Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Make Emo Great Again": Your unofficial guide to 80s and 90s american emocore. Part 2: Straight Emo, subpart A.

Note: "If life is so fair, why do roses have thorns?" Tickle Me Emo, 2006. Deepest sentence ever. EVER.

Coucou, les! We're back with the second part of our 80s and 90s american emo special post. This entry about "straight emo" subset will be divided in two parts. Also, I'll try to finish for good this special post before October ends because I'll start with another one about 80s swedish hardcore punk compilations, which will also be the last special post of the year. Lastly, I don't have much time recently since "real world affaires" are consuming me and that's why I'll try to be brief as possible. With all that said, let's begin.

Native Nod - Today Puberty, Tomorrow The World discography CD!P1wQBSrA!ctsh-GUsHGope8_XBKLTyL9tnwcyv4fa2x6XJisrDBQ

Gern Blandsten Records (a record label owned by Rorschach's singer, Charles Maggio) released Native Nod's complete discography CD in 1995. This short-lived yet highly influential emo outfit from New Jersey state released three 7"s self-titled, Bread, and New Compositions And Arrangements For The Zither and contributed some tracks to different compilations such as Fear Of Smell and God's Chosen People. Regarding the sound, just like their emo counterparts, Native Nod played fast-paced music with slow and introspective interludes, adding the trademark "emo octave" sound as well as some complex and elaborated distortion to their repertory. We could say that their first two 7" records are not only their best works ever released but also two solid foundations for the whole emo subgenre. On the other hand, in this compilation you'll also find different emo jewels such as Tangled and Bread tracks that simply touch the hidden fibers of your heart with their unmatched deep and intense lyrics. Lastly, this CD also features some later recordings that are not as good as their early material though. And, as a curious fact, the front cover of this discography features Nuestra Señora de Colombia painting (Botero Paintings, 1994) made by colombian artist Fernando Botero. Interesting yet rare choice for an american hardcore punk record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Hoover - Lurid Traversal Of Route 7 LP and self-titled 12"!TgATXQRB!IUPI1BLRBPDRgReEj4VKte8MuPC05vOsd1KTjq-hmuM

Hoover was another short-lived yet influential D.C. hardcore outfit that existed between 1992 and 1994. The name comes from the famous US manufacturer of appliances, especially vacuum cleaners. Along with their split with Lincoln, this LP (Dischord Records, 1994) marks the beginning of the emo subgenre as such. Indeed, you'll find here the perfect blend of both Fugazi and Moss Icon's school with deep, abstract and emotionally-charged music. Thus, the musical instrumentation and execution is simply fantastic i.e. Cut Like Drugs track is by far one of the best emo songs ever written with its iconic and mesmerizing tuning. I dare to say that not even the brief emo revival movement in the 00s could ever surpass Hoover's magic. On the other hand, this LP contains their entire discography until 1994. Lastly, Hoover briefly reunited in 1998 and released through Slowdime Records a self-titled 12", which is pretty good too. And, for celebrating the tenth anniversary of their last reunion, the band made their final reunion ever in 2008 with some live performances in North America and Europe. The file contains both records. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Lincoln - Union, Sugarloaf/Waterboy and split with Hoover!3wpBGayJ!6twamvxtyI5T8-t9CE2PZIGfLjeo3kfJZIIOzXqd9Yo

Lincoln was a short-lived hardcore punk outfit that only released two 7"s: Union (Watermark Records, 1993) and Sugarloaf/Waterboy (Art Monk Construction, 1993) as well as one split with Hoover (Art Monk Construction, 1994). Despite their not so prolific musical career, Lincoln is by far one of the most influential hardcore punk bands within the evolution of emo subgenre. I highly remark their first 7" because it has some elements of other "tough guy" hardcore bands of the era, i.e. "moshable" breakdowns, mixed with emo sensibilities. Thus, you can imagine something like Worlds Collide meets Rites of Spring. The second record, however, it's much slower featuring the infamous "emo octave" but still retaining their weird yet satisfying "chuggy emo" trademark sound. Did you think emo was for lightweights? Lincoln will make you change your opinion. The file contains everything that this amazing band ever recorded, including their split with Hoover. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Oversight - After This Day... EP!Os5mhQrT!dJFxDGcF79Grx62-GNYnCQy1fbZ9QBXuiBoBT7UHxNg

