This is a really profound and personal moment for me, as a record label, and more importantly as a zit-covered teenage goober from North-Central Massachusetts. Because today I get to announce the release of not one, but two records for the band that played the biggest role in my initial exposure to good hardcore, and basically set in motion a sonic obsession leading to the path that my whole life would follow for the twenty five or so years (and counting) to come. So on that note...
Painkiller and Warthog Speak have teamed up to bring you two EP's worth of the finest hardcore that Massachusetts has had to offer in the past 20 years. Fit For Abuse released just one 12-track EP in 1996, then recorded sporadically between 1998 and 2003, splitting time with a couple of different singers, and yielding a grand total of 4 released tracks. These two records compile 13 unreleased tracks from 1996-1998 that represent all of their unreleased material.
Long thought to be missing in action, the original master tape for Fit For Abuse's "Mindless Violence" 7" has finally resurfaced to yield an extra five tracks, presented here for the first time on vinyl (or anywhere else for that matter). Original tracks "Bloodshed", "Testosterone O.D.", and "The Real Kids" are re-recorded cuts from the band's first demo tape, and "Nuclear Threat" and "You're A Rebel" (originally by The Abused and Iron Cross, respectively) were recorded for compilations that never came together at the time. "Testosterone O.D." rips open this record with the ferocious Boston-via-Midwest hardcore sound that drives their original 7", while "Bloodshed" and "The Real Kids" are classic oi-tinged singalongs. One time pressing of 500 copies.
After the release of the "Mindless Violence" EP, original singer Matt Kelly took a job beating the skins for the Dropkick Murphys, and local legend "Psycho" Ray Damien was recruited as FFA's new frontman. The band existed for a year or two with this lineup and recorded 8 tracks for an EP that was originally slated for release on the Dropkicks' label Flat Records, but for one reason or another, the record never made it beyond the studio and just a single track — "Four More Years" — was released on a Suburban Voice freebie 7" compilation. Lo-fi, unmixed versions of these songs have circulated around the internet for many years, but we were finally able to track down the closest existing thing to a master tape to bring you this record, featuring six "new" cuts and two re-recorded demo songs. Unrelenting Massachusetts hardcore at its finest! One time pressing of 500 copies.
Here's their whole set from last week at the show with TEMPLARS, BATTLE RUINS, BOSTON STRANGLER, SHIPWRECKED, and AGGRESSION PACT. Stolen from YouTube:
Added AUSENCIA 2nd 7", OLHO SECO Botas Fuzis Capacetes 7" reissues (have some on color), and PRISON POSTUMO 7" to the webstore as well.
Not Enough Hours in the Day to Wade Through all this Bullshit DEATHREAT fanzine
Then a whole lotta nuthin', as of now.