My Life in Rain had always struck me as the runt of the litter of the D.C. scene. Ultimately, this crew never quite meshed with any of the sub rosa contingents of their day, be it punk, hardcore, or again, emo. A trio of albums were released during their mid-90s lifespan, but according to this handy discography, the single in question (produced by ex-Gray Matter/Senator Flux figurehead Geoff Turner) was their debut offering. The three-cut ...Ballistic Helmet is a sturdy slice of hard-strummed, no frills indie-rawk, just not particularly revelatory.
V/A - Vancouver Independence 1980 - A short trip across the Atlantic to Canada with stop in Vancouver. There pressed the label Friends Records this nice compilation with eight bands, who had...
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