RITES OF SPRING: Demo 1984: 10”

What an artifact! I’m not sure if this record is necessary listening, unless you’ve listened to the ROS LP constantly for years. But if you have, then it’s absolutely necessary. These takes aren’t half of what they would eventually be, but hearing demo versions of what became classic songs can be very humanizing. Guy’s voice is raggedy and a little snotty, the guitar sound is pretty terrible at parts, but it’s still these timeless songs I’ve obsessed over for years. My only complaint is that now when I listen to the LP version of “All There Is” I can’t help but hear the ear-piercing squeal from the demo version. But it’s worth it.

 –Daryl Gussin (Dischord)