Image – In the Middle of Nowhere

In the Middle of Nowhere
198? (no label)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Kevin Valliquette – Lead vocals, guitars
Jeff Bright – Lead Guitars, vocals
Steve Kenney – Bass, vocals
Billy Kirkland – Drums, vocals

  1. He’s the One
  2. I Stood Alone
  3. Lost
  4. Endless Love

Can you say hair metal? This demo jumps out of the gate with a strong dose of late 80s hair metal, mixed with a bit of 60s-inspired pop metal like Enuff Z’Nuff and a dash of over-the-top glam metal like Pretty Boy Floyd. They really understood how to write catchy hooks – especially on the opening track and “Lost” (my favorite of the batch). “Lost” was actually on the Underground Metal II compilation, so you might have heard it before. They even have the required glam metal power ballad (“I Stood Alone”). This demo doesn’t have a date on it, but Underground Metal II was 1989, so it is so later than that. They also had another demo called Heads or Tails in 1989 (with a different vocalist and lead guitarist it seems).

Missing Information: What year was this released?


Mark Krischak – Tape Nos 21, 22, 30

Mark Krischak
Tape Nos 21, 22, 30
19?? Heath Dog Violet Records
Nagoya, Japan

Side 1:

Red Christmas – Live (tape #21)

  1. Heal the Girl
  2. My Rhapsody
  3. Close to Me
  4. Back in the Fight
  5. They’ll Never Know
  6. Thief in the Night
  7. Good Boy
  8. Everlasting Love

Red Christmas – Practice Volume 1 (tape #22)

  1. 10,00 Bands
  2. My Rhapsody
  3. Thief in the Night
  4. Special
  5. Forgive and Forget
  6. Tomorrow
  7. New Kid
  8. Dance With Me (cut in the middle)

Side 2:

  1. Dance With Me (second half)
  2. Christmas is Over
  3. It’s for You
  4. Simply
  5. Not Before
  6. When I’m With You
  7. Alien
  8. Back in the Fight
  9. They’ll Never Know

The Coolers – 14 Song Demo

  1. 7-11
  2. Can You Feel It Coming Down on You?
  3. Simply
  4. Susie Blue
  5. Dance With Me
  6. Cry Myself to Sleep
  7. Drink
  8. Tamecula
  9. 10,000 Bands
  10. Dead (beginning only)

Mark Krischak is most well-known as the leader of The Lifesavors before Michael Knott took over. However, he had a large number of other bands before and after The Lifesavors. He had well over 120 tapes of the various bands, from formal demos to bootleg live recordings to jam box recordings of practice sessions. He would list these 120+ for sale in large magazine ads. The process apparently was that people would order a few of the tapes by number, and then he would fit as many of those on to one long blank cassette (or more if needed) and send them to you often with minimal packaging. This was one such tape, where someone had ordered #21 (Red Christmas – Live), #22 (Red Christmas – Practice Volume 1), and #30 (The Coolers – 14 Song Demo). Both Red Christmas and The Coolers were power pop bands not too far removed from The Lifesavors. The quality of the tapes were not that bad, but obviously spliced together at the source and then dubbed quickly on this tape (one song carries over from side 1 to side 2, and The Coolers is missing the last 3-4 songs). The practice demo contains a lot of improvisation, starts and stops, working out the chords and parts, and so on. Also, The Coolers songs are the exact same versions as the ones on their 10,000 Bands demo, but that one only has 12 songs. So I am not sure what the two extra songs are, since they are cut off here. Just an interesting look into the way the tape trading underground was. I wonder if anyone ever got to hear all 120+ tapes? Jeani Bond maybe? Also note that this compilation was sent after Krischak moved to japan.

Prazzer – Dominate Me

Dominate Me
198? Pekuliar Muzzik Rekords
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Mike Liffick – Vocals
Punq Hedgez – Guitars, bass, keyboards
Jason Lykins – Drums

  1. Ascension
  2. Justabitanoize
  3. Cylents
  4. No Lone Wolves
  5. Dominate Me
  6. R-U Battle Ready
  7. World of Confusion
  8. Sin is Destruction
  9. Marchinthroo
  10. He Walks Upon the Water

So based on the name, they sound like hair metal. The cover looks more like a noise band. But the pictures of the three guys shows them with choir robes on, looking like a metal band. So what are they? All of the above….? The first song in a keyboard instrumental, followed by a guitar solo song, followed by a found noise track that transitions directly into a found noise track with wolves howling. Then… a metal track? Well, it sounds more like gothic metal, but it is actually a full band rocking out with vocals. Then another found noise song, followed by another full band rocking song, but without vocals. That is followed up by a spoken word with noise background, a track that is basically a drum solo, and one final keyboard tracks. Every song is short – they whole thing clocks in at less than 19 minutes. It is difference, but the two gothic metal tracks make it worth the weird ride.