Speaking of "chuggy emo", this band could be the first one in their type. This Syracuse-based outfit only released this amazing yet underrated EP through Conquer The World Records in 1992. Regarding the sound, this band mixed perfectly the emerging metallic hardcore of the time with emo sensibilities (moshy parts and stuff included). After the release of this EP, the band formed Framework, following the same musical path (well, kind of). Lastly, give it a try. It's probably passed inaperçu but it is such a great record. And the lyrics are pretty well-written too. I'm pretty sure that, along with Framework, Oversight was highly influential for belgian bands such as Blindfold and Shortsight. Pretty good stuff. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

The Nation Of Ulysses - Plays Pretty For Baby LP!nlIXnAzA!dDQu5nVX_W8JUb8YFdANN0w1LtWfjytyDRVt4JVy7lY

The Nation Of Ulysses (from now NOU) was an experimental post-hardcore band from D.C. with a prolific discography but, for the purposes of this special post, we'll only feature their second LP (Dischord Records, 1992). Like Fugazi, NOU tried to break down the limited schemes (both musically and aesthetically) within their local hardcore punk scene. Indeed, they had an interesting mix of hardcore punk, avant garde, jazz, lo-fi and noise. In fact, it's one of those remarkable exceptions within the hardcore punk niche. Also, the band had a highly-political agenda with a particular dress code (all the members weared suits) and presented themselves like a radical left-wing political party instead of a rock band, playing with that rhetoric on stage and out of it. Do you know where did Refused took inspiration for their "new shape of punk" quest? Yup, you're right. This band was their oracle. Lastly, their prolific material is something to keep an eye on but this LP is a huge influence for the emo subgenre. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Still Life - From Angry Heads With Skyward Eyes LP and Slow Children At Play And Beyond CD!ap4k3DIQ!VdICDTJMo5UO0YkfVKLACR2CJ1D_8f-kMT5Vr35oSPM

This is the first full-length album of this amazing emocore band from Moorpark, California. During their early years, it also featured members of Strife, also one of the most influential hardcore punk bands of the time. I chose these two records because I think they capture this band's true essence. In early recordings, Still Life's style was more heavier and "moshy" and, just like their other contemporary emo counterparts, they would develop a more intense style with longer songs, screamed vocals, overwhelming and obscure basslines and a quite fantastic use of palm-mute guitars. The lyrics were both personal and political with abstract and well-elaborated statements. And, as a curious fact, From Angry...LP was rejected by Maximum Rock 'N Roll zine and didn't want to review it because it "wasn't punk enough". Ah, Mr. Yohannan, you were so naïf sometimes...Lastly, you'll find in the file From Angry...LP and a compilation CD that reunites their first 7", their first and only 8" and split track with Evergreen. You can also check their other records out, i.e. their split with Cerberus Shoal that contains their song Looks Like Tomorrow, the best acoustic emo song ever written. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Constantine Sankathi - Discography CD!K4wWDR6Q!Yrs0J0pK9HcISyJtVR5tLeWz2xnWtGs66mmO_uVLniw

This CD was released in 1998 by Council Records and compiles everything that Constatine Sankathi ever recorded during their short lifespan: Who Killed The Killed Kid 7", Baby Unicorn 7", split with Bev.Clone and The 26th compilation (with Bev.Clone, Nema, Wallside and Mainspring). You'll find in Constantine Sankathi all the characteristic elements of 90s emo: epic and intense long songs, screamed vocals, abstract lyrics, crescendos, minimalistic artwork and "emo writings". And also added occasional trumpet tunes simulating a "jazzy" feeling. Despite their not so well-known existence, this band was highly influential for the emo subgenre. You can even find traces of their sound in different 00s emo revival acts such as City of Caterpillar and The Pine. Pretty good stuff. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Current - Discography CD!jl4HFbQJ!HxN7txEthxInBEwgGFEcVA3JGpyMdWDejobCEzIFKhM

