Jason Underground – Under an Extra Tent

Jason Underground
Under an Extra Tent
1989 The Furnace Room
East Canton, Ohio, USA

Jason Underground – Guitar, vocals, harmonica, cover art

All songs written by Jason Underground except “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Gutherie, and “Earth Psalms” by Jerod Burger and Jason Underground

Side 1:

  1. Love Rag
  2. Earth Psalm
  3. Four Movements
  4. Me Combate
  5. This Land is Your Land
  6. Under an Extra Tent

Side 2:

  1. 6 O’clock News
  2. The Prophet
  3. Talkin’ Freedom
  4. Sweet Girl
  5. I Can’t Find No Place

Jason Underground (real name: Jason Vaugn) was somewhat well known due to some of his songs appearing on various compilations in the 1990s. He is basically a one man acoustic protest folk show that produced a number of tapes. Some of the songs on this demo were recorded live at Cornerstone, and others were recorded at a home studio. The title “song” (“Under an Extra Tent”) is actually just some chatter and not a song. Some people don’t think Jason can sing – and I guess he really can’t at many points. But it is still an interesting listen that some would find engaging. He can definitely write some interesting lyrics. I can’t find any evidence that he released any more demos until 1994 (Songs of Praise and Protest and later Live at TOM 9-4-95) – but there may be more out there that are just hard to find.

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Fourth Estate – Edge of the Shadow

Fourth Estate
Edge of the Shadow
1989 (no label)
Loveland, Colorado, USA

Dave Beegle – Guitar
Fred Babich – Bass
Jim Iltis – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Joy
  2. Kentucky Burgoo
  3. Someday
  4. Dance of the Spider Monkey
  5. Locomotive Breath
  6. Pipedream
  7. Highlander
  8. Mason Street Shuffle
  9. Remnant

Side 2:

  1. War of the Worlds
  2. Hoedown
  3. Reflections

Another excellent demo by Fourth Estate, a worthy follow-up to their 1988 self-titled demo. This is instrumental metal/rock for those that hate repetitive guitarist-dominated shred metal. The band crafts excellent songs that allows all instruments to shine, all while crafting enjoyable songs on top of that. Interesting thing about this demo is that some sources list it as having 10 songs. The j-card shows ten songs on Side 1 and two songs on Side 2 (with the last one handwritten in there as you can see above). The actual tape has nine songs on Side 1 and three songs on Side 2. “Reflections” from their self-titled first demo is also on this demo, but I am not sure if it is the same recording or a newer one. Half of the songs here (“Joy,” “Pipedream,” “Highlander,” “Mason Street Shuffle,” “Remnant,” and “Reflections”) all went on to appear on Finesse and Fury in 1994. The other half appears to have been released on the Dustbuster Demos collection. This demo was followed up by a third shorter demo (In Phase) in 1991.

Crystavox – Wear It Out

Crystavox
Wear It Out
1989 (no label)

  1. Tough Boys
  2. Through the Storm
  3. You are the One
  4. In Your Arms

This one is a bit difficult to find info on, as the title of the demo is also the name of a song on their debut CD. This is one I got in a trade, so I don’t know much more than what little I can find online. Some sources list this as a 1989 demo, others only list a 1987 demo. I’m posting it here in the hopes someone can give some more concrete info about it 🙂 Three Two of these songs were released on their 20 Year Mix Bonus Disc, and I think the mp3s I got of those songs were taken from that disc. I missed that version of the disc, but hopefully they will put those tracks on upcoming reissues. The songs on this demo are the same driving metal that they recorded on their label albums. The vocals still sounds like Adam Lee Kemp, but I’m not sure if the other members are the same.

Missing Info: Cover scans, who played on this demo, pretty much all info.

Christian Image – Jerusalem Attack

Christian Image
Jerusalem Attack
1989 (no label)
Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands

Lillian V – Vocals
Dorothe V – Metalized Violin
Laszlo H – Guitars

Side 1:

  1. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus
  2. Nightriders
  3. Lightriders
  4. God Loves Siouxie
  5. Jesus is the Way
  6. You’re Made out of Glass
  7. Jerusalem Attack
  8. Lord, Why?

