I’m not gonna write about this much, because it’s pretty much just for Chad and James.
The Weight is currently a NYC based Alt-Country band, but they were initially based in Athens, Georgia and and had a completely different line up beyond their singer. Love God Murder was The Weight’s initial Athens line up prior to their name change. I’m pretty sure none of these songs became Weight songs but most of the members in this recording also played on the first Weight LP, but they’re all in the same vein. The sound quality isn’t great, but it’s still cool that the recording exists.
Regardless, if you dig Alt Country, download this. If you don’t, then don’t bother.
I don’t think Propagandhi will ever cease to blow my mind. Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes came out when I was in high school, and I truly did not comprehend a single thing that was going on the first time I heard it. I didn’t understand what they were going for musically, I didn’t understand what was going on lyrically, all I knew was that it was pissed off and awesome. Adding to the confusion, was that I immediately went out and got Less Talk, More Rock, and had even less of an idea of what was going on. I didn’t understand why some pop Punk band was telling me to stop consuming animals. It was my understanding at the time, that Punk rock was supposed to be political, and pop punk was supposed to be about girls. So, I had these two albums by the same band, that sounded totally different, but were both challenging me. In retrospect, I think part of what really confused me at the time is that a lot of Propagandhi’s politics, especially on Today’s Empries, were very personal. At the time, most of the politics I’d been exposed to were more along the lines of “The government is eeeevil maaaaan…” or were Bad Religion songs. Then suddenly, this band was telling me that “Meat is still murder, Dairy is still rape”, and telling me about the horrific story of a woman leaving East Timor. I really think that hearing those records laid the groundwork for me going Vegetarian and eventually Vegan. They were also my first exposure to femenism in a non-demeaning light, as well as my first exposure to politics as something that had a very real effect on people.
As an aside, I’m completely baffled by the turds who like this band. Among the worst fans ever. No respect. Why do all these randoms who call things ‘gay’ own albums that spell women with a ‘y’? I don’t get it. I guess they’re there for the ‘rock’.
Anyways, this band still rules, and is still relevant. Their last three LP are three of the greatest punk records ever. That said, most of this material is from the 90’s, which is not as good as their last 10-12 years of output. Regardless, it’s still great. There is an early version of a Weakerthans song, a Cro-Mags cover, a bunch of demos and comp tracks and one completle unreleased track.
1-4 Taken from Self released Demo, track three was also on the ‘How to Clean a Couple o’ things’ 7”
Track 5 Unreleased
Tracks 6-10, Taken from the Reclaim the Streets Demo, later released as a bootleg 7”
Track 11 - Pre How to Clean Everything Demo, released on the Fat Wrecktrospective compe
Track 12 Taken from the ‘Play at Your Own Risk Vol. 2’ 2x7” + 5”. This may be the worst song I own a hard copy of.
Track 13 - Taken from split 7” with FYP, This later became a Weakerthans track, I prefer this version though
Track 14 - Taken From Fat Music 5: Live Fat Die Young
Track 15 - Taken from Return of the Read Menace, it’s a goddamed Cro-Mags cover!!!!!
Tracks 16-20 Taken from Live split with Cria Cuervos
Track 21 - Taken from the Harvest of Hope Comp
Track 22 - Taken from the split 7” With Sacrifice
I’ve thrown in a couple live sets as well, one from Melbourne in 2009, and one from a Rock for Choice fest in the early 2000’s
Alright, before you lose your mind based on the title, this is only two songs, and they aren’t Jawbreaker or Jets to Brazil songs. They’re both Thorns of Life songs, and these two songs are actually two of my favorite Schwarzenbach affiliated recordings. I might put a full Thorns of Life set up at some point… we’ll see.
Why are there are only two songs? Well, apparently Blake was planning to just do a short reading, but at the last minutes decided to sing the two songs he was going to read. There may actually be more recordings from this show, but these are the only ones I’ve heard.
I Love these tracks, and I’m sure you will as well.
I’m having a tough time figuring out what to write for this one. Out of Sight are my friends, and it’s always hard to write a description of a recording, when you know the people responsible are going to read it. Basically, anything I write is gonna feel like shameless nepotism. I guess that’s still better than 90% of the internet.