Another marvelous discography disc released in 1998 by Council Records. Current was a short-lived yet prolific hardcore punk band that also toured the US twice, probably the only emo band of the time doing so. Their Coliseum LP (Council Records, 1993) is by far one of the best emo records ever released: it's passionate, full of rage, with emotionally-charged lyrics and a top-notch musical execution, taking the best elements of the first wave emo (Rites of Spring or Moss Icon) to the next level. Also, the characteristic change between slow and fast-paced moments in the emo subgenre is perfectly done here. Lastly, the CD compiles the aforementioned LP, their 2 7''s (Could I and Is 4) and splits with Chino Horde and Indian Summer and different compilation tracks. This is definitely a must have. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Policy Of 3 - An Anthology 2xCD!a44B1ATY!8IXBDLUmiNZ117AiCJjPFe8hrm4hzMkok-HGuk0oPUE

One of my favorite american emo/hardcore bands of all time is finally here. Policy Of 3 (from now PO3) was a hardcore punk outfit from New Jersey and took their name from he ideas of a group of three farmers from China during the late 1930s who, through various nonviolent means, espoused increased power for peasants and independence from the wealthy landowning class. During their short-lived yet prolific existence, they released one self-titled, Dead Dog Summer LP and American Woodworking LP (their best work ever IMHO) and contributed tracks to many different compilations. Regarding the sound, PO3 managed perfectly the slow/fast tempos changes and crescendos of the emo subgenre with both political and personal lyrics. In fact, they were vegan straight edge and their political agenda made of them one of the most active hardcore punk bands of the era. This compilation was released in 2005 by Ebullition Records and contains everything that this band ever recorded plus a live performance in Dresden, Germany as bonus tracks. The song featured in Superpowers compilation, when they started the band as Matter Of Fact, is absent. Remember that this record was already featured here in the blog, so check it out. Lastly, I was told that an LP edition exists, but I'm not so sure about it. If you have enjoyed so far emo acts such as Moss Icon, Hoover and Still Life, PO3 is definitely for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Julia - Complete Collection 

We finish this entry with another favorite of mine in this world of emocore. Julia was an emo/hardcore band from San Diego that existed between 1993 and 1998. Unlike their other local chaotic emo counterparts, Julia was more faithful to the straight emo subset. Nonetheless, this band also managed a frantic display of energy and intensity. It was so emotionally enough for making you cry thanks to their epic length songs, abstract lyrics and constant changing crescendos. No joking. Lastly, this file compiles everything that Julia ever recorded (self-titled 7" and LP, Kathy 7" (and its remaster), ...At The Window Of Vulnerability 7", track from the split with Sunshine and compilation tracks). Note that the live version of their last song ever, featured in the split with Sunshine, will make drown in tears a cynical, insensitive and cruel beast like me, for example. Ha ha ha. Don't complain if I didn't warn you. I do hope to see in the near future an official discography compilation of this band. It's worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs! 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

V/A Fuerza Ingobernable I - Punk Colombia 2017

Coucou, les! We're back once again with a new colombian hardcore punk compilation that was released on digital version YESTERDAY. This is the first release of Fuerza Ingobernable, the most recent project of our colombian friends of Rat Trap collective. So, the physical version will be released on tape format and will have two editions: the first one, exclusive to Colombia, limited to 50 copies, whilst the second one, exclusive to Europe, will have 200 copies, distributed by Byllepest Distro in Norway. Also, the aforementioned scandinavian record label will release the next year the LP version.

Now, the included bands are: Atraso, Amenazas, Muro, Tumbas, Lupus, Opaal, NN, Comemierdas, Cadáver, Primer Régimen, Final, Espinoza, Distorsionados and Morte. Also, all the featured tracks are brand new (even some of them exclusive for this release, for example, Atraso's track) and will be soon released on each band's upcoming records that are planned to appear either later this year or early 2018. 

Regarding the sound, most of the bands are basically hardcore punk with different styles and influences (UK82, d-beat, crust punk, old school hardcore (american and european), etc.) but there are also some bands that add more traditional punk (notably punk ibérico and post punk) elements to their repertory. I highly remark both Opaal and Espinoza's tracks because these experimental outfits explore different tunes that reminded me of 90's noisy post-hardcore acts such as Jawbox, Drive Like Jehu and Unwound, really uncommon elements in the local hardcore punk scene.

