Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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.

Order it!


Anonymous maize said...

heres some old stuff i uploaded for someone...

dys - brotherhood 12"

ss decontrol - get it away 7"

negative fx lp

gang green - preschool lp

ss decontrol - kids will have their say 12"

1:17 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

nice!!! awesome stuff!!!
DYS!!! Dave Smalley!!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Jeff Chord said...

Dave Smalley can do no wrong.

Downloaded and ordered this Rain album. Can't wait to get a phyisical copy in the mail!

4:47 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

me neither... i just placed a dischord order

Rain - CDep
Q and Not U - Different Damage 12"
Black Eyes - s/t 12"
Fugazi - 7 songs 12" (Even though I already own 13 songs, i just think the cover is so awesome.)

5:22 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

1) do you guys have Laughing Cow cheese in the States too?

2) Blend, have you got Q and Not U's Power? I really hated it when I heard it... Different Damage took me a little while to get into it, but it was still nearly as good as the first.

10:40 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

1. Yeah, we got Laughing Cow. My friend loves those things. Eats one every day.

2. Yes, I do have Power. In fact, I think a full Q and Not U post will emerge by this weekend. Different Damage is my favorite one, and Power is okay. Some of it is worthy of their old intensity. In fact, Book of Flags is one of their best songs. Of course No Kill No Beep Beep is their most classic...

10:57 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

1. I saw this post yesterday, and I didn't notice the name. Then I stopped by today and thought, hey, in French that means... Confusing. Very good record, by the way. Very Rites-of-Spring-ish

2. Some of Power is actually really early stuff of theirs - e.g. X-Polynation, I think. They played that on the Burn to Shine DVD which I just mentioned on another comment... the keyboard player flailing around in scarf and woolly hat is hilarious. Q and Not U made dance-punk cool for me... but Power was too dance-y and poppy for my tastes. My own personal theory is that No Kill Beep Beep was actually an emo record...

11:30 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Yeah, i agree. No Kill has that chaotic feel that is similar to all those emo bands... i think thats what attracted me to them in the first place.

Rain is so good! too short lived.

1:02 PM  
Blogger J Bubblegum said...

i have the rain demo lurking about the tubes if anyone is interested...

3:19 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...


4:03 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

hey tim looks like you've got a pretty good order headed your way, i find myself liking different damage over no kill but that's just me.
something else headed yr way is hurricane jaysus. it looks like i'll be in new york for two nights, the first night is at the williamsburg music hall (viva voce's doing a headling show that night) and at union hall the next night with j.e.w. i can more than likely get you into the brooklyn show, not sure what the gl situation is gonna be for the next night but i'll see what i can do. let's have a drink on yr turf.

5:58 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

yo hurricane, lemme know if you come anywhere near b-more or d.c. I'm sure I owe you a drink by now.

7:22 AM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

funny you should say that, i'll be in DC on oct. 30th, and baltimore on nov 11th. i think we may have to cross paths.

7:41 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

awesome, I live in souther md...not too far from either. I'm guessing you already have a place to stay/eat, but if you need help, lemme know. I'll make the wife cook.

8:28 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

"make the wife cook"... hmmm. married life cant be that bad.. ^_^

definitely get in touch with me when yer here... is it this weekend? Saturday night im busy. but thats it... shoot me a text or something.

and Different Damage is definitely the best Q and Not U... Snow Patterns is one of the best songs, as is Meet Me In the Pocket

8:50 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

oh, just checked, noticed that it was around Nov 8th... i'll keep those days open.


8:52 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

"make the wife cook"... hmmm. married life cant be that bad.. ^_^

I'm only talking that shit cause I know she doesn't read this:P

8:58 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

oh and I just found this too Blend

its their first ep or single..all different songs from the full length though.

10:50 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks paps!

the other one you posted was good, but it seems they clearly are hitting their stride on the newest one, Initiale... i'd love to hear what they do next..

11:28 AM  
Blogger Jeff Chord said...

I've been listening to this a TON lately! Thanks Paps! Got any more revolution summer/late 80's dc type bands?

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of your blog :) Could you please reupload Rain's La Vache Qui Rit?


10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And speaking of connections... Jon Kirschten is Chris (Soul Side (he was their original bass player), Ignition, Chris Bald 96) Bald's brother. Jon K was in Ignition as a 2nd guitar player for a little while (not on any records I don't think) and he was in a very killer band called Las Mordidas with Jerry Busher, Dug E. Bird, and Chris Thomson in the early/mid 90s.

So yeah, good stuff! The Rain EP is so great. I got it on vinyl right when it came out & still felt compelled to buy the CD...

12:26 AM  

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