So one of the best things about doing this site is getting to meet people from all over who share similar tastes in music with me. Or more to the point, respond to the music at the same level I do. This has been the big plus for me and has made all the uploading, typing, researching, scanning worth it.
If you like what’s going on here, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com. Better yet, send me some tunes that I may not have heard before. There is a whole world of demo tapes, obscure 7inches and 4-track recordings out there that I have not heard and would like to. If you have something you think I might like, let me know.
This one came from George in Philly. It was prompted by my Barking Wheels post from a few weeks ago wherein I lament about not knowing much about the Philly scene. I basically whined like a big sissy about not getting to hear Absence of Sanity (thanks Eric!).
Well, as anyone from Philly can probably attest to, Ruin were THE band. I had heard of them but thier recordings were pretty damn obscure outside of PA. They were an intriguing band; hardcore Buddhists playing hardcore punk and I had heard the stories about them playing in ritualistic white outfits with candles on the stage. How did the candles not get knocked over by stagedivers? A question truly for the ages.
To really understand how a bunch of Buddhists could end up playing hardcore, you have to sort of time travel back to the mid 1980′s. Think Bad Brains (Rastafarianism). Think Cro-Mags (Krishna). Think Youth of Today….OK, actually skip that last one. Ruin recorded thier material a little late in the cycle and that may have hurt them a bit from a historical sense. No listing for them on Flex for instance. I sense a Revolution Summer-type vibe in the recordings as well and see a lot of similarities to bands like Beefeater (minus the funk).
These tracks are from the Songs of Reverie and Ruin comp that came out in 1996. I considered posting the whole thing but believe a movie and retrospective are coming out soon about Ruin and I do not want to steal any thunder from the band.
Its also worth mentioning that the George Hurchalla book Going Underground is an excellent read and has lots of cool info about the Philly scene in the 1980′s.