Lastly, click on the image and you'll be redirected to Byllepest Distro's official bandcamp account where you can download it for free or pay the price you consider right. Oh, I almost forgot. Both Muro and Final will make an European Tour in October and November (I'll leave you the dates below), so don't hesitate and support them. You'll be amazed by their ferocious display of raged hardcore punk. You wanted more bands of this god's forsaken paradise of tropical anarchy? Well, there you go. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!


Monday, September 25, 2017

"Make Emo Great Again": Your unofficial guide to 80s and 90s american emocore. Part 1: Origins.

Note: Sorry, mate. The content of this entry isn't for you.

Coucou, les! We're back with the first part of our most recent special post. This entry will feature, in my humble opinion, the best emo records of the first wave known as Revolution Summer. As I previously announced you, the entries of this special post will be a little bit different because I'm trying to use a different format on the site. I hope this will work. Also, you'll notice that some bands don't quite fit into the emo subgenre, but the featured albums have been either a direct or indirect influence. Lastly, I don't have much time recently, so these entries will be short and wholesome (Ay, qué rico. Papppiiii!) Ehem, ok...Finally, click on the images for downloading the records. With all that written, let's begin!

Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade  2xLP!PoxXFB7T!9IhaEPVo4-e6d-6LFKV4vB7W409157kXn-7J5I67FEw

Though Rites Of Spring and other Revolution Summer-related hardcore punk bands are considered as the first emo bands, Hüsker Dü's third full-length album (SST Records, 1984) is probably the biggest influence on the subgenre. As you may know, this band is one of the first hardcore punk musical groups in the US and also had a huge impact on post-hardcore and melodic hardcore subgenres, as well as the whole alternative rock genre. Yup, I'm not kidding. So, why is this record here? Well, you'll find some of the elements that characterize the emo subgenre: abstract and introspective lyrics, slower yet aggressive hardcore punk traits, longer songs and complex instrumentation, among others. You'll also find in Zen Arcade the magic that made Hüsker Dü so special, unique and great. Sadly, their drummer, Grant Hart (R.I.P.), died two weeks ago after years of battling cancer. So, this entry is dedicated to him. Give it a try, you won't regret it. This band will also have its own entry in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Rites of Spring - End On End LP!f54E0ArZ!ikcOr_hMvCkc_dTxr9-m6fAreXW6BrCsH48YaW6nBjk

This marvelous LP was released in 1985 through Dischord Records, one of the first and most influential hardcore punk record labels in the US. Also, this disc is regarded by many as the first emo record ever released. Musically speaking, we find a more refined form of hardcore punk, closer to post-hardcore we must add, with less aggressive tunes and more introspective traits. However, the sound still has an amazing and immersive mystic force that will seduce any ear craving for frantic and fun music. You can search for the band's live performances on YouTube and you'll be mesmerized by Mr. Picciotto's intense acting. Pretty good stuff. And, I also recommend you their second and last 7" EP named All Through A Life (Dischord Records, 1987) that captures Rites Of Spring's essence but the LP is a little bit way better. Finally, this a 2001 remastered CD edition that contains both LP and EP. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Gray Matter - Food For Thought and Take It Back CD!m8wE1KYK!xDc4IUEZARG9we0xPqZKsJu7-J09n_VUw7fMDbTVqKU

Another outfit affiliated with the Revolution Summer movement and Dischord Records' musical family tree. Along with Rites Of Spring, Gray Matter was one of the first post-hardcore bands considered as the first emo outfits in the late-80s. As you can imagine, their sound is no different to those bands that belonged to this trend, but Gray Matter also added in some songs post punk and indie rock elements as well, making of them something a little bit different. In later recordings, they would be more akin to alternative rock. Finally, the band disbanded in 1986 and other emo and post-hardcore acts such as Severin, Three, Ignition, among others were born. They would eventually reunite in 1990 and later disband once again three years later. This CD (Dischord Records, 1990) reunites their two first records whose sound is closer to Revolution Summer style than subsequent recordings. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Beefeater - Plays For Lovers & House Burning Down!Ckh1QaQS!TJbTREOIgvpQNYbje-c2wM3s38xoBT4TAPbYEb8qwHw