This set is from the final Promises show at the Legendary Castle on Vancouver Island. For those of you not from the area, it is, as the name would indicate, a castle. Tongue Tied also played, and I will put their set up in the next couple days.
I’m working on the assumption, that anyone interested in downloading this already has their demo on their computer or in their possession. If you don’t, download it here: http://outofsightxvancouver.blogspot.com/
Lastly, if you want another sneak peak at new Out of Sight material there is a couple songs from the forthcoming 7”, as well as a JUDGE cover. If you missed them at React! Showcase, jam these live songs and mosh in your living room.
Quicksand was a really interesting band. They were an ‘Alt Rock’ band, for lack of a better term, that had members of Burn, Beyond, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Bold, Shelter and more. They released their first Ep on Revelation Records before being snatched up by a major label in the Post-Nevermind sign as many ‘Credible’ artists as humanly possible panic of the early and mid 90’s. Quicksand was heavy, but not in a chugging, moshy kind of way. They were heavy in a groovy, riff-laden kind of way. They definitely aren’t every one’s cup of tea though, and you haven’t heard them this post isn’t really the place to start. I would recommend the S/T Ep and the Slip LP first. Like most formerly independent artists that got signed to majors in this era, the only people who care about them now are the scenes that cared about them in the first place. You’re not gonna go up to some random rock dude and be able to engage them in a conversation about Quicksand, even though they sold a lot of records not that long ago. If you bring them up at a Hardcore show, at least one dude or lady will lose their mind talking about how great they were. What does this mean? The people who care about music, will keep caring about music whether there is big money behind it or not. Sorry for that tangent…
As for the actual content of this collection, I’ve pieced together multiple other Quicksand collections online to form this monstrosity. Thirty three non album tracks, the majority of them with no commercial release. Where did these songs come from? Well, most of the B-sides recieved multiple releases as B-sides to sings, as well as various compilations. Almost everything else is unreleased. What’s interesting about much of the unreleased studio recordings here, is that many of these tracks ended up being Rival Schools songs. There is a also a silly amount of demo tracks included here. Some of them are pretty cool versions of LP tracks, some are of B-sides, and some completely unique.
So many of these tracks have multiple releases, or are just plain unreleased, so a track breakdown isn’t very useful.
I’m going with an easy one today. This a live radio set by Rites of Spring recorded in 1985. The sound quality is great, and if you appreciate music you’ve probably jammed the studio versions of these tracks about a hundred times, so why not change it up?
It’s actually pretty crazy to think about how different Punk and Hardcore would have ended up sounding without all the Revolution Summer bands. Actually, it’s pretty crazy how different punk would have been culturally without the people and bands who were involved in the Revolution Summer. The story of how the term ‘Revolution Summer’ came about doesn’t really seem to be common knowledge, even (most) of the bands that came from that era/scene are still popular to some extent. The term was initially used as joke referring to a fictional uprising against a supervisor at the Neighborhood Planning Council where DC Scenester Amy Pickering worked. The term stuck with Amy, and using supplies from the NPC send anonymous notes to many of the DC punks that read variations of “Be on your toes… This is Revolution Summer”. She was later described as ‘The Mother of the Revolution’. If you ever question the importance of women in Punk and Hardcore, give that story some thought.
Also: Read ‘Dance of Days’ by Mark Anderson and Mark Jenkins
Buried Alive was a very heavy Hardcore band from Buffalo, New York. They were third band that Scott Vogel of Terror sang for, the others being Slugfest and Despair. He also drummed for Fadeaway. Anyways, they released an LP on Victory called The Death of Your Perfect World, and a posthumous collection of unreleased/live material called Last Rites. Last Rites was some classic Victory Records bullshit, as the band was breaking up and requested that the material not be released. Victory ignored the band’s wishes and released the record anyways.
Anyways, the band had a decent amount of material beyond Death of Your Perfect World and Last Rites, and that is what I’ve collected here. This band is very heavy, and has a more metallic edge than Vogels other bands. I really can’t recommend this band enough, this collection functions as a great companion to their classic LP, which I really urge you to track down.
