Poison Idea – Darby Crash Rides Again – The Early Years
I only got into punk and hardcore within the last 8 years or so, which means I missed out on a lot of the classics. However, I do get to discover these “new” bands all the time and it’s refreshing to find out about some of the highly influential groups that have existed over the years.
Poison Idea is one of those bands and until now, I had never listened to them. Our friends over there at Southern Lord, one of the best labels in extreme music these days, recently announced that they will be re-releasing several seminal titles from Poison Idea’s catalog throughout 2012.
January 31st brings us the first of the series, “Darby Crash Rides Again – The Early Years.” The album consist of 29 tracks, including the previously unreleased “Boner’s Kitchen” demo, the complete “Darby Crash Rides Again” demo, the complete uncut live-on-the-air set from the 1983 KBOO radio benefit, and outtakes from the “Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes” recording session.
Much of this material has either been out-of-print or never before officially released! All the recordings have been meticulously restored and mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Mastering. The booklet contains liner notes, old flyers and previously unpublished photos from the band’s beginnings.
As I said, this was my first listen and initially I was a little deterred by the poor quality, but these tracks are taken from 30 year old demos, so I quickly got over that and was really impressed. The music isn’t technically proficient, but they have a defined sound that meshes punk and early hardcore, it’s easy to see why these guys have been influential. I’m really looking forward to hearing all of these re-issues over the year.