Live & LoFi 84-87 (the MySpace tracks EP) on Bandcamp

Finally made it into Bandcamp…

We grabbed the four live tracks from our now-defunct MySpace and added a few interesting snippets from contemporaneous rehearsal sessions. My track-by-track notes:

“Can’t You Just Turn It Down?”– yep, this is what it was like trying to play punk rock with Christian lyrics in 1984-85.

Death Of A Gunfighter —  Visitors cover! December 1984! At the infamous Flynns Ocean 71 club in Miami Beach. It was a dive back then (although legend has it that Sinatra played there in its heyday). Now that location looks like this:

The hotel formerly known as Ocean 71, which housed the club formerly known as Flynns.

The hotel formerly known as Ocean 71, which housed the club formerly known as Flynns. (Google Maps)

Nina Writes “Take Him Home” — the very moment the muse struck Nina in mid-rehearsal. And then I mindlessly say “let’s do Area Three One Twoooo”.

Throwaway — In July 1985, while the uncool heathen masses of planet Earth were watching Live Aid on TV, our performance at Sync Studios, our rehearsal digs, was videotaped with two cameras and broadcast all over Sync Studios. Extra comedy moment at the end when Rob’s kick drum pedal breaks for the second time. “No, I’m lying, it’s OK.” Sync was located just north of what is now trendy Midtown Miami.

We often had to lug all the gear up those stairs to the second floor of the building to the right. (Google Earth)

We often had to lug all the gear up those stairs to the second floor of the building to the right. (Google Earth)

Julio Presents “Better Off” — the first time those chords hit the ears of Nina and Robbie

Get Out Of My Face — The Nina classic, from the soundboard, from when we opened for DRI in May 1986 at the Cameo Theater in Miami Beach. There’s a tape of the whole set but we fell victim to the soundman sabotaging our sound. All the sabotaging was clear to hear on the tape. Yep, that’s what it was like playing hardcore punk with Christian lyrics in 1986. The Cameo today is some sort of club…

Looks the same, but now you can't find a parking space and the cool bands have gone (Google Maps)

Looks the same, but now you can’t find a parking space and the cool bands have gone (Google Maps)

Robbie and Julio Rehearse “He Won’t Take A Joke” — Seems like an early one. We used my Portastudio with electric drums & Rat distortion directly plugged in. One mike to capture vocals and cymbals.

Tunnel Vision — Audience recording of our moment of attainment, finally making it to Cornerstone in 1987. “MOSH!”

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