Also of note, Buried Alive had members that aren’t household names in Hardcore, and some of them have done great bands as well. Matt Roberts and Joe Orlando were in Hourglass, who are tragically forgotten (I should upload their stuff sometime). Orlando was also in Solea with Sergie from Samiam. Scott Sprigg was in the post Ten Yard Fight band, Stand and Fight. I suggest looking into these other bands, even though they don’t sound like Buried Alive.
Tracks 1-2 Taken from Two Song Demo
Tracks 3-5 Taken from Six Month Face EP on Victory Records
Track 6 Taken from Only The Strong MCMXCIX comp LP on Victory Records
Tracks 7-8 Taken from the Split 7” with Reach the Sky on Indecision Records
Tracks 9-12 Taken from NYC Takeover V2 on Victory Records
Track 13 - Full Live Set from Hellfest 2000, Unreleased
I’m not gonna give much of a description here, I’ve got my doubts that anyone reads this stuff anyways. Paint it Black is one of the best Hardcore bands of the last decade, and probably the second best Dan Yemin band (behind Jade Tree era Lifetime).
Some of these songs (well, mostly just one of them) are actually really hard to track down, and I really doubt anyone following me will have all of them. If you do have all of them and I’ve wasted your time, I apologize.
Anyways, on to the good stuff:
Tracks 1-5 Taken from Demo 2002
Tracks 6-7 Taken from the Philadelphia Sound compilation 10” on Chunksaah Records (It’s in print, buy it of forever pose),
Track 8 Taken from Location is Everything Vol. 2 on Jade Tree Records
Track 9 Taken from In Honor: a Compilation to Beat Cancer on Vagrant Records
Track 10 Taken from the Japanese version of Paradise on Jade Tree Records
Track 11 Taken from the Goliath 7”
Track 12 Interview + Live at the Middle East, unreleased
John at Headfirst Records was kind enough to throw a link to my blog on their page. I strongly recommend that you check out some of the stuff on the label, they’ve got free downloads for all their releases! I’ve got some Band of Mercy stuff on the way, and I plan on ordering that Bullshit Tradition tape and probably a couple other things in the next week or so. Get stoked!
The Answer was a criminally underrated Straight Edge Hardcore band from Seattle Washington who existed in the early to mid 2000s. In case you were unsure of whether or not they were Straight Edge, the second EP have “The Answer is a fucking Straight Edge band” printed in the sleeve in big letters. They released three EPs and a couple of compilation tracks. I’ve never quite understood why they were forgotten so quickly. They never really seemed to get the same hype as other bands that they played in or toured with, and after they broke up, I haven’t heard anyone (except Hunter) really talk about them. The Getting Even 7” is especially good, and was unfortunately the last thing they ever released.
The Answer was the second Straight Edge band I ever saw. They were touring with Champion, and I had no clue who they were. Despite having driven a good 13 hours to get out to the prairies their set was no more than 10 minutes. When I went to buy their 7”, I asked their signer why their set was so short, he said “we just want to see Champion… and we all have ADD.” I remember thinking it was kind of crazy that a band played a short set so far from home just because they wanted to see the band they were touring with, especially since they were from the same city. In retrospect, I’m pretty sure he was joking, and just recognized that with very few exceptions Punk bands shouldn’t play for more than 10-20 minutes.
Members of The Answer played, or are currently playing in: Gone But Not Forgotten, Vanguard, Keep it Clear, In Stride, Narrow View, Stop at Nothing, Ill Intent, and probably a half dozen others that I’m forgetting.
Tracks 1-7 Taken form the Self Titled 7” on Excursion Records
Track 8 Taken from the Look Out Below comp 7” on Perfect Victim Records
Track 9 Taken from the Power of Ten Volume 2 comp 7” on Excursion Records
Tracks 10-16 - Taken from You Had Your Chance 7” on Anchor Records
Tracks 17-20 - Taken from the Getting Even 7” on Endwell Records
NOTE: You Had Your Chance is still in Print on CD, and the Power of Ten V2 are still in print and available from Excursion records: http://www.excursionrecords.com/
I’ve posted almost exclusively Hardcore on this blog, and that will stay my focus, however, I’m gonna mix it up every once in a while.
