For our first showcase, we have a band representing everything that is great with this type of music, The Men.
They have two amazing, brutal albums called Leave Home (2011) and Immaculada (2010). Their third album, Open Your Heart, is due out on Tuesday. So far two tracks have been released which show The Men are ready to become the greatest band on the planet. They are currently signed to Sacred Bones records.
"Open Your Heart"
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Bad Brains Fugazi Minor Threat Gorilla Biscuits Youth of Today Big Black Naked Raygun The Jesus Lizard Black Flag DK Fear Descendants All MC5 Iggy & The Stooges Mudhoney Melvins Unsane Murphy's Law Mclusky Nation of Ulysses The Make-up Black Lips Minutemen Meatmen Meat Puppets Government Issue Dag Nasty TSOL Toxic Reasons The Mr T Experience Scratch Acid The Hives Converge Judge Quicksand Fuckked Up
This thread is exactly what I needed. I have always liked everything I've heard from the majority of the listed bands but for some reason I just don't listen to it enough. This will give me some motivation to check it all out.
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If you don't know Void it's not really your fault. Your looking at a band that was around for less than 5 years and existed in that late 70's/ early 80's time-frame when everything was deemed "essential listening". And all they have out is a split lp with Faith (another "essential listening" band) and a few songs off various compilations.
It's ok. I understand. Really, I do.
The band was formed in 1979, in Columbia, MD by John Weiffenbach, guitarist Bubba Dupree, bassist Chris Stover, and drummer Sean Finnegan. It wasn't until 1980 that the band went into Inner Ear studio and cut a demo that was produced by Alec McKay (yeah, the other one). They were immediatly signed to Dischord Records and recorded the 12 songs that would make up their side of the split with Faith (Alec McKay's band).
There were songs that were recorded for a debut LP on Touch and Go records but Dupree has never given consent to release those. They broke up in 83' after increasing violence at their shows.
Get Out Of My Way
Who Are You
Discography: From Wiki Albums and EPs
Condensed Flesh 7" EP (Eye 95, 1981) Void/Faith split LP/CD (Dischord, 1982) Potion For Bad Dreams LP (recorded 1983; unreleased)
"Dehumanized", "Authority" and "My Rules" on Flex Your Head LP/CD (Dischord, 1982) "Get Out Of My Way" on Bouncing Babies LP (Fountain of Youth, 1984) "Get Out Of My Way" on Lost & Found 7" (Lost & Found, 1990) "Who Are You" on Punk Anderson's Favourites bootleg 2xCD (Starving Missile, 1994) "Dehumanized", "Black, Jewish and Poor" and "Authority (take 1 and 2)" on 20 Years of Dischord 3xCD (Dischord, 2002) "Who Are You/Time To Die" on the American Hardcore Soundtrack (Rhino Entertainment, 2006)
I urge you to track down the Faith/Void split LP/CD.
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There was a definite gap in musical history, in Washington DC, in the late 80's. Rites of Spring was long gone. Embrace was gone. Beefeater was gone. Shows became nothing more than a touring stop stop for bands. There was no sense of community that had bonded the scene before.
DC needed more than just a band. Enter N.O.U., they viewed themselves as separatist political party and terrorist group. Formed in the spring of 1988 with Ian Svenonius, Steve Kroner, Steve Gamboa, and James Canty. They were known as Ulysses till sometime in 1989 when Tim Green joined the band as a second guitarist. the band was renamed to Nation of Ulysses. Kroner left the band in 1992 and Nation dissolved. But what a glorious 4 years it was.
Releasing only 2 proper albums and a handful of EP's in just 2 years, you don't get the idea of how influential they were. You can't begin to count the bands that began to look, talk, and sound like Nation of Ulysses.
A Kid Who Tells On Another Kid Is A Dead Kid
NOU saw themselves as Anti-RockN'Rollers. They had shed the ideas and looks of youth from the 60's and 70's. They dressed sharp and they played loud. It was fast and noisy. It resembled less of what rock and roll sounded like and more how people reacted listening to free jazz for the first time. But make no mistake. Nation wasn't a jazz band. They were a youth political party. The 13 Point Program To Destroy America was co-opted from The Black Panthers original 10 Points. They had an accompanying fanzine that reproduced radical writing form the 1960's/70's and French Situationist like Guy Debord.
Perpetual Motion Machine
I was lucky enough to catch two NOU shows. One in DC in the summer of 91 and another at International Pop Underground Convention, later that year. I still can't believe the chaos that went on stage. Ian constantly falling over the stage. Gear broken and just kept powering through it. I'd never seen such antics and for an 18 year old kid it was pretty powerful stuff.
The Sound of Jazz to Come
Spectra Sonic Sound (lousy sound but it gives you an idea of the live shows.)
Discography: From Wiki Studio albums 13-Point Program to Destroy America (Dischord) (1991) Plays Pretty for Baby (Dischord) (1992) The Embassy Tapes (Dischord) (2000)
Studio EPs Nation of Ulysses (Dischord) (1991) The Birth of the Ulysses Aesthetic (the synthesis of speed and transformation) (Dischord) (1992)
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