Ah, I never thought I'd feature this band here. Beefeater was a short-lived project that existed between 1985 and 1986. This CD edition (1991, Dischord Records) compiles both Beefeater's LP albums released through Dischord Records: Plays For Lovers (1985) and House Burning Down (1987). Need A Job 12" (Olive Tree / Wetspots, 1986) is absent. Unlike other Revolution Summer-related bands, Beefeater added funk and metal influences into their repertory. When I first listened to this band, I never thought this would ever be considered post-hardcore or even an influence to emo subgenre. I still have my doubts but it certainly fits into this special post. So, you'll find fast-paced music with those interesting musical "toppings" and some lyrics that are both personal and political. Finally, last month his guitarist, Fred Smith (R.I.P.), was stabbed  to death. This entry will also be dedicated to him. I recommend you to give it a try, it's one of those cryptic acts that everyone should know. Enjoy!         

Embrace - self-titled LP!akxxgCIB!3hXaQWkf4IizedqJgEXoUUzElcq7wUZFkIFBIFwUiBg

Following Minor Threat's demise in 1983, two years later, Embrace was formed. It featured Ian Mackaye (vocals), Chris Bald (bass), Michael Hampton (guitar), and Ivor Hansen (drums). The latter 3 previously worked with Alec (Ian's younger brother) performing with The Faith, another impressive and well-known D.C. hardcore outfit of the time. Just like Rites Of Spring, Embrace embarked themselves in this territory of post-hardcore that would later be tagged as emo. In fact, you can see Minor Threat's last EP Salad Days as a blueprint of this trend and, of course, Mr. MacKaye would be as angry as always singing about his frustrations and other inner issues at the time without losing the hc/punk attitude. This LP is the only work that Embrace officially recorded and has had more than 10 reissues in the last 20 years with different LP, CD and digital versions. Absolutely nuts. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

One Last Wish - 1986 LP!us5URaKJ!dUHGxV1tafD3t3YOKdGLzubdo1hVsivMovZjDE-wkOs

One Last Wish was a short-lived project formed by Guy Picciotto (vocals and guitar, also Rites of Spring's ex-vocalist and main guitarist), Michael Hampton (guitar, also both Embrace and The Faith's ex-guitarist), Eddie Janney (bass, also Rites of Spring's ex-guitarist) and Brendan Canty (drums, also Rites of Spring's ex-drummer). This band didn't release any record during their lifespan. In fact, this disc was originally recorded in 1986 (duh!) but it wouldn't see the light until 1999 as a CD, thirteen years after the band's disolution. This record also marked the beginning of Dischord Record's trend of releasing posthumous material. Finally, after OLW disbanded in 1987, Mr. Picciotto would join forces with Mr. MacKaye for creating one of the most influential post-hardcore bands ever: Fugazi. This is the 2008 LP remastered edition. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Getting Shit For Growing Up Different: Mission Impossible / Lünch Meat split!WxZjHRhZ!VUnkXRM8jWI78uHjjS5IIWBZdHGdHeD2c6FKEhJ9_W0
This a split released by Dischord Records and Sammich Records (a short-lived record label co-owned by Ian MacKaye's younger sister, Amanda, and him) in 1985. It also was the only official release of both bands. Mission Impossible featured different local hardcore punks that previously worked with other projects, including Dave Grohl (yup, just after playing for Scream, a D.C. hardcore band, and before being Nirvana's most recognized drummer he was here) and only released one demo, the featured songs in this split and some compilation tracks. On the other hand, this is Lünch Meat's only official release (with some compilation tracks) and after the release of this record, they disbanded but later reunited one year later as Soul Side and made their own history. Regarding the sound, both bands played fast-paced post-hardcore like many of their Revolution Summer-counterparts but they weren't too "emotional" at all. In fact, I was really considering not including this record in here, but some of the tunes can be detected in further emo outfits too. So, well, they're here. Finally, get this split. It's one of those unknown hardcore jewels that you must know for sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy!.  