Hills Have Eyes were a punk band from my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They play a style of music similar to Small Brown Bike, Hot Water Music, or North Lincoln. They had a huge impact on the way that I view music even though I only saw them twice. Until I saw Hills Have Eyes, I hadn’t seen a local band that had really blown be a away. In fact, I had come to the conclusion that there was no such thing as a good local band, I was in high school, and was in fact, an idiot(on a side note, I though The Johnsons were cool, but didn’t realize they were local for some reason, like I said, I was an idiot). I had been to plenty of bigger punk shows, and felt like I knew my shit. Anyways, I went to see Moneen (Who I’d seen play with Guttermouth/1208/Authority Zero the year before), Counterfit (Ex-Sum of All Fears), Selfmademan (great Quebec band!), and “Some shitty local band”. That “Shitty local band” was Hills Have Eyes. They started playing, and I had no clue what was going on. They absolutely killed it, so intense, so tight, and amazing songs! I had this sudden realization that I may have been ignoring some really incredible bands that existed right under my nose. I didn’t have money to buy their CD, and didn’t actually end up getting it for probably a year or two after this show. They broke up shortly after this show, so I didn’t see them again until they played a reunion show. The reunion kind of sucked.
I feel like without seeing Hills Have Eyes, I might not have started trying to find out about local shows beyond the bigger punk shows. I might never have gotten involved in Punk and Hardcore to the level I have, and I might have even ended up being a kind of normal guy. I came this realization recently, that Hills Have Eyes is up there near Bad Religion for bands that ruined my life/gave me a life worth living.
All that said, I don’t know what other bands these guys did. I don’t even remember what they look like. I have no clue if they recorded anything beyond the nine songs I’ve put up for download. If there are any E-Town dudes/ladies out there who have other stuff by them, please let me know.
Lastly, I’d like to say that I really feel like if this band had been from Florida or NYC and formed 5 years later, they would have blown up. I honestly believe that they were that good. oh, and there is an Office Space sample, but it’s not funny at all, it’s just a bummer.
Hills Have Eyes - Open City EP Method Records (6 Tracks)
Various Artists - Method Records CD/DVD (3 Tracks)
Satisfaction is the Death of Desire is a great record. It really is. But I can’t think of many other LPs that have overshadowed the rest of a bands discography as much as Satisfaction… has with Hatebreed. I feel like a lot of Hardcore kids who jock it haven’t heard anything after it (that stuff isn’t great, but that’s not the point), and are unaware of anything prior to it. In the interest of full disclosure, I came across some stuff I was unaware of while putting this together. Totally poser exposed myself!
This collection has everything recorded prior to Satisfaction is the Death of Desire. A lot of it is different recordings of stuff that ended up on Satisfaction…, but not all of it. All of the versions are different enough that they really do merit a listen. Some of them are even heavier then their LP companions, which is kind of a crazy statement, but I stand by it.
Track 1 - Taken from the “Stones to Mark a Fire” Compilation on Militant Records
Tracks 2-4 Taken from the 1995 Hate Stricken Creation demo tape. The versions included here are remastered, and as a result actually sound better then a lot fo the other recordings here despite being demos. Tracks 2 and 3 also appeared on a split 7” w/ Neglect on Stillborn Records. All three tracks are also included on CD versions of Under the Knife on Smorgasbord Records.
Track 5 - Taken from the Together as One… Compilation 7” on Pin Drop Records
Track 6 - Taken from split 7” with Integrity on Stillborn Records
Tracks 7-10 Taken from the Under the Knife 7” on Smorgasbord Records
Tracks 11-12 Taken from East Coast Assault Volume 2 Compilation on Too Damn Hype records
I’m going with another better known band today, but despite being a huge band in the hardcore scene, they still have a fair amount of material that isn’t exactly common. Cole’s notes version of an intro to Go It Alone: They hailed from Vancouver Canada, a suburb of New Westminster (not a typo), and are one of the biggest Canadian hardcore bands of the last decade. They were in the right place at the right time, the Pacific Northwest in the early 2000’s. There was a huge explosion of modern Hardcore in the area that got worldwide acclaim and attention with bands like Champion, Sinking Ships, Blue Monday, Shook Ones etc… Also, releasing their first LP on Rival(ry) Records right at the height of that labels hype helped a lot too. All that said, being in the right place at the right time only really worked because the band was great. Mark Palm wrote phenomenal lyrics, and the band was melodic without ever sounding cheesy, and heavy (especially the later stuff), without ever sounding forced or silly.
