Some great news for fans of DC’s punk music scene. Dischord Records, based in Arlington, VA, is going to release an old demo. And not just any old demo, but that of life-changing DC punk / emo band Fugazi.
[Personal aside from me, Sam. Fugazi is partially what brought me here to Washington DC to go to college back in 2000. Their music and band ethics were just so inspirational for me growing up in rural Massachusetts, so uncompromising and honest, and the music was so hard-hitting and real for me, and I remember I wanted so much to be a part of their fiercely DIY world. So I came to DC.]
So yes, this is kinda ‘new’ music from Fugazi (the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2001). Here’s the official words from Dischord:
Later this year, Dischord will release Fugazi’s First Demo.
In January 1988, after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. They tracked 11 songs, ten of which were ultimately dubbed to cassette tape and distributed free at shows, with the band encouraging people to share the recording.
The only song from the session that has been formally released was “In Defense of Humans,” which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire demo including the one song (“Turn Off Your Guns”) that wasn’t included on the original cassette. The record has been mastered by TJ Lipple and will be available on CD and LP+Mp3.
This release will also coincide with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site now includes information and details on all of Fugazi’s 1000+ live performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and the public.
Exciting news for the fans! (Note too that the folks at Dsichord are making an audio archive of live shows – have been doing this for quite some time. The worlds of punk rock and libraries / preservation do indeed collide.)