Dag Nasty - Can I Say and Wig Out At Denkos CD!etRHFRSD!RdXrzyVZ3624ZyfJhojbp1qVt3RiSth3y5BBhqqGirI

Things are getting more personal with this record. Remember when I told you that I'd make a special post for celebrating my 30th birthday? Well, it's supposed to be a collection of all the hardcore punk records that somehow have changed my life and Dag Nasty's Can I Say is one of them. So, this band featured ex-members of both Minor Threat (notably their guitarist, Brian Baker) and Bloody Mannequin Orchestra and after multiple changes of line-up, the "classic one" (Baker, guitar; Dave Smalley, vocals; Roger Marbury, bass; and Colin Sears, drums) released this majestic hardcore jewel. The sound is simply amazing: a good mix of both melodic hardcore and post-hardcore. Also, there are fast-paced songs and simple yet captivating guitar chords. But, in my humble opinion, the best feature of this record is undoubtedly the lyrics. Indeed, One To Two, Justification and Can I Say are simply all-time hardcore anthems whose content is something that I'm completely identified with. Their next record Wig Out At Denkos (Dischord Records, 1987) is also a must have. However, subsequent records are more within the realm of melodic hardcore and even pop punk, so their first two records are more accurate for the purposes of this special post. Click on the image for getting the CD edition (Dischord Records, 1991) that contains both records with some extras. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Three - Dark Days Coming!bgg0WIbZ!UYDLxaump-aaNgb8pCHr6-84k6_wIci1eAcWOtUj-qk

Three was a short-lived project that existed between 1986 and 1989. It also featured ex-members of Gray Matter and Jeff Nelson, Minor Threat's ex-drummer, co-owner and co-founder of Dischord Records. They only released this LP in 1989 and an enhanced CD version was released in 1997, through Dischord Records, with the band's demo included as bonus tracks. I found quite interesting the content of the record because there are fast-paced post-hardcore tracks and other ones less aggressives with more traditional rock influences. Even there are acoustic moments. On the other hand, the demo tracks are instrumental-only, and also quite interesting and unique because having this kind of songs on a hardcore punk record were pretty rare for the time. Finally, this is the CD version. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Ignition - Complete Services!rgB0kKDL!Yuyuot0kyjv1lBg9Mfy6BEayDvFn17vFhISfEGRj3v4

Ignition was a hardcore punk band from Washington D.C. and featured members of other local hardcore bands such as The Faith, Embrace, Iron Cross, Gray Matter and Untouchables. It also was one of the first D.C. hardcore bands that made an European Tour. You'll find here the distinctive late-80s D.C. post-hardcore vibe that's been featured so far. And, of course, this is the first official blueprint for the next wave of emo: complex guitar chords, longer songs and fast-paced/slow and introspective moments combination. Finally, I present you, this CD collection was released in 1994 through Dischord Records and contains almost everything that this D.C. hardcore band ever recorded: Machination LP, The Orafying Mysticle Of...LP, self-titled and Anger Means / Proven Hollow 7"s, 100th Show flexi disc and the track that appeared on State Of The Union compilation. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Fuel - Monuments To Excess!fsxH3JBI!7AG4TvzVvrihxjd1FvgFVQTZUw7MoAliQ2yMxJi7dM8

This is another underrated emo band that made history by their own but didn't receive the recognition that truly deserved. Despite their short existence, they released one demo cassette, one self-titled LP, one split with Phleg Camp and another with Angry Son, and Take Effect 7". Reagrding the sound, Fuel took the best elements of Revolution Summer-related bands (notably Rites of Spring and Embrace), as well as Fugazi's first recordings for creating their music. Indeed, you'll find complex and rich instrumentation with a pretty deep "emotional" content. I have to admit that the natural extension of late-80's D.C. emo and post-hardcore is fueled here (no pun intended). Finally, I'll give the CD version released in 1995 by Ebullition Records containing almost everything that this amazing band ever recorded. Highñy recommended. Enjoy!