The material here spans their existence, from their demo to the B-sides from their second and final LP.
Tracks 1-6 Taken from the self released Hollywood North Demo
Tracks 7-8 Taken from the Look Out Below compilation 7” on Perfect Victim Records, the song 10 Percent later appeared as a B-Side to the untitled 7” Single on Rivalry released prior to the Only Blood Between Us LP.
Track 9 - Taken from the Generations compilation LP on Revelation Records
Tracks 10-12 Taken from the split 7” with Blue Monday on Rivalry Records
Tracks 13-14 Taken from the Histories 7” on Rivalry Records
I don’t feel like MLIW needs an introduction. Instead, I’d like to point out one thing that I feel made this band special. They are a Hardcore band that became big in the 2000’s without using the normal means. They didn’t have a myspace page or any other band controlled online presence, they didn’t have any ‘Ex-Members’ hype, they were from the middle of nowhere. They booked their first tour my mailing copies of their 7” to promoters in the cities they wanted to play, and by mostly dumb luck (and the fact that that 7” is a ripper), they ended up getting put on some big shows on the east coast (I have an interview where they talk about this, I’ll try and find it and scan it/upload it). From there, the hype machine started rolling, they moved over 1000 copies of the self released version of that EP before Lifeline Records took over production. They proceeded to release three of the best Hardcore LPs of the decade, before breaking up. I feel like part of what made this band special is the fact that they let their music speak for itself, and didn’t rely on any of the normal promotional devices of other bands of that era.
The tracks here are from two releases that don’t get talked about much, but the recordings are great.
First is their three tracks from the Live at Reflections Fest comp LP on Reflections Records.
1. The Outsiders AKA Hell is For Heroes Part One
2. John and Jimmy
3. First and Ellen
The second release is a live split 7” With Kill Your Idols on Lifeline Records. These tracks were recorded live at WLUW Radio in Chicago. I love that even though it’s a radio set, you can still hear Jeff Eaton say “Move it, suckers!” at the start of the Black Flag cover. Great stuff!
I’ve put together a collection of all EPs, splits, compilation and bonus material, by one of the best metallic Hardcore bands of all time. Hailing from Kansas City, this band has one of the angriest, heaviest, most unique bands ever. Despite this, most other bands their members did during or after their time in Coalesce were Indie or Emo bands (Casket Lottery, The Get Up Kids, Appleseed Cast, etc…) and not Hardcore or Metal. Also of note, despite being very much a Hardcore band, very little of their material was released on Hardcore labels. They released music on Metal labels such as Earache and Relapse, Indie labels like Second Nature, and Punk Labels like No Idea. This collection compiles all of their Non LP material, and contains contains some of their best recording outside of the Give Them Rope LP, the 002 and Safe Place EPs, and the Undertow cover are probably my favorites included. It should also be noted, that when singer Sean Ingram isn’t sounding like a man possessed, he actually has a great singing voice and a few of the tracks here showcase that well. However, Coalesce’s strength lies in their ability to play insanely heavy and creative music, with one of the most intense sounding vocalists I’ve ever heard. I’ve never heard a band quite like them.
Also, if covers are your thing, this collection has covers of songs by Undertow, Black Flag, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Jesus Lizard, and Boysetsfire. Get stoked!
AND they did a split with NAPALM DEATH!
NOTE: There is a typo in the album name of the upload, it should read 1994, not 1995. Sorry, I can’t type. Please edit accordingly.
Tracks 1-2 Taken from their Self Titled 7” on Chapter Records
Tracks 3-5 Taken from the Self Titled CD on Second Nature
Tracks 6-8 From 002 7” EP on Earache Records
Tracks 9-10 Taken from In Tongues We Speak, split 7” w/ Napalm Death on Earache Records
Track 11 Taken from split 7” w/ The Get Up Kids on Second Nature records
Track 12 This track was meant for the split w/ Today is the Day however this version of the song was abandoned, and eventually released as a bonus track on the reissue of Nothing New Under the Sun on Hydrahead records.
Track 13 Taken from It’s All About Friends comp. This track is an UNDERTOW cover, and one of the heaviest recordings of all time.
