip (Philco) Raves is still producing indy and punk records in his downtown Los Angeles recording studio "Downtown Sound."Currently Doug Moody is still distributing all things Mystic, including test pressings, super sevens and Compact disks