Oh man, I found this Amenity seven inch last week at a local record shop. What a find! $2! And it’s really really good! Early DIY hardcore from 1989, from Chula Vista (south of San Diego, CA). Tough vocals, political/positive lyrics, fast skatepunk drumming, weird recording with the guitars coming and going all over the place. Similar to Downcast, but more skatepunk, and with some Econochrist mixed in.
Previously, I’d just heard one of their songs, on the Give Me Back compilation. This seven inch is killer!
I saw these fellows play a show back in 1995 at Goleta Fest. They stood out from the rest of the bands (Julia, Constatine Sankathi, OEGP, Endeavor, etc.) because of their grindcore sensibilities, and I remember some of the poserly emo folks frowning and shaking their heads at them (rather than frowning and nodding their heads). On stage were two hulking men hunched over their microphones, spewing wrath toward god, religion, satan, and all the followers. One vocalist (who later went on to sing for Suicide Nation) has a growly voice, and the other is straight death. The music is akin to Conniption – a bit grindcore, a bit punk. That’s, like, a terribly written description…
This is a seven inch, containing five songs. Sample one below!
I’m a big giant Unwound fan, and I own nothing of theirs on vinyl. So when I recently found this Young Ginns seven inch at a local record store, it felt to me like step one in the correct direction. It’s also, of course, way great to find early Gravity records for down cheap.
Young Ginns were from Olympia, WA. They feature Justin and Brandt from Unwound (Brandt quit Unwound about six months before this record was recorded – he was replaced by Sara Lund, who no longer works at the music store down the street from me, and is now, apparently, in library school. Sara, if you are still in Portland, you should come to the library-people meet-up that is organized by my friend and that is quite popular: Interlibrary Lush). And this seven inch was recorded about a month (Dec. ’93) before the recording of Unwound’s second full length, Fake Train.
Anyway, I really like this seven inch. I’ve been listening to it a lot lately. But now I want to be able to listen to it on the bus, so I digitized it. It definitely holds with the low-ish fi recordings of other early Gravity records, like the first Heroin seven inch, and the Lava seven inch. The songs are gritty and pretty short, with a certain Bl’ast-ish drive and mania. I especially love the guitar on the last song – reminds me a bit of Heroin’s occasional meanderings.
And to continue mentioning bands that aren’t Young Ginns, on the song below you can even see where Crimson Curse may have found some influence.