Fugazi - 13 songs!ukYhyBoY!16S5DLKJsYILZaMsfzlzw6GICSq1AKy0BfsDO5WRRBU

Speaking of the devil, one of the best hardcore/punk bands ever is here. I know many people would be either surprised or mad at me because of Fugazi's inclusion here in this special post, but meh! I love watch the world burn down in flames mwahaha. Of course, I'm joking. But it's undeniable their influence on the whole emo subgenre. So, why they're here? Simple. This record is a collection composed by 7 songs 7" and Margin Walker EP and both records have Rites of Spring and Embrace trademark sound on it. You can say that they're their natural extensions. Either way, emo or not, Fugazi's works are simply fantastic. You can also check Repeater+3 songs compilation that follows the same musical trend. And, as you may know, subsequent records would be more experimental and pivotal for both post-hardcore and alternative rock genres as well. Finally, click on the image for downloading 13 songs. Pretty good stuff. This band will have its own entry in the near future. Promised. The faile contains both 13 songs and Repeater+3 songs as a bonus. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Fire Party - self-titled CD!K8JlQQxL!FkZAla1pBPDx6K14OcSQqtsiOyXpuJcqEvsPge81bmg

Fire Party was a short-lived all-female hardcore punk band. They only released one self-titled and New Orleans Opera, both released through Dischord Records, and also recorded one Peel Session and contributed one track to State Of The Union compilation. Unlike other Revolution Summer-related bands, Fire Party had a special and unmatched musical force. Yes, they followed the late-80s D.C. hardcore standard but added some personal and unique traits into their music that made them a little bit different. By this point, I'm sure that you have thought that this band sounds like Bikini Kill and other Riot Grrrl-related bands. But let's precise something: these bands owe their sound to this D.C. outfit. Mindblown, ha? Also, Fire Party coined the feminist ideology into the scene, encouraged by the Revolution Summer movement. Finally, this is the CD version that compiles everything of this underrated band, higly influential for emo, post-hardcore and riot grrrl bands. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Soul Side - Soon Come Happy!7lQQDSQA!x6MrdfiXY2bj3k6SzPY_RXYhyor4bK6c21wyCFoeVE4

Soul Side was a short-lived D.C.-based hardcore outfit that only existed between 1986 and 1991. Along with Fugazi, this band is probably one of the most influential of all these "deconstructive" hardcore punk musical groups. Their musical style is simply amazing: simple yet well-elaborated instrumentation, deep and abstract yet politically-charged lyrics and slow-paced and introspective interludes, key common elements for many emocore bands. Soul Side was also one of the first D.C. hardcore outfits that made an European Tour. In fact, during their stay in Eindhoven - Holland, they recorded Hot Bodi Gram (IMHO, their best work) and disbanded shortly after. Finally, this is the CD collection that compiles Soul Side's full-length albums: Trigger, Bass and Hot Bodi Gram. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Marginal Man - self-titled!LhISlYjZ!kYE8svO7YndbfjPIVSpcE-sFK0tMIrPpDB0AQuABKaE

Marginal Man was a D.C. hardcore band  that evolved from Artificial Peace, one of the first local hardcore punk. With the change of name, it also came a change in the sound. Indeed, Marginal Man was exploring more rock-oriented and slower sounds but still retained their local rabid punk attitude. With the release of this self-titled LP (Giant Records, 1988), this band would join their local counterparts in the development of Revolution Summer movement. Also, compared with their previous releases, this record is slower but still retains a magic that deserves to be remarked. Finally, get this record. Great stuff. Highly recommended. 
Rain - La Vache Qui Rit!j4QhybrS!f9huURetfRthqt9t9yJniSiwuasSIZLn-yW4CnEBX6k
Rain was a short-lived D.C. hardcore band that only released this interesting 12". This record was originally published by Peterbilt Records, Guy Piccioto's record label, and subsequent re-issues were made by Dischord Records. This is also probably the last original Revolution Summer band ever. Now, I chose this record because it contains the elements that made this movement quite special: emotionally-charged lyrics with simple yet captivating tunes. You'll also find fast-paced songs with some slow interludes but they're not as complex as some of their other Fugazi-influenced counterparts. It's quite charming this 12" I must say. Finally, this is the original release edition. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

