SONS OF ISHMAEL: Hayseed Hardcore: LP

Jul 06, 2010

I have to admit, this is the first time I have actually listened to this band. I’m sure I heard them, but I probably was not paying attention. My brother has a copy of the first press in his collection that he had gotten early on when we were growing up. But my tastes were leaning more into crossover and thrash metal at the time (1985) while my brother was listening to bands that were fast and faster. Funny how things that were not palatable to me in the past can become favorable over time. This now sounds fantastic to me, like a recently unearthed, long-lost toy that was a favorite. Kind of reminds me of the Neos meets thefirst DRI record. Straight ahead fast hardcore that is not overindulgent. Definitely has the sound of the time period that is hard to replicate. Included are the songs off the original 7” with some bonus comp tracks. Not knowing any history of this band, it was quite a miracle that a band from a small town with no punks could come out with something with this much ferocity. Meaford, Ontario, Canada at the time had, or still has, a population of 4,200. I’m sure they were the freaks about town. Great to see that another obscurity is now available again without having to purge your bank account on Ebay. I’m still waiting for the day someone re-releases the TO Hardcore `83 tape.

 –don (Schizophrenic)