Terminal Escape turns five years old today. Thanks to the people who stop by from time to time, thanks to the people who comment, and thanks to the people who mention in person that they found something cool here. The 1,700 mark is just around the corner....that's a lot of fukkn tapes.
STEVE B. GRENADE
I've been sitting on this one for years, waiting for whatever struck me as the right time. Well, Happy Birthday to me and here's the tape that gave this blog its name. Terminal Escape is lo-fi bedroom 4-track anarcho nonsense, but it strikes a chord somewhere deep inside. It was 1982, and obviously this dude had already figured out that he didn't need anything other than a tape recorder to make his magic, and I thank him for it thirty years later.
Keeping on the nostalgia trip, here's the first tape I posted here on 09 June 2009. I re-ripped it and scanned the full cover, so even if you already have this bad boy lurking around somewhere, it's worth updating (I'm a little better at this shit than I was then). Of all of the random and un(der)known UK stuff I've shared here, this one is still one of my favorites. Only thing I'll change about the original write up is that "Anarchy On Sat. Night" doesn't really sound all that bad...I guess my standards were higher then?
One of many bands that I can find virtually zero information about. The KFTH site (here) has no bio, and I can't say with any certainty even which of the four listed demos i am listening to. What I can say, is that these three tracks are fucking ruling, lo-fi UK punk. Sneering vocals, and drums pegged way into the red...it's endlessly amazing to me that bands made demos sound so fucking good with no money and no experience, punks have been trying to recreate the sound of the early 80s tapes for 25+ years, always always unsuccessfully. Apparently, the band changed the songs on the demo after they made the covers...but whatever the reason, there is only one song that is printed on the cover that made it onto my copy, and that track, "Anarchy On Sat. Night" is recorded so poorly that on this 25 year old cassette, it is not listenable. More demos to follow....