La Peste - Better Off La Peste !
La Peste - Better Off La Peste
Original 1977-78 tape recordings saved & mastered by Jordan Kratz
2006 Dionysus Records / Bacchus Archives CD
01. Better Off Dead
03. Whites Of Your Eyes
04. Skin Tight
05. Acid Test
06. Die In My Sleep
07. Figure It Out
08. Don't Know Right From Wrong
09. Kill Me Now
10. Leave Me Alone
11. Pop Rock Polls
12. The Road
15. After Dinner Crimes
16. Please Love Sex
17. Betty's So Dumb
18. Hold On To Love
19. Kindness Invites Abuse
20. Fed Up / You're Too Cute
21. City Jerk / Not Today
22. Color Scheme
23. Rock Rots
24. Johnny You're A Rocket
25. She's A Girl
R.I.P. Roger Tripp.
Review by Johnny Angel:
Immediate disclaimer: I wrote a third of the liner notes for this reissue before I'd heard a note of what was on the archival tapes (the notes were of general fandom, as I was always an admirer and an actual near member of this trio). After hearing them in the "flesh" (or whatever CDs are made of), I stand by my word and then some. Twenty-six tracks worth of simple riff plus chanted chorus in a demotic, deadpan manner is the best way to describe this.
It's as if the side of the Ramones that favored Black Sabbath over the Beach Boys was fronted by Tom Verlaine or David Byrne. With stuttering bass and galloping drums underpinning mega-raw guitar, this may be the punk find of the year. Their anthem "Better Off Dead" (made semi-famous in this era by The Stitches) is here, as is almost everything they ever wrote. With the mother lodes of the first wave of punk mined nearly barren, discoveries like La Peste keep the classic punk sound alive.
Review by Joe Harvard:
Some pretty classic stuff on here, circa 1977-78. La Peste were legendary in Boston and "Better Off Dead" cemented their status across the universe forever.
This compilation is well done as well, the only weird part is in the Johnny Angel liner notes where he fantasizes that he was the band's first choice to replace Peter Dayton in 1979. Dude, that "angel dust" you're smoking (no relation, I'm sure) is heavy stuff, you might to lay off for awhile...
La Peste were one of the first, one of the more abrasive and the most musically advanced of Boston's original '70s punk banks. They made one of the first great Boston punk singles, 'Better Off Dead,' well known among the 'Killed By Death' crowd.
Better Off La Peste contains tons of never-before released tracks and is completely different from the horrible quality bootleg of years ago and is for the most part different from the long out of print Matador LP from the '90s.
This album fits like a glove next to the Bacchus Archives East Coast reissues by The Thrills and The Rattlers, along with our mondo early LA punk reissue catalog.
On songs like 'Don't Wanna Die in My Sleep Tonight' and the evergreen classic 'Better Off Dead,' the band honed a dense, edgy three-piece sound that belied the sparse instrumentation creating it.
They were masters of the subtle, repeating riff and the open string drone, marking the path followed -- in different ways -- by bands like The Smiths and Husker Du.
La Peste songs were often filmic, and they could sway lyrically from the film noir to quickie power pop confessionals. During the years they spent in Boston, La Peste were one of the most popular and critically loved groups on the scene, and their live shows never failed to generate real excitement, a sense that this was an event you were witnessing. In that respect, they had the stuff of stardom. But like most of the others I'd put in that list of the dozen best Boston bands, their star never really ascended.
Encore une exhumation excellente de chez Bacchus/Dionysus (voir sur le bloug The Rotters, The Gears, The Dils et... The Dils!)
qui ravira les étourdis comme moi qui étaient passés à côté pendant si longtemps... allez, toi aussi, vite: grimpe dans la Deloreane!
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