Void - Complete Void 1981-83 !
Void - Complete Void 1981-83
Hit & Run Demo #1 1981
01. Short Song
02. War Hero
03. Go South
04. Condensed Flesh
08. Summer Sucks
09. Organized Sports
10. Who The Fuck Are You
12. I Don't Wanna Be Like You
13. Black, Jewish And Poor
14. Please Give Us A Chance
15. Please Sir
16. Time To Die
17. Self Defense
18. Draft Me Please
19. No More Authority
21. I Was A Weekend Punk
Condensed Flesh Demo #2 1981
23. Organized Sports
27. Condensed Flesh
28. Black, Jewish And Poor
29. War Hero
30. Get Out Of My Way
31. Go South
Flex Your Head Comp. Dischord LP 1982
34. My Rules
Split LP w/ Faith. Dischord 1983
35. Who Are You?
36. Time To Die
37. Condensed Flesh
38. Ignorant People
39. Change Places
40. Ask Them Why
41. Organized Sports
42. My Rules
43. Self Defense
44. War Hero
Live in DC Feb 13th 1983
47. Who Are You?
48. Time To Die
49. Get Out Of My Way
50. Ask Them Why
51. Ignorant People
52. Organized Sports
54. My Rules
Void was a Washington D.C.-based hardcore punk/crossover thrash band.
They were one of the first hardcore outfits to fuse hardcore and some heavy metal in a way most hardcore and metal fans could accept, paving the way for bands such as The Melvins, who created a more commercially successful hybrid of the two genres. They were one of the first local bands popular in the D.C. scene that was from outside the Beltway, hailing from Columbia, Maryland, a suburb located between D.C. and Baltimore.
The band formed in 1979 with manic lead singer John Weiffenbach, guitarist Bubba Dupree, bassist Chris Stover, and drummer Sean Finnegan.
Many keys to their cult following included Bubba Dupree's Greg Ginn-like guitar style and wild performances, and John Weiffenbach's frenzied behavior. In November of 1980 they cut a demo tape at Inner Ear Studios produced by Alec MacKaye , and were picked up by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson's label Dischord Records.
In February of 1982 they made their vinyl debut on Dischord with three songs on the Flex Your Head compilation. That spring they went into the studio to cut twelve songs that were released in September of 1982 as half of the Faith/Void split album released by Dischord Records.
By 1983, Void were incorporating more metal influences into their sound, drawing a crowd that became increasingly violent and their shows became even more chaotic. In the summer of 1983 they recorded an as yet unreleased album for (then) Detroit based Touch and Go Records.
According to Touch and Go, they still periodically attempt to get permission to release the album, but to this day that permission is denied by Dupree.
Void disbanded in the fall of 1984, with violence at their shows being a factor in the breakup. In 1992, Eye 95 Records released their November 1981 Inner Ear demo tape as the Condensed Flesh EP.
So anyways, if you’ve hung around hardcore for even a minute you’ve probably heard someone expound on the virtues of Void.
Void are on of the first true originals of the hardcore era. Unlike say, Black Flag or the Bad Brains, they didn’t originate via the aftershocks of 70’s punk/wave/whatever.
They were influenced by the bands that came from those aftershocks, and as much by the aforementioned punk bands, as by more rock/metal acts like the ever popular Motorhead. They began sometime in 1981, as this is when their first demo (basically a 20+ song live in studio slop-fest), is dated, but they didn’t rise to prominence until arguably the height of the HC era, 1982/83.
This prominence came via a handful of appearances on comps like Flex Your Head and Charred Remains, and of course their split LP with fellow DC area band The Faith. But part of their infamy back in their day was the result of their now legendary live performances, which are sadly in this day and age, very under represented on tape and video trade lists.
I wouldn’t argue that Void’s studio material is irrelevant. On the contrary their split with The Faith is one of the most important documents of its time. With so many bands in DC and surrounding areas content to mimic the Minor Threat formula, and mining the same few records for inspiration, Void were obviously one of the few to find their own way.
Singer John Weifenbach growls, screams, and grunts his way through esoteric adolescent gore fantasies and LSD-magnified rage-outs.
The rhythm section of Chris Stover and Sean Finnigan (R.I.P.) wobbles and swerves its way in and out of the tempos that anyone else would play with pedestrian indifference.
Guitar player Bubba Dupree mangles his chorus tinged metal influenced playing with violent abandon. His amp bleeds high squealing feedback, strings bend disgustingly out of tune, and the sounds bash and crash together in and out of time to produce a sound that never had an equal then or now.
Everyone knows this though. All that’s been written of Void has said as much, and now more than ever they get their due from people outside the punk scene as well as in it.
About Void Live show at the 9:30 Club in 1983 that was bootlegged:
Opening with the classic Who Are You it becomes obvious what the audience was in store for that night. Dupree’s guitar sounds cavernous and gigantic. Thick, saturated… like there’s an actual physical weight to the sound waves. The opening crashes of cymbal and bass accents against the guitar hit recklessly before the group hurtles into the verse. Already they’re dogging in and out of time, frantic and out of control.
Feedback from the mics and instruments washes in and out, the vocals fight against any natural rhythm, and the guitar still bears down on everything fighting for total supremacy. There’s something about the live performances of some bands that just can’t be caught in the studio. It’s a different frame of mind, a different experience, a completely different kind of energy, and for a band like Void, it’s a world of difference.
When they play Ask Them Why in this set the beginning collapses into an almost formless mix of sounds before emerging back into focus at the start of the verse. Part of the mess is the sound of the music’s sound, being displaced by the movement of the band members and the audience (no doubt they’re crowding the stage). Strums and hits and squeaks move out of phase for a quarter of a second and it conveys to the listener a sense of movement and kinetic energy that I don’t think could be accurately duplicated in a recording studio, outside of essentially filling the room with a rabid audience.
Everything that makes Void a special band is amplified in these songs. I think it could actually be the definitive Void document in its unabridged form.
I understand the gravity of that statement, and it’s not meant to diminish their other work in any way, but rather to emphasize how insane and out of control this performance actually sounds. (CC @ bidharcore.com)
Ending this mad 11 serie of massive compilations, Void was a wild hardcore phenomenon, so it's only due to post this as a tribute to a band that remains a huge influence for many... to this very day!
Here's the special treat:
Both 1981 "Hit & Run"+"Condensed Flesh" demo tapes, 3 tracks that appeared on "Flex Your Head" 1982 Lp comp on Dischord, the split with Faith (of course) plus the 8 tracks soundboard Live set (9:30 Club, DC. 02/13/83).
EAC extracted, 224~320kbps VBR Mp3 encoded + tags. Enjoy!
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