Track 14 Taken from the split 7” with Today is the Day on Hyrdahead records
Tracks 15-16 Taken from the A Safe Place 7” EP on Edison Records and Second Nature Records
Tracks 17-18 Taken from the split 7” w/ Boysetsfire on Hydrahead Records
Track 19 Taken from the CD version of the split w/Boysetsfire on Hydrahead Records
Track 20 Taken from Black on Black A Tribute to Black Flag on Initial Records
Track 21 Taken from Protect - A Benefit for the NAPC Comp on Fat Wreck Chords
Track 22 Taken from Punk Goes Acoustic on Fearless Records
Tracks 23-24 Taken from the Reissue of Nothing New Under the Sun
Tracks 25-26 Taken from the Salt and Passage 7” on Second Nature
Kill Your Idols is one of my favorite NYHC bands of all time, and this live radio set is actually my favorite recording by them. Great song selection, great banter, and the sound quality is awesome. It was given away as a bonus to people who preordered the ‘Something Started Here’ collection. The version they gave away also included an alternate take of Salmon Swim Upstream, which I’ve chosen not to include because I feel like one random studio track, followed by a live radio set doesn’t flow well. Regardless of what kind of Hardcore or Punk you prefer, I feel like Kill Your Idols is something everyone can agree on and if you’ve never heard them, this is a great starting point. Total unity band.
Oh, and there is a phenomenal animal rights jam, and a Breakdown cover. What more could you want?
Inside Out need no introduction, but in case you don’t know they were a short lived hardcore band from California that when formed, featured members of Chain of Strength, Hard Stance, No For an Answer, and Beyond. They released one EP (four songs on 7”, six songs on tape and CD), and existed for about 3 years from 88-91. They had written an LP that was to be called Rage Against the Machine (The name was lifted from and article by Ebullition Records/Heartattack Zine founder Kent McLard), when Vic Dicara quit the band to become a Krishna monk. He eventually joined Shelter, and later formed 108. With the sudden demise of the band, the LP was never recorded, and the members went on to other musical projects. Most notable was singer Zach De La Rocha who liked the name Rage Against the Machine enough to use it for his next band, and sold millions of records fronting them. He was also briefly in Farside, who were great! Othe members went on the play in Statue and Burn.
This download contains the bands three song demo, a live radio set, a live set recorded at the legendary Anthrax club in Connecticut, and some live tracks of unknown origin.There are 14 songs included here that do not appear on the legendary No Spiritual Surrender EP on Revelation Records. One can only assume that these songs would have made up the Rage Against the Machine LP… Especially the song Rage Against the Machine.
Texas is the Reason was a NY based Indie/Emo band with very strong ties to Hardcore. Prior to forming Texas is the Reason, Members played in Shelter, Fountainhead, Ressurection, 108 and Copper. After splitting up, members played in Jets to Brazil, New End Original, Project Kate, Solea and a couple other bands I’m not familiar with. Everybody knows the Do You Know Who You Are? LP, it’s one of the best mid/late 90’s Emo records, and exemplifies that era of the style perfectly. It’s beyond catchy, and seems to be a favorite among people who normally don’t listen to this style of music. For me, part of what makes this band stand out from their peers, is that they’re only goal seems to be to write killer songs. There really isn’t any sense of pretension or needless attempts at being “artsy”. It’s also further proof that Hardcore roots=better band, regardless of the style you’re playing.
The LP, as well as the S/T EP (which I’ve included here) are still in print, and available from revhq.com.
Reach the Sky was a Hardcore band from Boston who existed from around 1997-2003. This collection of tracks spans their entire existence, from their demo up to their last Ep. The later stuff gets pretty poppy, one of the tracks from their final Ep even has some piano on it. That said, it never sounds gimmicky or forced, their change in sound was logical and organic. They released a good chunk of their material on Victory (including their two LPs, which are not included here), and broke up right when Victory started really raking in the cash. I feel like if they’d stayed a band they could have blown up, especially with the more polished sound of the later material. Despite being on the poppier side, Reach the Sky should never be mistaken for a band trying to cash in on Hardcore, they toured with Hardcore bands, did splits with Hardcore bands, and released nearly all of their material on Hardcore labels (the only exception being a comp track). This collection includes 100% of their non-LP material, as well as a full live set from Burning Fight in Chicago. Members went on to play in Bane and Rise Against.
