Negative Trend - Negative Trend EP !
Negative Trend - Negative Trend
2.13.61 Records 2006 CD
3. Black And Red
4. How Ya Feelin'
The re-issue of the EP on CD. Mastered from the master mix tapes at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Contains four songs - bludgeoning, savage, Stooges-like punches in the face that haven't lost any power in over a quarter century. This release never sounded better!
(Line up #2:)
Mikal Waters - vocals
Craig Gray - guitar
Will Shatter - bass
Steven DePace - drums
Negative Trend was an early San Francisco punk rock band, active from 1977–1979.The former members of Negative Trend would go on to start a number of other notable western US punk bands. Soon after the breakup of Negative Trend, bassist Will Shatter and early drummer Steve DePace went on to be founding members of Flipper, while guitarist Craig Gray and drummer Tim Mooney were among the founding members of the Toiling Midgets. Former vocalists Rozz Rezabek and Rik L. Rik went on to become notable punk singers in their own right.(Wiki)
For anyone interested in good late-70s American punk, look no further than this. Many will find their way here because two members of Negative Trend were also in Flipper. There is a similarity in sound between the two bands, but it's just in the crunch of the music. There is an overall feel to this that sounds like punk, but owes more to the Stooges than other first-wavers.
"Mercenaries" starts things out rockin, with a very concise stab at the role that soldiers for hire play in African wars (even way back in the 70s). I think it's the EPs best track. "Meathouse" keeps the energy going with what sounds like a hyperactive take on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. "Black and Red" slows things down for one of the best rock n' roll despair dirges since The Stooges' "Dirt". In my opinion the set closes on the weakest number, "How Ya Feelin'". But in the end, an awesome disc. And I love the fact that it's engineered by a guy called Stu The Hippy.
Thank Henry Rollins for resurrecting this long out of print e.p. and releasing it on his 2.13.61 label. Go to his website, it's cheaper there. (B. Parker "bcsparker")
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