Legacy – Demo

19?? (no label)
Kentucky, USA

Steve Crosby

  1. Trusting Jesus
  2. Go and Be With My Lord
  3. Won’t Be on My Own

Even though there have been a couple of metal bands called Legacy, I have no idea who this band is. The first song briefly starts off with a dark guitar chord that makes you think it might be metal, before the keyboards kicks in and you get oldies rock and roll for three unnamed songs (I guessed at the titles above). Of course, the first song could have also been “T.R.U.S.T. in J.E.S.U.S.” because they kept spelling it out over and over again. Female and male lead vocals that trade off song to song as well. Steve Crosby is the only one listed on the tape.

Camel Society Kings – A Pile of Stones

Camel Society Kings
A Pile of Stones
19?? (no label)
Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Michael Angelino – Vocals, guitars
Anthony Lancenese – Bass, vocals
David – Guitars
Jeff – Drums

  1. Always (Under Your Hair)
  2. Another Stone
  3. The Stranger

This was a surprise – I have heard two other Camel Society Kings demo tapes, but wasn’t aware of this one. No date on this tape, but from what I can fins online this would be their third demo. They are still doing the alternative rock thing well, with some DIY influences. Kind of somewhere between Absence of Ceramics, Blue Trapeze, and Black Carnation. Well, until they hit the rockabilly influenced “The Stranger.” But overall, a short but awesome rare demo find here.

Missing Information: What year was this released? What are David and Jeff’s last names?

Mark Heard – Demo Stuff

Mark Heard
Demo Stuff
1989? (no label)

Mark Heard – Vocals, guitars, other instruments?

  1. Lonely Road
  2. House of Broken Dreams
  3. Nobody’s Looking
  4. All She Wanted Was Love
  5. Look Over Your Shoulder
  6. It Will Rise
  7. Our Restless Hearts

Kind of a mysterious release. What you see on the cover was all there was to it. No year, no track names, no list of who played on it, nothing. Listening to it, these are well-recorded demos with Mark’s excellent song writing shining through beautifully. Thankfully, Mark also has massively devoted fans – so it was easy to find the names of most of the songs on this demo since all of his lyrics are online. Most of these songs were released in 1990 on Dry Bones Dance, except for “Look Over Your Shoulder” which was released on Second Hand and “It Will Rise” – which doesn’t seem to be on any other albums that I can find. If they are demos, then they could have been recorded anytime between 1987’s Tribal Opera and 1990. I am guessing 1989 just because it seems logical. But I could be wrong. Also, it sounds like some of these songs were recorded live to tape – meaning there were other people than Heard playing at least bass and drums. The versions on this tape are similar to the ones later recorded, but there are noticeable differences, or even new instruments added on the official released versions. Still pretty cool for that one unreleased song (if it really is that and I am not missing something).

Dead to Sin – Practice

Dead to Sin
198? (no label)
California, USA?

Richard Carlstedt?

Side 1:

  1. God’s Not Dead
  2. Jesus is God
  3. I Love You
  4. Jesus Loves Me
  5. Kill the Abortion
  6. Dear Jesus Prayer

Side 2:

  1. Satan Sucks
  2. Banned
  3. King of Kings, Lord of Lords
  4. Don’t Turn Your Back on Jesus Christ

This is a bit of a mystery tape. All that I have is what you see pictured above. The sound is pretty much straight forward loud and brash street punk. I took a guess at song titles based on what was repeated most in the chorus (“Jesus Loves Me” and “King of Kings, Lord of Lords” are cover songs). I do have another demo called A Promise of Hope by a band called Dead to Sin, but that tape is barely rock. It sounds nothing like this tape. A few people have mentioned a band called Dead to Sin led by Richard Carlstedt of The Israelites. But that other demo has no one named any form of Richard Carlstedt in it. Are there two different bands? Also, the rock Dead to Sin is from Canada, but Crazed Bunnyz from California mention talking to Richard from the other Dead to Sin after a concert. My best guess is that this tape is the California punk band led by Richard Carlstedt, but I could be wrong. Either way, this tape is obviously a practice session and rough around the edges, but the band gets punk rock and puts out some good (practice-level) punk rock.

Missing Information: Song titles, release date, who played on this?