Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Spirit Assembly - Welcome to Lancaster County



Im not sure exactly when this was released, but I was still in high school, so I am going to assume 1995.

I remember not knowing anything about Spirit Assembly, but I liked the name and it was released on Yuletide records out of PA, and I knew that they released good bands. When I got home to listen to it, I was floored. It was some of the best screamy atonal hardcore I had ever heard. The liner notes were funny, with pictures of Amish people and Lancaster country side.

Now, looking back, I cant help but thinking about how my sonic palette has changed. This and many other things like it seemed so off the rails and crazy fast and, as I said before, atonal. Listening to this record in current time I am suprised by how MUCH melody was put into these songs. What once seemed so brash and hardcore now seems actually quite beautiful and full of interesting twists and turns. Dont get me wrong though, it is still furious and brash, still has gut wrenching atonal moments, and still is fast and chaotic. I guess what I am trying to say is that this record has aged incredibly well over the past decade or more. I feel like i appreciate it even more now then I used to. (Not suprising, since being a music hungry teen I sold and resold my record collection a number of times in search of more more more - I guess I didnt have much appreciation for anything)

The sounds come somewhere from the whole PA emo / screamo hardcore scene, but the music is rife with Rites of Spring like melody and certain slinty Maximillian Colby feel that has been the holy grail to me in my rebirth of hardcore pride. Also, looking at it from my current perspective, it seems that SA were much revered for their brand of hardcore. I swear I felt like I was the only one on the planet listening to these guys, and even the hardcore kids I knew didnt knwo of them. This is mid 90's, when Victory and Revelation ruled the hardcore scene and most kids thought Earth Crisis were a prerequisite for all hardcore listening. So I suppose that alot of this music went unnoticed for a good deal of time to most of the hardcore community. And now younger hardcore kids are dredging it all up, from the depths, and its good to see these bands finally get some ounce of respect a decade later.

Spiriti Assembly is very worth your time, maybe even more so then it was when it was released.

Included is the Car vs. Driver split 7".

Thanks to Airball for providing all the album artwork for both the LP and the split. I put it in the zip for ya.

Enjoy!

25 Comments:

Blogger metro/sea said...

Great post! I grew up in York, PA which was 15 min south of Lancaster. Spirit Assembly had a huge influence there. Another band to check out is Fields Lay Fallow. I think it had 2 people from Spirit Assembly in it. I could post it if you want.

1:05 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i grabbed it from the comments a ways back, but if you have album art you should make a proper post..

people should hear it.

when you get the time of course..

^_^

1:16 PM  
Blogger Airball said...

So I just did a little Google research to see what came up for Spirit Assembly. Both Gus and Dru are actively playing in bands. Both bands have a show in Lancaster, PA on July 17 with Dutchland Diesel (another great Lanc band for the last 12 or 13 years).

FIYA - from Gainesville, FL with Dru on guitar.

http://www.fiya.org/
http://www.myspace.com/fiyagvl

Tiny Hawks - from Providence, RI with Gus on drums.

http://www.corleonerecords.com/banddetail.asp?bandid=15
http://www.myspace.com/tinyhawks

Gus was in Fields Lay Fallow, and I want to say there were based in Georgia at the time (but I could be way off). I'll scan the artwork for their LP later this week.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Slim said...

pretty cool!
I thought I might contribute so here is Children Of Fall "Bonjour tristesse"great screamo from sweden!
http://www.mediafire.com/?5sdvtoyrwpm
note:this is my first upload so let me know if something doesn't work
enjoy.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Airball said...

I'm starting to think there will be a Spirit Assembly reunion show next week in Lancaster. I just saw this too. A Philly band named Melquiades is also playing that Lancaster show next week. Sam plays in this band (and from what I read he was also in Fields Lay Fallow). I'll have to check the record insert to confirm that.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Airball said...

Wow, a lot more about SA online that I would have thought. Here is a video (which you can download to your PC). Sounds like "In Order To Visualize" from the split 7 inch.

http://www.thesoundofindie.com/?p=238

2:02 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

awesome. thanks!!

i'll check into those bands...

bummer that i live far from Lancaster. I would love to go see that show...

keep em comin!

2:44 PM  
Blogger greggcorp said...

Gus lived here in Athens, GA for a short while, but I don't recall him playing much locally.

3:11 PM  
Blogger kissmysoundsystem said...

Great band!!! Good to see them properly posted here :)

You can find Spirit Assembly live footage from 1995 (about 15 min.) on Rapid City Punk Archive:

http://www.rcpunkarchive.com/

Worth watching as well as many other videos there.

I've been listening to them from the time michael posted it somewhere in the comments here. The same with Fields Lay Fallow. Love these bands :)

5:42 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

me too.

7:44 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

whoa where the fuck have i been? on another planet?! haha.

we played our second show ever with car vs driver and spirit assembly. sweet dudes.

gregg was right, gus lived here in athens for quite awhile, mostly just riding skateboards though.

fields lay fallow was not from georgia, but while they included members of spirit assembly, they also featured steve from car vs. driver. so there you go with some tangled family tree knowledge.

i need to get back into the game on this whole internets thing!

9:52 PM  
Blogger kissmysoundsystem said...

Don't you think it's high time to update your blog, proven, you lazy guy? We are waiting for more stories about the glorious past of american hardcore :)

Hey, slim! Have you got anything earlier by Children of Fall? I'm especially curious about their 2nd full length. This one I've already got but thanks anyway for your contribution here!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Slim said...

@Kissmysoundsystem: sorry this is all I have.
You guys have posted a lot of stuff!!! Mmmh how could I contribute....is anyone interested by Yage "The Human Head to strong for itself"?

9:13 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Hey Proven Hollow.

youre still welcome to join up...

im sending you an invite right now... i think youd fit in nicely here...

10:12 AM  
Blogger kissmysoundsystem said...

No problem, slim, we can count on papstar ;)

Sure, post Yage. I've heard some good about them.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Slim said...

Here is german screamo legend Yage "The human head too strong for itself",not their best,but still pretty good.
Unfortunately I have their other records on vinyl so I can't share them with you guys :/ .But I strongly suggest "3-17 October 1984" it's their first full length and it's amazing,probably one of my favourite record.If you find it go for it,seriously.

http://www.mediafire.com/?ddjtc7bom3f

Also feel free to check my band:

www.myspace.com/themeoflaura

It's a kind of screamo/emo/punk trio very influenced by old french emo.I do the vocal(in french) and the guitar.The recording is not very good though :/(live condition)
The band is quite new (formed in february 2007),so any constructive comments is welcome!

7:02 AM  
Blogger Slim said...

wow,don't know what happened but mediafire has erased all my files...Should I worry?:/

8:04 AM  
Blogger Slim said...

well it seems that all files hosted by mediafire were deleted...

8:13 AM  
Blogger kissmysoundsystem said...

I've had some problems with mediafire today but it seems like it's working well now... Nothing wrong with my files so yours should be all right as well. I hope so ;)

It seems like you can write pretty good songs with your band. I'm looking forward for some better quality recordings!

Thanks for Yage!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Slim said...

thanks for your comments kissmysoundsystem!
yeah my mediafire files are ok too now.:)

11:13 AM  
Blogger adam said...

found out i still had a copy, just put it on ebay if anyone is interested

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad, i think your files were deleted!!! i would love to hear this record again!!!1

11:25 PM  
Blogger jam455 said...

Is there any way you could re-upload this?

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