Monday, February 11, 2008

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



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.

32 Comments:

Blogger Guav said...

One of the best hardcore records of all time, and totally under-recognized.

10:47 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

catchy as the bubonic plague in the 14th century

it's carried by rats?

1:12 PM  
Anonymous maare said...

can you re-up 4 walls falling - culture shock? tnx in advance

great blog.

3:54 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Guav, you seem familiar to me, can you tell me why this is? Definitely a sick record though. I maintain this would have been one of my favorite records ever if I had it in high school.

Gabba - Lol.


Maare - Most certainly. Coregasm has an old post with some 4WF tracks but no Culture Shock... I'll get it up for ya.... Its still available from Jade Tree as well..

5:19 PM  
Blogger Guav said...

I'm in NYC and went to a lot of shows from 1996-2003, so I'm guessing you've probably seen me around at some point :)

Before that I lived in Syracuse.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Walt said...

hey tim. haven't heard from you in a while. i miss and love you. walt.

Ps I finally started my art blog. floridawalt.blogspot.com.
<3

10:14 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

amazing album, amazing band. i think i've said this before on this blahg, but when i saw reason to believe play, they only knew the songs from the 7". they were so amazing live that everyone went batshit crazy and we all made them play their entire set again. it was a fun time. also, uniform choice played circa long hair and (p)leather pants. 1988 was radical. i was probably wearing pink and purple jams shorts at the time.

12:10 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Guav, I would say thats probably it, Ive been in NY all my life and going to shows since 1993.

For some reason I'm thinking Earth Crisis... anyway, thanks for visiting.

Walt, love is in the air. Psyched to check your art blog. They tore down some super special graffiti here in BK. A huge popular Cycle piece and a whole wall of fame.. Super sad.

PH - Wow. Pink and purple jam shorts. You know if you still have those you could probably ebay them for loot. They'd be almost vintage right now.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Guav said...

I put out the first Earth Crisis 7", did their logo, longtime friend and defender, etc. haha

10:16 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Defender! haha!! nice...

You live in NYC as well? and I found your livejournal... I read that article about the guy who died of cancer in Guantanamo.

So messed up.... I dont even have words for that right now...

Keep up the good work though, and make sure to visit now and again... I think i need to post something special today...

11:47 AM  
Blogger Damn Those Blood Suckers said...

Could anyone post the Baader Brains DEMO for me? It would be greatly appreciated

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES Badder Brains demo por favor.
Album RIPS!!! But Id still like to here the demo.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous jaysin said...

This is so good. In the same vein can someone up the first Shades Apart lp? Another great melodic hardcore record.

And this is a second for the 4 Walls Falling "culture shock" lp. Another one of those records i have on vinyl and havent listened to in years.

6:05 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey.

i promise to put shit up all the time, and then i get distracted. apologies.

it was my birthday yesterday and i planned on posting the three most influential records of my short life. I think i may do that tonite and also try to get out some of the post i have had building, like 4WF and shit, maybe even Falling Forward.

i got some other stuff too. not so hardcore and extra hardcore... i'd like to get them all up tonite, so if the reviews seem a little thin, then maybe some of you guys have some things to say that i can add in the post...

more tonite.

ps. i dont have Shades Apart, but I do have the Baader Brains demo. But all the songs are on the album so are you sure you still want them? they sound like shit compared to the newer versions.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Guav said...

What is this Baader Brains thing?

1:13 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

its yet another Mike Kirsch project, kind of along the lines of Please Inform the Captain This is a Hijack, or Torches to Rome or Bread & Circuits.

I personally dont like his recent stuff as much as his older stuff. Though I do like Bread & Circuits and some of Please Inform....

2:26 PM  
Blogger Saf o))) said...

Thanx for the invitation blend77. I'm a regular in your blog....really nice one :D

2:27 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

dude happy belated birthday. you gotta let us know these things so we can at leasst try and throw you a wicked suprise party. next year!

3:24 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

ah man, i know. i really was gonna post up the influential post of the century with Fugazi - 13 Songs, Sick of it All - Blood Sweat and Mogwai - Ten Rapid...

I also felt inspired to post Slint and some other inspiration stuff... basically all the touch points that led me to certain realms of music hitherto unexplored by me in the early to mid 90's

Im really gonna try to catch up a little bit tonite on some of my posting..

thanks for the wishes, Jaysus! I might be out in Seattle in June too. I'll keep ya posted. My friend is getting married!

3:53 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

whoa crazy. i'm actually moving back to tulsa in may (where life is much cheaper and travel can become an even bigger option). you get older things seem to fall into place in the locations you least expect them. what can you do. no fears though, i know we will run into each other again. i show up in all the damnedest places.

4:55 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i sure hope you do. its good times running into you.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Damn Those Blood Suckers said...

hey blend. i'd still love to get that baader brains demo if you will upload it. thanks!

6:07 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yeah. im gonna start doing stuff right now... did you need The Complete Unreleased Works too? or just the demo?

well, ill up the demo right now..

10:04 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

heres ya go nick.
Baaaaad Ass. This demo has issues though. I got it this way and never found another copy. So frankly the versions on the Unfinished Works are of far better quality...
http://www.mediafire.com/?5nfykrqydqn

10:11 PM  
Blogger Damn Those Blood Suckers said...

awesome! thanks blend! i do have the Unfinished Works album. It's one of the best things I've heard in a very long time.

1:36 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

I'll admit, Nick. its growing on me. It's very complex. A lot to take in. Jury is still out.

9:51 PM  
Blogger pierre said...

Awesome album, melodic hardcore at its best. One of the first bands of the genre with Bad Religion. One thing interesting is that it sounds like Offspring at times (partly due to the voice of Jon Bunch) but the fact is they did it before Offspring. Both were from California, on the same label "Nemesis", and I'm pretty sure RTB was an influence for Offspring...

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing. have it on tape, but I've been searching for a better version for a loooong while, so....THANK YOU!!!!

2:39 PM  
Blogger muirwa said...

does anyone know where I can get/buy/steal this album? CD or MP3 version? would anyone be willing to share it with me.

i need a copy!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Guav said...

Just click on the album cover in the post.

10:17 AM  
Blogger James said...

Thanks for posting this!! Hearing this LP again brings back some mighty nice memories...

2:53 PM  
Blogger speedreeder said...

Hey Thanks for posting this! What an amazing record, my friend and I were all over this in High School, RTB were our local heroes. We got to see them twice, and they were great, we went to their last show, and it was a "surprise last show." When RTB broke up we were crushed!

Great great record. I've been looking for it for ages.

6:29 PM  

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