Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Release - live in Frederick, Md 1989

I'll be honest ... I never knew there was much of a straight-edge scene going on in Frederick, Maryland in the late-80's. I mean, I grew up in Maryland, and Frederick was often called 'Fredneck' because of the supposed large amount of rednecks that lived there. I can't recall when I first heard it called that, but it's what I think of when I see anything about Frederick, Maryland.

Here we have a live set from New Jersey's Release, recorded at the Outreach Center in Frederick, Maryland in March of 1989. The recording was ripped by G-Man from the original cassette tape, courtesy of BW. The tape is over 21 years old, and had been boxed up since the early-90's. It does have a few dropouts & some level changes... but you won't find this set anywhere else, that's for sure.

I saw Release a few times back then, including the Fall Brawl in DC in 1989, as well as The BBQ Iguana in DC. I even interviewed Rob Fish for a zine I did in 1989 called Take A Stand. Enjoy!


This is a flyer for the show it's from. Release was added to the show at the last minute. Thanks to Josh Hart for the heads up & for booking it back then too!

If you like this live set, you can find a bunch of Release studio goodies here from the great Blogged & Quartered site.

For an in-depth history of Release on the Double Cross Webzine, go here.

Bad Brains at the 9:30 Club 1982

Here is a great Bad Brains 1982 live set from a soundboard recording from their original stomping grounds... Washington DC. Long before the line-up changes and forgettable records on more labels than I can count... the Bad Brains in 1982 were like Godzilla in Tokyo... destroying everything in their path. I can't remember where I got this from, though most likely through Limewire a few years ago.

Here is what Wikipedia says about them:
Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of the genre, though the band's members objected to the term "hardcore" to describe their music. Originally formed as a jazz fusion ensemble under the name Mind Power, Bad Brains developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound known as hardcore punk and was often played faster and more emphatically than the music of many of their peers. The unique factor of the band's music was the fact that they played more complex rhythms than that of other hardcore punk bands, also adapting non-punk style riffs/solos into their songs. They were also an adept reggae band, in a sort of Jekyll-and-Hyde arrangement, while later recordings featured elements of other genres. Bad Brains are also notable as religious followers of the Rastafari movement. Bad Brains broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers and/or drummers. The band's classic and current lineup is singer H.R., guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson, H.R.'s younger brother.


Verbal Assault - Live at The Church Of The Pilgrims Jan 15th 1990

Here is a audience-recording(but a pretty good one) from Washington DC in 1990 of Verbal Assault. The Church Of The Pilgrims is still there, though I have no idea how many other shows they hosted back then or even since? This was ripped by G-Man from the original tape that recorded the show that day, courtesy of BW. I only saw Verbal Assault once... it was a different show they played in DC with Jawbox & Chris Bald 96. It was also VA's last time playing DC ever when I saw them. It was a Positive Force show, probably at Sanctuary Theater, but I am not sure. Enjoy!