Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rebuilding Compilation Poll Wrap Up

Photobucket
Ken and Skip standing outside the Turning Point van, 1991, Photo courtesy of: TP

This was an interesting poll to me because the results were exactly in the order I voted. Let's break it down...


Turning Point won as I expected, but they really dominated more than I would have predicted. "Broken" is one hell of a song, not only for the fact that it's great, but for the fact that it was written by young suburban dudes who only a year and a half before were getting passed off as a goofy YOT clone, complete with hooded-sweatshirt-dude cartoons and generic mosh parts. Obviously I love all eras of TP and the demo is one of the best ever - so I'm not knocking it...but they had their critics and weren't initially heralded for originality...or at least weren't expected to go the route of writing songs with this much depth.

"Broken" is a perfect example of a band seriously progressing while still staying in the realm of hardcore. Things are kicked up a solid notch above what they did on the LP, there is a heavy DC meets Verbal Assault vibe, and some real super tight musicianship - each member just delivers in a way that makes the later era TP material stand out. I gave TP the vote here just because I think of them when I think of the Rebuilding comp. Their track just seems like the voice of the record and like it was specifically written for the comp and not just a throw away extra song.

Photobucket

The Burn track is a wall of power...raw, hard, ugly - and if you asked me tomorrow, I'd give this song my #1 slot. Obviously a pre-EP recording, there's a spontaneous and uncalculated nature to this recording that is totally absent on the EP, especially in Chaka's delivery. Drown is one of my favorite Burn tracks, and I think the EP version is just so flawless that it overshadows what appears on the Rebuilding comp. Fucking great track. "As a unit...what we could have been." You're moshing. Always dug Gavin's extra little note bender at the end of the melter on this recording...I think I'd pay a lot of money to just hear various takes of his raw guitar tracks from any Burn session.

GB crept into 3rd place ahead of No Escape. Biscuit Power is a great anthem, in fact, it's actually one of my more favorite GB songs as it's early, chaotic, goofy GB at their finest. Yet it never really fit in on this comp to me. I always imagine Chuck Miller somehow just snagged a recording of the tune and got it OK'd and thought "alright!" Thing is, I always viewed the Rebuilding comp as featuring 3 relatively new or brand new bands that were kinda the current newest crop of HC bands pushing things into unchartered territory. And then there's GB, who had already been around a few years, and the song of theirs here is a very early one. Just odd. Either way, I'd say Biscuit Power would beat a ton of other songs in head to head competition, but a monster Burn song and one of TP's best tunes provide too much competition. Again, you could ask me tomorrow and I may throw this in the front spot.

No Escape rounded things out, and while I've never disliked No Escape, they've never grown on me to the extent I thought they would have as I've grown up. On paper, No Escape has always sounded PERFECT: Editor of Boiling Point going bonkers with dudes playing heavy, brooding hardcore that has some thought behind it. But I don't know. Silenced is a solid track, probably better than 75% of all comp tracks that would come out anything in the next ten years...but it grabbed last place for me and also took the final spot in the voting.

Definitely a solid comp that marks a period in (east coast) HC pretty well.

Thanks for voting and feel free to comment with your feedback! -Gordo DCXX


Photobucket

Skip with Turning Point at the BBQ Iguana, DC, Photo: Dave Brown

23 comments:

Russ said...

I always thought Tim Singer's vocals alone always crushed everything else on that comp; ESPECIALLY Burning Joint's track......

"I'm not sorry if my words offend..." said...

LOVE Turning Point (and "Broken"), LOVE Burn, but "Silenced" is the best No Escape song ever, and totally smashes every other song on this comp. I'm blown away it got so few votes!?

Anonymous said...

For others to be able to enjoy, here's a download link - www.mediafire.com/?zybtx1gmcxz

Great compilation

Justin M said...

I voted No Escape. Best track on the comp, but only by a little over the TP track.

William Patrick Wend said...

The No Escape song is incredible. One of my favorite bands by far.

Guav said...

There are actually two versions of that flyer—see if you can find the difference :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/guav/1761816028/in/set-72157600480502650/

chris said...

I voted No Escape. It was a toss up between that and TP, but I figured TP would get the majority of votes. Looks like all the NE voters are the only ones commenting, haha.

ML said...

yeah, i voted for no escape too. they were a great band. very underrated.

Anonymous said...

i love how no escape got like 6 votes but everyone commenting is making it sound like they were the best band on here.

DOUBLE CROSS said...

GUAV RULES!

Anonymous said...

no escape was lame as hell and you all sound gay talking about how great they are

William Patrick Wend said...

Aww, how cute, the first thread I've posted in on DCXXX with pathetic anonymous cowards trolling. A day to cherish.

Mike Garceau said...

That shirt Ken is wearing brings back some memories. Holy shit.

Andrew said...

Mikey...
I was just about to ask if he was rocking an old Solitude crewneck... guess I was right.
I still have an old Solitude long sleeve in my garage somewhere.

Bucky said...

I love No Escape...but their best song has got be "Guilty". Bill, if my band ever makes it back east we'll cover it for you.

William Patrick Wend said...

I think my favorite song is "Blind."

ERIC SXE said...

I had to go with Turning Point. I loved those guys. Mostly for me it was the DEMO, 7" and then the Darkest..LP. Awesome stuff!

Anonymous said...

Achat kamagra Sans Ordonnance
achat diflucan france
achat propecia france
acheter nolvadex pas cher
kamagra achat france
Kaufen viagra Online
kamagra Rezeptfrei Bestellen
lovegra Kaufen Apotheke
lasix Kaufen
achat diflucan france
Ohne Rezept lovegra
nolvadex Prix en France
lioresal Ohne Rezept
amoxil Bestellen Rezeptfrei
viagra Prix de Vente
lipitor Rezeptfrei
achat flagyl
nolvadex Online Kaufen

Penis Enlargement said...

I am thoroughly convinced in this said post. I am currently searching for ways in which I could enhance my knowledge in this said topic you have posted here. It does help me a lot knowing that you have shared this information here freely. I love the way the people here interact and shared their opinions too. I would love to track your future posts pertaining to the said topic we are able to read.

VigRX Plus said...

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about information and love learning more on this. If possible, as you gain expertise, It is extremely helpful for me. would you mind updating your blog with more information

Sinus headache said...

Thanks for sharing this post. It is really good .
Home remedies for pneumonia Home remedies for boils Toenail fungus infection Baby ear infection Stomach gas Hard stool treatment White spots on skin Natural laxative foods Under eye wrinkles Cure ear infectionCommon digestive disorders Common digestive system diseases and disorders Top fertility foods Smooth and glowing skin Remedies for sinus headache Dandruff treatment Health benefits of almonds Dry skin patches Cucumber health benefits

Urdu poetry said...

Hi there! Lovely blog you have here, I'm happy I ran into you! Your post is looking so lovely due to your pasted material here .. Nice inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Colon Clenz said...

Very interesting! I have no expert, but I want have to know more and more, on your blog just interesting and useful information....