This demo from 1985 might lose a few people, but for folks like me who were reared on new wave and then came to punk, THE HIVE is perfect. Comparisons to THE MISSION or early SISTERS are appropriate, and the keyboards (ever present and high in the mix) are borrowed straight from Head On The Door era CURE. The bouncy start of "Easy Come, Easy Go" sounded incredibly familiar when I first listened, and I thought it might be a TIMELORDS cover tune (it isn't), and there's a keyboard lead in "Omega" that takes me right back to midwestern dance clubs in the 80s (how fast am I losing punk points here?). Five songs here, in just over 20 minutes...all well crafted numbers, and I like this demo a lot (though not nearly as much as I would have had it passed through my life in 1985). I'm sure that THE HIVE had ambitions far loftier than a 24 year old cassette tape and a daily audio blog based half a world from their home of Leeds, but sometimes that's all you get.
TERMINAL ESCAPE is a home for cassettes. Terminal Escape is here to share music that was released on, or copied onto, cassette. You are encouraged to acquire physical copies of the tapes you enjoy, as this blog is meant to support those artists and labels, not circumvent them. If you have a legitimate claim to any of the music I've shared and would like it removed, I'm happy to do so....but someone is probably already streaming it on YouTube anyway so you shouldn't be so uptight.
DEAD LINKS are common. Digital media are temporary. I will re-post tapes from Terminal Escape's infancy from time to time (primarily when requested), but I will not chase dead links.
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