Rain - La Vache Qui Rit (1987/1990/2007)
This is an amazing forgotten record from the DC vaults. It has recently been resurrected on Dischord records as it shouldve been when it first was recorded. Rain began in 1986, right at the tail end of the Revolution Summer movement in DC that comprised bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace. The album didnt see the light of day until 1990, when Guy Picciotto released it on his Peterbilt label. After quickly selling out it again hadnt seen the light of day until this year when Dischord re-released it along with the out of print Deadline songs (early 80's DC hardcore with Brendan Canty of Rites of Spring, Fugazi fame.)
Its hard to talk about the DC scene without mentioning all the connections between these bands, so I'll keep it short. Eli Janney is Eddie Janneys younger bro. Eddie played in Rites of Spring and One Last Wish. John Kirschten sings and Rain was his first band. Bert Queiroz played in a few earlier DC hardcore bands, during the Minor Threat / Faith / Void days. Bert Played in the Untouchables with Ians brother Alec and Eli's brother Eddie. He also played in Double-O and Youth Brigade. Scott McCloud joined before recording La Vache Qui Rit, and went on to play guitar for Soul Side and later with Eli played in Girls Against Boys.
Such a complicated web. IF that doesnt fascinate you like it fascinates me, then lets talk about the music. Rain sounds like Rites of Spring. Rain sounds like Dag Nasty. Rain sounds like Embrace. Rain sounds like One Last Wish. John Kirschten even sounds like Guy in RoS. Basically these 6 songs completely rule. Full of melody. Full of passion. Full of harmony and that awesome DC twin guitar sound. This sound is basically unbeatable and these songs are instantly replayable over and over again. Snakeout is my favorite with its awesome opening guitar riff, but I really cant compare these songs to each other as they all have such endearing qualities and anyone, I mean anyone that likes DC hardcore from the mid 80's will get all juicy over this record.