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BURN YOUR BRIDGES – demo (2002)

I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2001.  SPAZZ had simply damaged up as a result of I used to be shifting, though despite my transfer it additionally felt like “it was time”… we may hold placing out the identical information over & over and develop into stale, or name it quits whereas folks nonetheless cared what we have been doing.  So, my relocation was good timing for preserving the integrity of the band.
After I obtained to LA, I wasn’t actually certain what my subsequent transfer was.  I had a ton of associates down right here, and I am all the time pushed to do one thing artistic, however band-wise I did not know what route I used to be headed.  I jammed with just a few drummers, like Etay Levy from Lana Dagales (we’ve got some apply recordings someplace that I recall gave the impression of early Italian HC meets Soften-Banana).  However total the hardcore scene felt completely different.  I used to be nonetheless operating Slap A Ham Data, but it surely’s reputation was rapidly waning.  Everybody was shopping for CD burners, so creating CDs was pointless.  Nobody wished vinyl, so I ended urgent it. And a most folk acted like hardcore/energy violence was “over”.  I felt it, too  Basically, musically it did not look like something new & thrilling was happening.  In fact there have been new bands & new releases right here & there that I preferred, however nothing actually grabbed my consideration. It felt just like the previous decade was spent observing a brutality contest. Who could be essentially the most brutal, the heaviest, the quickest, essentially the most excessive.  Excessive music had reached a cookie-cutter stage and nothing stood out as being distinctive anymore.  I used to be fed up with the phrase itself and the method to every thing “excessive”.  So, I began fascinated with what I liked about hardcore within the first place. Riffs you possibly can hear, shouted phrases you possibly can perceive and sing together with. Songs that truly caught in your head after you heard them a few times.
After I began jamming with my outdated pal Bob from Deep Six Data / Lack Of Curiosity, he clearly had the right straight forward hardcore type to drumming.  He is not concerning the double kick and blast beats; his method was conventional hardcore: quick, tight, and stop-on-a-dime precision.  His type of enjoying impressed me to return to the roots of all of it. We began writing songs collectively, however as an alternative of following the Spazz path, I wished to drag it again just a few notches, and simply write straight ahead hardcore that sounded extra just like the early bands…. the stuff from my pre-teen & teen years of buying and selling demo cassettes by the mail. Songs that have been aggressive and quick, however not overly quick, with snotty shouted vocals that you possibly can considerably perceive, not simply gruff grunts and growls. Much less “energy violence” (sure, children… two phrases, not one), and extra HC.
We wrote about 30 songs collectively, and struggled for months to determine a reputation for the band.  Bob was pushing for DEAD MAN’S GLORY (it was a phrase he was actually pushed by, for some motive) which we saved for some time, however after actually fascinated with it, there have been manner too many bands in existence, previous and current, that had the phrase Useless within the identify. All the lyrics I used to be writing have been reflecting my unfavorable perspective in direction of the hardcore punk scene usually, and disappointment in my very own life, primarily my unhappiness in my then-marriage to my first spouse. With lyrics like these, I used to be sure to burn some bridges. Therefore, I got here up with the identify BURNING BRIDGES.  Bob preferred it, however after just a few weeks it form of gave the impression of Burning Britches.  As a substitute of individuals pondering of us as “that underwear band”, we modified it to BURN YOUR BRIDGES.
Though we knew one million bass gamers, we actually did not really feel like bringing anybody else into the fold.  So BYB remained a two-piece.  I recorded our demo on my Tascam 8-track.  Slap A Ham was closing up store. Bob nonetheless had his personal Deep Six label.  However we nonetheless despatched out our demo to a couple buddy’s labels to see in the event that they’d be enthusiastic about releasing something.  No bites, and little curiosity, so we ultimately recorded our one & solely album for Deep Six.
Over the subsequent few years, BYB performed a handful of reveals, which I barely keep in mind, and after the album, Bob & I wrote round 20+ new songs, however they have been by no means recorded.  I used to be very self-critical of our materials, and solely used what I thought-about to be the very best tracks. There are literally 7-Eight unused studio songs we recorded for our album, which I by no means added vocals on.  Perhaps I will submit these some day.
Total, response to BYB was lukewarm.  I do not assume a whole lot of children knew what we have been making an attempt to do.  The scene was nonetheless in “brutal” mindset, and we have been decidedly non-brutal.
This is our demo in all of its glory.  Till now, most likely lower than 10 folks have ever heard it.  Mainly simply dwelling recordings of what ultimately ended up on our album.  Take pleasure in.

BURN YOUR BRIDGES – demo 2002

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