Major labels, guarantees, etc. are things that have always been highly contested within the realm of hardcore. From 80s originators being courted by major labels to the legendary Sick Of It All / Born Against argument, it's a subject that will likely never go away, and it was as prevalent as ever in the 90s as well. Exposure from fests like Ozzfest had label scouts knocking on the doors of many heavier hardcore bands, but there was also a contingent that hated the likes of Victory Records and their roster of bands. The arguments usually accused them of being no different than a major label and the bands as being money hungry.
Here's a handout that printed the rider for Earth Crisis and Strife that I would place somewhere around 1995. Rife with spelling errors, it still conveyed the author's anger.
In all fairness, here's something Chad Peterson of Strife had to say in reference to tour riders of that time period -
"When we toured with Earth Crisis we had the same agent, Tim Bohr. He sent the riders out to the clubs. Ours was kinda funny because we would ask for things like chocolate milk and stupid shit but it was more in the vein of we knew we would never get it. Have you ever looked at the Smoking Gun website and seen the craziness some of these bands ask for? It was more along those lines. We were shocked if we ever rolled into a town and a promoter ever filled our rider (this happened maybe twice that I can remember) and they would always be nervous about it until we said we really don't care. Food, water, soda, cocaine were all we really cared about (minues the cocaine). If anything we didn't start "beefing" up our rider until after we toured with Sick of it All and they were putting things on theirs like fresh socks and power bars. The bottom line is none of that shit matters when you are up there playing. That is what you are there for and when you leave the venue after a show you talk with your band about the show.. not the rider. I do work for a promoter down here and this rider pales in comparrisson to what some of these touring bands that maybe just put out a record ask for."