Tracks 1-4 from self released Demo
Track 5 recorded in ‘97, remained unreleased until the Deathwish reissue of Open Roads and Broken Dreams
Tracks 6-7 Taken from the Split 7” with with With One Intent on Back ta Basics Records
Tracks 8-11 from Open Roads and Broken Dreams 7” on East Coast Empire Records
Tracks 12-13 extra tracks from from the CD version of Open Roads and Broken Dreams on East Coast Empire Records
Track 14 from All Systems Go! compilation on Underestimated Records and Open Handed Records
Tracks 15-18 From Everybody’s Hero EP on Victory Records
Tracks 19-22 From NYC Takeover Vol. 1 on Victory Records
Tracks 23-24 From the split 7” with Buried Alive on Indecision Records
Track 25-28 From the Transient Hearts EP on Victory Records
Track 29 From the Punk Goes Pop Compilation on Fearless Records
There is a seperate folder containing their complete set from Burning Fight Fest in Chicago.
In 2002, the Promise released one of the best Straight Edge Hardcore LPs ever. That LP is easy to download (or buy it from Indecision Records, they still have the CD!). If you aren’t familiar with The Promise, they were a heavy Hardcore band from Syracuse NY, that contained members of Another Victim, One Kind Down, and Santa Sangre, and after breaking up members ended up in Terror, Unholy and When Tigers Fight. This post is for the (Mostly) tougher stuff to find. Some of it is easy enough to get, some of it will probably be new to you. Either way, download and enjoy one of the best Hardcore bands of the 2000s.
Tracks 1 and 2 - From the My True Love 7”, These are the most common Non-LP tracks, as they were released on Deathwish (Side note, I’m pretty sure this is the first 7” I ever got via mail order, I still wear the Converge hoodie I got in that package)
Track 3 - Taken from the For You: In Memory of Jordan Wodehouse and Daniel Langlois comp on United Edge Records. PS: Don’t Drink and Drive.
Tracks 4 and 5 - Unreleased, unofficially called ‘Down and Out EP’
Tracks 6 and 7 - Taken from Live three way split with Terror and Plan of Attack on Organized Crime Records.
The curse was a short lived Hardcore band from Philadelphia, who featured members of bands you like, possibly even bands you jock hard. So why don’t you listen to them? I dunno, you tell me.
They play fast, catchy, somewhat melodic hardcore. The obvious comparison is Kid Dynamite (but they’re better than that) or Lifetime (but they’re aren’t quite that good). But for a Dan Yemin-less comparison, they wouldn’t be out of place with early 2000’s LIHC stuff like The Backup Plan or Heads Vs. Breakers.
Members of this band have played, or are currently playing in: R.A.M.B.O., Kill the Man Who Questions, Paint it Black, and the Loved Ones.
I’ve divided the Discography into 2 “releases”, their EP is the first one, their four comp tracks are the other.
1 - Tracks 1-6 Taken from the Self Titled EP on Hellbent Records
2 - Comp Tracks:
Track 1 - Taken from my favorite compilation of all time, the Your Scene Sucks comp on Go Kart Records
So, I put together this Converge collection last night. It is tracks from splits and comps that have never appeared on other collections. It also has bonus tracks from reissues and imports, as well a full live set from Burning Fight Fest in Chicago. Consider it an unofficial companion to Caring and Killing, and Unloved and Weeded Out. Some of these tracks are OOP, some are not. Support hardcore, buy records. Here is a track breakdown:
Tracks 1-4 From Petitioning the Empty Sky reissue
Track 5 - From Downpour 5”
Track 6 - From Split 7” With Brutal Truth
Track 7 - From When Forever Comes Crashing Reissue
Tracks 8-13 From The Poacher Diaries, split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Track 14 - From Disintigrated, A Tribute to the Cure
Track 15-19 From Deeper the Wound, Split with Hellchild
Track 20 - From Tomorrow Seems So Hopeless, A Tribute to Negative Approach
Track 21 - From Black on Black, A Tribute to Black Flag
Track 22 - From Vinyl and Japanese versions of You Fail Me