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Pretty excited about this one coming into the office. Dischord are finally treating us to a definitive official release of the mythical first demo of Guy Picciotto and Brendan Canty’s pre-Fugazi emo trailblazers Rites of Spring, and it’s ruddy brilliant. Here we’ve got raw early versions of half the tracks from their era-defining self-titled album which paved the way for a whole generation of kids with distortion pedals and emotions to lurch around screeching wildly.What sets these recordings apart even now is the skill and zeal with which Rites of Spring executed the formula, mixing a driving punk ferocity with wistful, introspective lyrics to create something which isn’t just earnest but also uplifting, catchy, danceable even. These recordings seem less wild and in some ways more accessible than the recordings on the album, although a little rougher round the edges, and if you’re into all that first wave emo then you already know that this is an essential purchase.
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