Hoover / Lincoln
Though this is really more of a Lincoln post then a Hoover post, it is the Hoover/Lincoln Two Headed Coin split 7" that is the most exciting. I say its more a Lincoln post because I have added the two Lincoln 7"s. One from Watermark records and the other from Art Monk Construction. Both great labels that have fueled many a hardcore habit. I believe the split was also released on Art Monk as well.
Hoover were one of the greatest DC bands to come from the Dischord label. Their full length, The Lurid Traversal of Route 7 was and is one of my favorite records. Fred Erskines bass (later of Crownhate Ruin and June of 44) is a driving force and the twin monotone guitars of Dunham and McRedmond cut and scathe and slither while Christopher Farrall keeps everything in time. Or out of time, in a very Hooverish way.
Unfortunately, I cant tell you much about Lincoln, other than they were also from DC, and prior to aquiring the two 7"s I had never heard anything other than the split with Hoover. Their music shares a similar dynamic, as do most bands from the DC area around that time period. The music is a bit more forceful and tumultuous yet still retains a keen sense of melody and restraint. All of their songs are great, and I wish I had paid more attention to them at the time. I was probably drooling over Fugazi at the time (as I still do quite frequently) and let them pass me by.
No covers for the Lincoln 7"s either. If you find them, or if you have the 7"s yourself, I would love to see a scan of the artwork. Just leave it in a comment.
Also, I actually have a request. If anyone has anything else by Hoover other than their full length and the above split, I would greatly appreciate hearing them. I never picked up the reunion ep and have also never heard their other 7"s.