The Hated - Every Song LP!3xpkzZbb!N7kISTs3T_5NMAO6oS2ECkei1v43wZA-O0M5bgfAd8E

The Hated was a band from Annapolis, Maryland that also contributed to shape the original emo sound.  Unlike the D.C.-based bands we've reviewed so far, The Hated explored different musical influences and was something like an "anti-D.C. Hardcore band". Indeed, they ironically maintained a powerful post-hardcore sound with short, fast and precise tunes but added folk and country elements into their repertory. I've always thought that if Neil Young or Bob Dylan were hardcore punks, they would surely sound like this band. Finally, I chose this LP (Vermin Scum Records, 1989) because it captures the essence of this amazing band and it's also their biggest contribution to the emo subgenre. And, if someone of Vermin Scum Records is reading this, please, please release their complete discography. This fucked up world really needs it. Thanks. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Moss Icon - Complete Discography 2xLP!31RVWD4R!qDsRBHPyH_kWFzdIP9EMGD3oT0RIS7CkDBIkKYjxclg

When I was gathering the information and compiling the records for this special post, it came to mind the idea to only publish Rites of Spring and this band as the essential first wave emo records. Why? The aforementioned D.C. outfit started it but it was the sound of this Annapolis-based hardcore band the foundation of the whole emo subgenre. Moss Icon existed between 1986 and 1991 and released their material through both Vermin Scum Records and Ebullition Records. Unlike other Revolution Summer-related bands, this band managed a darker and pessimistic attitude and their sound had a more refined and complex musical instrumentation and execution (longer songs (still retaining the fast-paced/slow and introspective moments combination, though), overwhelming bass tunes, elaborated guitar chords, abstract lyrics (with both personal and political content) and both whispered words and high-pitched vocals (closer to screams)). Also, this band had more political consciousness because they remarked many ignored or not so debated topics within the american hardcore/punk scene such as indigenous people causes and U.S. government intervention in Central America at the time. Finally, this is their complete discography released in 2012 Temporary Residence Limited that contains everything that this amazing band ever recorded: Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly  (IMHO, their best work), It Disappears and split with Silver Bearing LPs, and self-titled, Mahpiua Luta, and Memorial 7"s. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Alive And Kicking compilation!Hhh0BCib!AG2FRczXGIzxmy6dosX3aWkJa8G7v83HAafZg7gTwXk
This is a compilation released in 1985 by WGNS Records, a short-lived D.C.-based record label, and features some american hardcore punk bands of the time such as United Mutation, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Mission Impossible, Cereal Killer and Marginal Man. Regarding the sound, most of them belong to the Revolution Summer movement, except for Cereal Killer and United Mutation. Just like many compilations previously featured here in the blog, this one contains some songs that aren't available on each's band official releases and it is pretty difficult to get a cheap and decent physical copy. Finally, get it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

State Of The Union compilation


We finally conclude this entry with this mythic compilation released in 1989 by Dischord Records. Along with Flex Your Head, already featured here in the blog, this is another register of the D.C. hardcore punk scene in the 80s. But, as you can imagine, most of the featured bands are related to Revolution Summer movement, including some of them that sadly won't be featured here in this special post. Also, proceeds from the sales of this album went to the A.C.L.U (The American Civil Liberties Union, a non-profit and nonpartisan organization that has supported during many years same-sex marriage and the right of LGBT people to adopt, birth control and abortion rights, womyn, minorities, and LGBT people, the rights of prisoners and opposing torture, and opposing government preference for religion over non-religion) & The Community for Creative Non-Violence (an organization that helps homeless with food and shelter). The featured bands are: Scream, Ignition, Soul Side, Broken Siren, Christ On A Crutch, King Face, 3, Marginal Man, Rain, One Last Wish, Fugazi, Thorns, Fire Party, Fidelity Jones, Red Emma and Shudder To Think. Finally, this the LP version with the original artwork included with some writings of many people involved in the scene about different issuses such as capitalism, animal rights and feminism, among others. Worth reading. I hope you enjoyed this first part of this special post. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!