Side 2 (“Live in Utrecht”):

  1. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus (live)
  2. You’re Made Out of Glass (live)
  3. Nightriders (live)
  4. Imagine Heaven and Hell (live)
  5. Power in the His Name (live)
  6. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus (live)
  7. Stand Before Your King (live)
  8. Encore (live)

Christian Image was fairly well known as an industrial / gothic band in the Christian tape underground. Key Records still sells a later demo from 1990 called We Cast out the Devil. I’m not sure if they are industrial on purpose, or sound industrial because they use a drum machine. The guitars sound like an industrial band, so I would go with that. And yes, you did read that correct above: metalized violin. It is played kind of like an instrument or lead guitar throughout the album, giving the band an original sound. Key Records refers to their style as “Harsh Dutch Gothic Rock” and that is pretty accurate. They also have another demo from the same year called Imagine Heaven Imagine Hell Which One Do You Choose? The second side of this tape was just labeled “Live from Utrecht”, but I have labeled the live songs as best I can (tracks 5 and 7 were a wild guesses). A review of We Cast Out the Devil from The Cutting Edge magazine also describes them well:

“Psychedelic, modern dance gloom rock in the vein of Joy division, Bauhaus, Laurie Anderson and England’s Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus. Swirls of moody, thick synths, balanced by controlled guitar, all under-girded by metalized violin. The vocals, adequate and eerie, kinda echo over the music, creating a listening experience not unlike the best of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar excursions or the musical ideas that slash out from Captain Beefheart’s best work on “Trout Mask,” “Decals,” and “Doc at the Radar Station.” Also close to the sound from “Monstor” by No Laughing Matter. Some tip of the hat to industrial doodling can be found here. Lyrically evangelistic. A sonic blast taking you to the fringes of Christian experimentation.”

You can also find some lyrics and reviews in (I am assuming) Dutch here: http://www.christianworldwideweb.com/mp3/christian_image.html

Missing Information: Names of songs on Live sing, last names of band members.

Ted Worthless – Voice of Anger

Ted Worthless
Voice of Anger
1989 Worthless Records
Mesa, Arizona, USA

Ted Worthless – Vocals, most (if not all) instruments

Side 1:

  1. 100 Mile House
  2. Tense Party 3
  3. I Don’t Want to be Rich
  4. Serpents and Bones
  5. Father God – Mother Nature

Side 2:

  1. Last Night the Christ Came
  2. Home Sweet Home
  3. 7 Seals
  4. Every Single Morning
  5. Beggerman…

This release is numbered “No. 5” – Ted’s 5th solo demo. This continues the same musical style of his last one I transferred. It is dark, moody, gothic, and more ambient than rocking at times. I’m not even sure if I can make out any of the vocals – they are low and in the background. The music is very experimental – even the track transitions are different. Some just end mid song, others sound chopped up DIY style, and so on. This is what the tape underground sounded like in the 80s. Some people were putting together demos that were cleaned up as well as they could (in an attempt to get signed), and others were experimenting and going for certain vibes. No details on the j-card of who did what, but most or all of it is assumed to be Ted Worthless.

Missing Information: Who played what on this.

Childhood – Three Geeks and a Hippie!

Childhood
Three Geeks and a Hippie!
1989 (no label)
Fullerton, California, USA

Alex Rosas – Vocals
Jeremy Carlson – Guitar
Jacob Garza – Bass
Daren Leonard – Guitar/Drums
Darrell Leach – Drums

  1. Non-Conformist
  2. Man
  3. Dark Ages
  4. Nerdball/Dead Words
  5. Now I Live in Peace

Childhood was an Orange County Christian punk band that recorded this demo at Casbah Studios in Fullerton, California in 1989. In 1990 the band changed its name to Blah and released several demos. After a few years they signed to Rescue Records for their 1996 debut album and then to Bulletproof for their second album in 1998. This demo is pretty straight forward fast and frantic punk rock. No pop, no ska, no metal. If it has any leanings, I would say it nods towards skate punk a bit.

There was also a demo in 1990 that had three of the five songs above and the same players. Not sure that Darrell was on either recording, even though he is one that uploaded the songs.

Knightriot – Speak No Evil

Knightriot
Speak No Evil
1989 Independent
Burbank, California, USA

  1. Rock Hard
  2. Holy Avenger
  3. Kiss the Black
  4. Wasted Youth

Danny James – Bass, vocals
Christopher Blake – Guitar, background vocals
Jeffrey Michael James – Lead vocals
Jeremy Crowther – Drums, background vocals

Knightriot is an underground Heavy Metal band you have possibly heard of if you track anything in the underground. Their demos are generally a cut above the average in quality, musicianship, and songwriting. Because of this, they had some demos distributed nationally and were featured on at least one Underground meta compilation. At one time, the old M8 label was going to release a demo compilation for them. You can find mp3’s of these all over the place. Danny James seems to be the main songwriter and leader of the band. Their sound kind of rides the line between the popular heavy metal of the late 80s and traditional/power heavy metal of the same time period (with the occasional leaning towards thrash, especially on the 8 minute long songs). One online bio also describes how they were a big deal in the old Sunset Strip metal scene. They followed this demo up with two more – Beware the Knight in 1990 and Killing Time in 1992.