Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Congress "Euridium" 7 inch reflections

The 'Euridium' release of Congress was groundbreaking. There was no school in K-Town (Kortrijk) where there were school kids that weren't into Congress. Every K-town school had kids that were into Congress at that time. At least that is what someone of my age and from the area told me during an interview. It spread further over the years with the 'Blackened Persistance' release and peaked internationally with 'Angry With The Sun'. There was no popular press, radio or television that helped spread the word. So almost everything was passed over on shows, verbally under friends, zines and distribution of records. That has always been the case with Hardcore before the internet era was here.

I picked in on the spread during the 'Blackened Persistance' phase. So this release was silently waiting to be discovered later. There is so much global truth in the lyrics although they might seem personal at first. With the music they had taken the first steps into the Metal and Hardcore blend. Edge-Metal was born with this release, after the embryonic phase Edge-Metal had in Wheel Of Progress.

Congress 'Euridium' 7 inch on Warehouse Records

Congress 'Euridium' 7 inch on black vinyl (first press)

There's still a lot of work to do concerning the documentation of the band and their discography. General consensus is that this black version is the first press, of which copies were used to make a record release version. And that there is a solid red also as limited color. The masses say that the purple was second press out of 1000 copies and brown was third press out of 1000 copies also. As a critical side reflection I need to say that it's nearly impossible in Belgium to press and sell all of these copies (summation 2500 - 3000 copies) in one year. That is impossible despite how popular the band was at the moment. Add to this that there were also CD versions pressed and sold out. So I argue Discogs.com and everybody who says this. And we need to know in what year these three pressings were done exactly.

I am well on track in upgrading my collection with some essential H8000 Hardcore records. To find a first press of the Euridium might not be that hard at all, but to find perfect condition copies is quite another task. Depends on what you have for standards in mind for sure. I found this copy on Discogs.com but I need to say that using this site as a reliable source is stupid. The database is far from completely reliable and who can blame people for not making it reliable. There are years and years of research and then you just put your work on someone else site. Where you can't control it anymore. If one day Discogs.com pulls the plug it's all gone. So if we succeed to publish things in a book that would be a great achievement.

Monday, October 26, 2015

25 Ta Life "s/t" 7 Inch

Another NYHC band from the 90's is 25 Ta Life. Back then they delivered a breed of Hardcore that was popular here in Belgium, but also in France. They had a good live reputation, I was at one of their shows. People were moshing, stage-diving, singing along on the stage and were in short all over the stage instead of in front of it. Good Life Recordings did two LP releases in collaboration with Triple Crown Records from the USA.
Rick Ta Life (the vocalist) is known for his lyrics about unity and other clich├ęs. Nowadays many people hate him and make fun of him on the internet. Obviously he might not be a cool guy because otherwise all this would not have a reason to happen. But I do think that he and 25 Ta Life made NYHC popular for the 90's kids over here and prevented it from sinking into oblivion to a certain extent also in that way.

This record is from 1994 and is their debut 7 inch. Back then they didn't yet break through in Europe but still I wanted the record. It's released on Striving For Togetherness Records. I bought a great condition copy since my previous was in bad condition and it was a good price.

Striving For Togetherness
25 Ta Life 7 inch: front cover

Strving For Togetherness Records
25 ta Life 7 inch: back cover

25 years to lifelong imprisonment is the sentence for the crime of murder, that is why on the front cover a prison is pictured.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Maximum Penalty "East Side Story" 7 inch

Since I posted the Breakdown 7inch I came up with posting this one, to continue a series of posts on NYHC records. This one has been silently sitting in the collection for more than 7 years. I don't know why I never came to post about it. There are more records that I buy but don't post. Can't exactly determine why I do it this way. I remember that I bought it from Edward Good Life who was selling some records from his private collection back then. I got into their music through the Where The Wild Things Are compilation.

Maximum Penalty Lower East Side story 7 inch: front cover

I like the cover since the title 'East Side Story' is elaborated with a picture of the Lower East Side New York. You get sucked into the neighborhood's atmosphere. They are originally from the 80's wave of New York Hardcore but one of the last bands from that wave that created relevant music and releases. NYHC was not so alive, let stand relevant during the 90's decade in my eyes. Except for some good Madball, Merauder, Stigmata releases, this and maybe some more, the scene was dead.

Maximum Penalty Lower East Side story 7 inch: back cover

They had a demo tape released at the end of the 80's, according to Discogs.com but their first records seem to be from the mid nineties. So there is quite a hiatus between them releasing a demo and having their first proper releases. Which raises questions. I only know the demo from the combo release with this release on CD. That 1989 demo is damn good and exists on a 7 inch to. I begin to feel a slight urge to hunt one down...

It feels weird to go back to that phase of learning about collecting records and Hardcore's history. I probably did some useless and stupid purchases also. Records that are not so collectible and relevant. There are historical factors, musical and aesthetic tastes and collectors factors like rarity or exclusivity. All determine the fact that something slips into oblivion or remains fancied. Not everything collectors fancy is relevant to. This one can be acquired for 5 to 10 euro. But despite that I feel it to be relevant.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Breakdown The '87 Demo

In continuation of posting records from my backlog, here's one that is really good although not that hard to get. The Breakdown 1987 demo on yellow vinyl. According to Discogs.com there are more yellow copies than black. Although that needs to be nuanced since there are several yellow versions in circulation. Pale yellow, more warmer yellow but also clear yellow and copies with a greenish accent seem to exist. My copy has a more warmer yellow to it.

Breakdown the '87 demo 7 inch yellow vinyl

Noiseville and Blackout! Records

There are a lot of references to this record in history. Everybody knows the song 'Sick People' from the NYC Hardcore compilation from Revelation. That everybody now must have on vinyl thanks to all the represses made. Also the Parisian band Kickback most likely got their name from the song 'Kickback'. Also on the French Hardcore compilation 2CD from the 90's Kickback covers that track so that is giving their influence away. Also Belgium's Powered Records uses the Blackout! Records logo to make a variation of their own logo. There are probably more references like rip off sleeves, it only tells us how classic this one is.

Breakdown has the most stereotypical NYHC sound, why listen to anything else if you want the get into that stuff?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Turnstile Summary

Here is a post with some photo's I posted earlier on Instagram. But since that social medium has got little informative value but a more entertainment and networking value, I'm posting it again for archival reasons. To anyone out there who might be wanting to hunt down some Turnstile records and needs a photo. And is using Google to find one. Also have the opportunity to write larger texts and post several pictures of the same record without having to edit them or something.

I have a funny anecdote concerning the job I did of providing photo's to the world wide web. One day I was discussing a trade with someone, he wanted a picture of my record to feel sure about the trade. I couldn't be hassled by taking it out the boxes again. So I sent him a photo I took earlier for this website. The reaction was obviously that he thought I was lying, he said; "that's only a google picture you downloaded" and meaning "you don't have the record". I was like WTF, while I could only realize that I really took the picture and had the record but had no means of proving it. A few days later the dude obviously chickened out even after I did new photo for him and all. He was obviously lacking faith and for some reason faint of heart also. Weird trade and obviously it didn't work out at all...

Anyway, just for informative reasons and to get back to the haters I will post every version I have of every Turnstile title on Reaper Records beneath here:

Nonstop Feeling

Step 2 Rhythm

Pressure To Succeed