Saturday, August 14, 2010
Red C 15-song demo from 1981
One of many great bands on the Dischord label that only appeared on the flawless 'Flex Your Head' compilation in the early-80s... yet they never released anything else later. This is a shame, because this band is so intense to listen to. This demo is 15 glorious songs, and I think might even be the lost 2nd demo session that Dischord mentions on their site(see below), since the FYH tracks sound quite different than the recordings I present here.
This is what Dischord says about the band: In early 1981, Tomas, who had just moved to the DC area from Switzerland, was walking down M street and smoking a pipe when he ran into a whole crew of DC punk rockers. They were being interviewed by the Washington Post for an article on the punk scene. It was through that meeting that he was introduced to Eric L. from Potomac, a suburb in Maryland. Eric was looking for a drummer, and Tomas was looking for a band, and they ended up forming Red C with Leo and Toni. Leo only played a few shows with the band and was then replaced by Pete, who had been rumored to have been a member of the mysterious band The Stab, along with John from GI. The name Red C may well have come from a favorite Ethiopian restaurant in DC called Red Sea, though there were other theories floating around and the band wasn’t telling. They had a unique approach to music and this resulted in a sound quite different than what most of the other bands were playing at that point in time. They only played six or seven shows before breaking up, but they managed to record a demo tape at Hit & Run studios at some point in the summer of '81 and songs from that session appeared on the ‘Flex Your Head’ sampler. There may have been a second demo recorded in their basement that featured more of their songs, but all of the tapes seem to have disappeared after Toni died of pneumonia in the mid-80's.
I got this recording from my friend JH, along with some other rare DC demo sessions that will appear on this blog as well.