Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Reason to Believe - When Reason Sleeps, Demons Dance (1990)



I missed the boat on Reason To Believe, until some people started talking about them a ways back, and then again, after the recent Sense Field post. I remember seeing this record around, and I always toyed with the idea of getting it, but I was particulary snobby at times in respects to album artwork. (Only at times though). Sometimes even to band names (not that I have a problem with this name, but i mean, Gorilla Biscuits? come on! best band ever with a ridiculous name....) I digress though.

I guess the main things I'd want to say about this record (and the appended "The Next Door EP") are that, A) Ive been listening the shit out of this, B) Most of these members went on to Sense Field, who were actually not as good, but I still like their first two albums, the self titled and Killed for Less (both released on Revelation Records) mainly because I liked the way Jonathon Bunch sang, I always thought he had a great voice... and one more, C) This does not sound like Sense Field, save for the voice. It is fast, cathartic, uplifting, melodic and catchy as the bubonic plague in the 14th century. Basically, awesome, positive, uplifting hardcore. and I'm kicking myself for not ever picking this up, cuz I wouldve loved this shit in High School. Its got an old school vibe, but theirs way more going on, almost along the lines of some of Bad Religions earlier stuff, or even Dag Nasty, when Dave Smalley was singing for them. Anyway, I'm reliving my youth with this album. Awesome.

19 Comments:

Blogger proven hollow said...

i've said it numerous times in the past, and i'll say it again, this album smokes! i have very fond memories of skating my ass off in the late 80s listening to this shit. i think i said that my first ever show was reason to believe and uniform choice. at the time all they had out was that first 7". they played their entire set, they were so incredible that people were screaming uncontrollably for them to play more. they said they didnt know anymore songs. we screamed more. and they played their entire set over again. fucking hilarious and awesome. jon bunch also had little tiny mini dreadlocks that looked like little vienna sausages on his head. i thought that was funny. while at the same time i was probably wearing flourescent pink and blue "jams" shorts. ugh...fucking florida in the 80s sucked. hell, florida still sucks.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Jeff Chord said...

I wish I had jams shorts.

You sold me on the Dag Nasty influence and members went on to Sense Field. Downloaded, listening tonight!

10:41 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

shit..I still got my Jams!@

8:08 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Jams... LOL!!!

what about Skids? haha..

i remember you saying you loved this album PH... and i have to say, over the past few weeks it has become something of an obsession... definitely great skateboarding music...

8:54 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Album is epic Tim. It makes me want to learn how to skate and tag.

10:40 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

isnt it? its an awesome album. i think everyone that visits this site would like it...

and Jeff, i made the Dag Nasty reference cuz i knew it would make you check it out... i think youll like this album...alot.

11:16 AM  
Blogger deaddreamnation said...

yeah i definitely was a sensefield fan and after hearing this record i agree. it's fucking good

5:47 PM  
Anonymous jaysin said...

This is a great record. The story i heard a long time ago (pre-internet) was that the singer had to pretty much record all of his vocals word by word because he couldnt pull off singing all the lines at once.

Who knows. Great record. Never got to see these guys. Saw Sensefield in a basement and never got what people liked about them or how they could go from something as amazing as RTB to that.

I just found the first Doggy Style record out there and am listening to one of the most underrated bands from that time.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Topher said...

what a band! Places; what a song!

1:45 AM  
Anonymous shaolinpunk said...

Damn, this album as fuckin' great. Been looking for it for a while, used to have a copy on tape in the early 90's, long since lost. Very pleased you posted this!! A lost classic!!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This album was a favorite of mine back in 9th grade...that would be 1989-90. "Far From My Hands" meant a great deal to me at one time, in a kind of crisis situation; I never thought I'd run across it again. It hasn't aged that well (the vocals are really really flat throughout) but it's still a wonderful time capsule of that era. Similar, though more poppy, were bands like Big Drill Car and Doughboys (often lumped with ALL and the Descendents but actually quite different). Anyone have BDC's "Album Type Thing?" I'd love to hear it.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Stan said...

Man like the lot of the others i have been looking this album forever. Thanks for this. I owe you.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up, yo. thanks for this post. I never took the time to check these guys out back in the day cause I'd heard about their connection to Sense Field, who I couldn't stand. At any rate, this LP is amazing. word.
-Sean in LIC

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anthony J said...

Dude, your blog rocks my world. Umm, any way you could re-up this RTB album? I have been trying to track it down for a while now. My vinyl got stolen by my first ex-wife. That's right I said first ex-wife. That means I have another one. That makes two at least. Love went wrong for me at least I can have this record again.

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please, please re-up this bad boy. My vinyl is getting old and I'm not able to rip it.

I'd love you forever.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous daveblev said...

I know it's been a few months but damn, I missed out on this...I have a worn out tape of this. Can you repost the RTB tracks again please?

7:52 PM  
Anonymous banana said...

hi, just found this one, could anyone re-up it? pleeeaaseee!

8:59 PM  
Blogger swizcore said...

Please re-up this! I've been a Sensefield fan since their first release (yes Im old too) but I am apparently in the minority because I love all of their albums.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Jae said...

I need this record!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I use to have it on vinyl and cassette but no longer have them. This is an amazing record. Fuck!!!!!

3:21 PM  

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