Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Poison Idea-Darby Crash Rides Again: The Early Years

Southern Lord

One can't help but notice that this seems to be a rather odd release for our friends at Southern Lord. Usually a label to be counted on for top notch doom or sludge it does strike a rather weird cord having them release material by seminal hardcore outfit Poison Idea. Even if it does seem weird at first though this Portland, Oregon band have the much need credibility to be on a label like Southern Lord. This collection gathers together the "Darby Crash Rides Again" 1982 demo along with the previously unreleased "Boner's Kitchen" demo from 1981, the complete uncut live-on-the-air set from the 1983 KBOO radio benefit and outtakes from the "Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes" recording session. With twenty-nine tracks from the band's earliest days this is a great introduction for those who have never been properly assaulted by Poison Idea's brand of Black Flag influenced hardcore. Since much of the material presented here has been out-of-print or never before officially released this is a great collection for Poison Idea fans or hardcore fans in general! All the recordings have been meticulously restored and mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Mastering and it comes with a booklet containing liner notes, old fliers and tons of previously unpublished photos from the band's humble beginnings. This is a great album from an unsung American hardcore band. Sure it is punk at times. More than anything though these guys were the real deal and this album includes the sort of bone crushing streetcore that made the early eighties scene so intense. Besides, how can you not like a collection that includes their cover of the Hawkwind penned "Motorhead"? Lemmy wasn't the only one to make this number a real rage!


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