I don’t remember where I got these recordings. I told Hunter I’d send them to him, but I figure this is easier and I can share it with a few more people.
I’m not going to bother with a lengthy description, if you dig Lifetime, Shook Ones, Heads Vs. Breakers etc… You will like this. Maybe I’ll post Dearest Whomever one day. I love that record! Anyways, this it an EP that was supposed be released before that band split up. Split up isn’t really the right word, maybe morphed is more accurate? They replaced one member, and wrote all new songs and changed the style of Hardcore they were playing. Little known fact: That skull logo This is Hell uses originally appeared on Backup Plan merch.
I guess it’s worth mentioning that I’ve never really cared about This is Hell, they were always “that new Backup Plan band” to me, and I guess I’ve never given them a fair shake. Maybe I should revisit. What’s a good starting point?
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Ten Yard Fight is a band I should probably hate. I mean honestly, a football themed Youth Crew band? How can that be good? I don’t know, but Ten Yard Fight pulled it off. I think part of it is that the band didn’t consist of a bunch of random clowns and that they were actually a serious band. Other than a couple goofy tracks early in their existence and a few samples, they didn’t over do the whole football thing. It was horribly misinterpreted by euros for years (I’m looking at you, Fumbles in Life). Also, Ten Yard Fight was ex-Undertow (and pre-AN/GUTG that gives them some credibility on this site right?) I still get a kick out of the ex-Undertow fact, because lot’s of very serious 90’s Hardcore dudes wouldn’t be caught dead listening to such a “dumb” band. That’s where TYF fools you though, they weren’t a dumb band. They were a Hardcore band, and one of the best of the Youth Crew Revival. I wonder what kind of legacy they would have had if they hadn’t had a poorly thought out gimmick.
The comp tracks on here actually have some of their best recordings. It has the tracks from the Rebirth of Hardcore LP, the Boston Drops the Gloves Comp, the All Systems Go comp, the Under the Influence 7”, and the It Came From Massachusetts comp. I’ve also included the recording of the last show, which is one of the best live Hardcore records I’ve found.
I guess I should preface this by saying that I’ve never cared much for Minus the Bear, and I think it’s a shame that State Route 522 (and Sharks Keep Moving for that matter) just get written off as footnotes to that band.
State Route 522 was a short lived emo band from Washington state. They released one 7” EP, a split 7” with Lying on Loot (Rocky Votolato’s first solo recordings!), four tracks on a comp CD called Forecast, and a handful of other comp tracks. Everything but the Forecast tracks were collected onto a release called Retrospective. Retrospective by itself is easy enough to find a download for, the Forecast songs are largely ignored, and pretty much impossible to find without tracking down the comp.
This band was incredible. I recently talked about how it seemed that a lot of my favorite bands that play this style were just regional bands, and I stand by that statement. I honestly believe that bands like State Route 522, Kill Creek, and Inside were better than bands like Christie Front Drive/Boys Life/Cap’n Jazz/Jimmy Eat Word/Mineral or other bands of that style who had a larger following and still get name dropped (if not listened too…). For the record, I own stuff by most of those bands, and I do enjoy them. I just dont’ feel they were the pinnacle of the genre.
I will suggest that if you download this, you should start with Retrospective. The comp tracks from the beginning are just incredible IV, 1910 and Avenue of Giants are some of the best songs of this style.
This post has just ended up as me nerding out over this band. And seriously, if you can find a download of those Forecast tracks elsewhere, I’d be impressed. I couldn’t find them anywhere! I ended up getting the CD on Amazon.
Where to even start with this band? One of the best Hardcore bands ever, one of the punk bands I’ve been listening to for the longest, and a band that anyone with an interest in any form of punk should dig. Total unity band.
I’m not going to write much more, since this post is for the folks who already know. This is basically all the comp/Split tracks that didn’t end up on Something Started Here. It’s 12 tracks, I’ll be surprised if anyone has all of them.
1. Salmon Swim Upstream (alternate version) - From bonus CD that came with mail order versions of Something Started here
2. The Edge (Token Entry) - From Adult Crash comp 7”
3. Friends Like You (Sick of it All) - From Our Impact Will be Felt comp
4. All Those Wasted Calling Cards - From Anger Management comp 7”
5. Shortest Dream I Ever Had (S/T version) Rerecorded version from S/T collection
6. Work Together (Oppressed) From Worldwide Tribute to Real Oi
7. Banned from the Pubs (Peter and the Test Tube Babies) From Worldwide Tribute to Real Oi
8. XClaim (SSD) From Under Your Influence comp 7”
9. Back With a Vengeance (Trip 6) From S/T collection
10. Fur is for Fucks (Live on WLUW) From split with MLIW
11. Dread Taken (Live on WLUW) From split with MLIW
12. Goodbye My Love, Hello My Friend (Live on WLUW) From split with MLIW