Comps! Realization and The Spirit of Solitude

I was flipping through the one lowly row of seven inches in my favorite record store last week when I took a peek below the shelves to scope the “overflow box.” Lo, I was freaked in my stomach to discover that where previously only one box had been, 10 (ten!) boxes were now sandwiched down there. (I’m sure all those other boxes were always there – I just didn’t notice them.) I didn’t have time that day to go through them them, so I vowed to come back next week. Being the man of my vow that I am, I did just that. I made it through six boxes (four more for next weekend!). I came out with 14 seven inches, many of which I’m super excited about (Shotmaker 7″ on Kung Fu/Manticore; Assfactor 4 7″ on Repercussion*; Sleeping Body 7″ on Vermiform; Han Shan 7″, etc.)… plus I was psyched that my total cost was $20. Crazy how these records don’t go up more in value. Anyway!

I got a bunch of 7″ compilations. Here are two of them (more will follow). I chose these two because they have a common link: Framework. But I hadn’t heard Framework before yesterday. According to my sources three of the members formed Earth Crisis around this time (1992). However, Framework reminds me a bit of None Left Standing (from the XXX comp… maybe I just think this because they both have a line that says, “I scream,” when they aren’t actually screaming), except more poundy and chuggy.

First up is the Realization compilation. Put out by Subjugation Records in 1993 (United Kingdom). On the comp are: Struggle, Feeding the Fire, Darkroom, Shortsight, and Framework.  All these bands can be summed up as (straight edge) hardcore. Also – and this doesn’t matter or anything – but I’m guessing that most, if not all, of the members of these bands are of high school age. This is a compilation for animal rights. And each band includes some writings on the matter.

Except Struggle. They chose “War 1″ as their song for the comp (later put on their 12”, and titled “War #1”). It’s  about the Gulf War. It’s a different recording than what’s on the lp. And correct me I’m wrong, but I don’t think this recording is on the discography CD. I remember when Kent was putting together the discography, and I told him that I could have sworn there’s a compilation out there with a different recording of a song that’s on the lp, and he told me I was full of bull. So I went through all the old heartattacks until I found a review for the Realization comp. Then I looked through his record collection, found it, and we played it and rocked out. But still, after all that I don’t think it ever made it to the discog. (There’s also an alternate recording of The Untitled (first song on side B of the lp) on the Lacking Mindset comp, which includes a voice over during the drumming part. That’s actually what I had been thinking of when I unearthed the Realization comp….) At any rate, now I finally have this record. When I found this I let out an audible “hwaugh!” and the cruster standing above me flipping through classic rock albums (what a poser!) looked at me like I was a dork.

What’s especially cool about this comp is how international it is. Feeding the Fire (blazing fast, sorta like Seein’ Red) is from Holland; Shortsight is from Belgium (female-vocaled, sort of street punk thrash stuff, a la Suckerpunch, Reality Control)… huh, I guess the other three are from the US. Well, that’s pretty international. And it’s a great comp, too!

I can’t find a full Yuletide Records release list. They put out records by Frail and Spirit Assembly and stuff (um, obviousy… I dunno why I typed that), and are one of those labels that I won’t pass up no matter what. This comp has Policy of Three, Ashes, Framework, and Point of View. Like the comp above, it’s another (straight edge) hardcore record from 1993. The Ashes song is good (fem-voxed). Check out Framework:

I’m pumped on my finds! I hope you enjoy them.

‘load everything at once: Realization Solitude

*you’ve all heard this record, right? no need to transfer it??

Wellington

I was looking up Wellington on last.fm and saw that the name was attributed both to a band from Arizona from the ’90s, and also a Hungarian classic rock band from the ’90s. This post is about the one from Arizona. They didn’t have many plays, though I’m sure most of this has been shared elsewhere. But, in case you don’t have it, here you go. In the download is the Thank You Jesus lp, the Waterloo 7″, the split 7″ with Fall Silent, and the song from the Amnesia compilation. I know that they also put out a split with Noothgrush. I don’t have that – if anyone does and wants to share it, please do so and I’ll edit this post to include the download. What else did they put out? I don’t know.

Last post I mentioned sludgefuzzed guitars. I think I mostly said that about Lewistown because Wellington’s guitar is kind of similar in tone. But Wellington does sludge like a band of demented sloths trudging through the black forest (though not quite as sludgy as others, such as Wormwood). I think the sign of a good sludgecore band is that halfway through the song you still can’t tell if it should be sped up to 45rpm. When listening to their song on the Fall Silent split, even after the vocals came in I still couldn’t tell if I was listening to it at the right speed. But as slow and steady and as mired in a swamp as Wellington are, they do spring together and chug toward driving fast parts. And when they do, it’s most satisfying.

That song, plus two others, are from the Waterloo seven inch. That’s my favorite stuff of theirs. It’s their earlier material – and the song on the Amnesia compilation is also an early one. Back then (1995) the vocals were a little more gruff. Later on (1996) they became a little bit more forced and varied in growliness and… more like Unruh (which, according to last.fm, band members later went in to (check my archives to find the Enewetak/Unruh split)).

One song from the Waterloo seven inch, “Please,” is also on the Thank You, Jesus lp. One’s with the earlier vocal style, the other’s with the latter. The lp is pretty excellent. And the opening sound is great – I wish I’d thought of it.

I included the Fall Silent song in the download. Right now I’m in a room with people that I don’t feel comfortable subjecting to this music, so I can’t refresh my memory of them. They are sort of chuggy and hardcore-ish, but the recording is rough and raw. Kick ass drummer. I’m pretty sure I saw them once.

All of these were put out on Fetus Records. The Amnesia compilation was put out on Ebullition (I only transferred the one song from that comp).

Wellington