So, I guess it was 1995, and this hardcore girl that I knew, she called herself Hahdcore Girlie or something like that. I dont know, It's on the tape at home. Anyway, she and I met at the Tune Inn and New Haven, CT, but she was from Pleasantville or something... haha!! real spot-on with the facts right now. The point I am attempting to reach is that she and I traded mix-tapes of our hardcore favorites. I believe mine consisted of Unbroken, Mouthpiece, Outspoken (all that New Age stuff ruled) and probably Native Nod and Frail and stuff like that. She gave me a tape that for the most part was good. It got me into Slugfest long after they were gone. It had a xCornerstonex song (which I would love to have that album again) on it which was awesome and various other goodies. Most of it I was familiar with and loved accordingly. Threadbare was the thing that stuck out the most.
Two songs, from a 7" that I instantly went on the hunt for. Two amazing songs. Well as it turned out a friend had bought it. This is the same friend that bought every good record and then sold them all (ahem! Crud is a Cult, Converge - Halo In a Haystack, etc.) He bought this one and of course I was all "where'd you get it!?!". Him: "oh, Trash. They only had one left". I couldve ordered it, but I didnt, I had it on tape, so I waited and ended up never purchasing it. But the songs never left my head. As it turns out, its only one song that never left my head. Ignition.
Ignition is one of the best hardcore songs ever. And personally Threadbare raised the bar so high with this one song that they never ever lived up to it again. I know some people get all saucy over them, but they never did it for me. I just wanted to listen to Ignition over and over, which is what I am doing right now.
The song reminds of Ressurection, but way crunchier and harder. Like Despair with Rob Fish on vocals. Ignition has certain parts that make me want to freak out. It is such a tense song. When he says "Under all these layers of filth, under all these layers of decay, HERE IT IS!!" Wow. I want to do a backflip. "Harvesting Misery, Crack, Cracking!!!!... Cracking the Facade, Ignition. CRACKING!!!!!!"... and then the tension really goes up a few notches as they lay into this darkened section... "Are we really in control, do we really know? I look around and cant help but thinking NOOOOOOOT! Fill the gap in my heart!" The bass work in this part is eerie and wonderful. The rhythm pulses underneath the screams and the low end and then explodes. You think this would be the ultimate end to the story, but they have another thing coming. One of the fiercest breakdowns, with shredded vocals screaming "Cracking the facade! Ignition!".