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!
RELEASE - LIVE 1989!
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.