Innocence in a Sense – Trigger

Innocence in a Sense
1993 (no label)
Florida, USA

Brad Boughton – Vocals
Eric Swanson – Guitars
Dave Scharr – Bass guitar
Mike Walker – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The End of Reliance
  2. Obscurity
  3. The Yellow Brick Road

Side 2:

  1. Persistence
  2. Scream
  3. Trigger

Okay, so I decided to check out this tape based on the band title and picture. They just scream 90s alt, don’t they? First track starts off a bit mellow, but it does pick up the pace. It sounds like it could have been on one of the Light From the Underground comps. I didn’t like it at first, but it’s kind of growing on me. The second song is more aggressive and I like it better from the get go. The rest of the tape follows suit – alternating between faster songs that I like right away and slower songs that are growers. A couple of songs don’t ever grow, but that happens with demos.


Weeping Prophet – Broken (rough mix)

Weeping Prophet
Broken (rough mix)
1993 (no label)
Akron, Ohio, USA

Jym Workman – Vocals
Stewart Hilton – Guitars
Walt Wise – Bass
John Joyce – Drums

  1. Circle of Blood
  2. Revelation
  3. Laughter
  4. Slaughter of the Innocent
  5. Anorexic

So this was originally labeled as “Ruff Mix” by Weeping Prophet. I was hoping that it was the On the Verge of Tears demo that I have never heard [update: now I have]. But it turns out this is a rough mix of the Broken demo. Which is still a cool demo, but you can find mp3s of it online if you dig. Also, the final demo was also rough, so I am not sure what they cleaned up. Weeping Prophet is progressive thrash band that got some attention through various ads in Heaven’s Metal magazine back in the day. All the info above comes from various online websites that have posted scans of the full cassette release. All this cassette had was a phone number on the tape, and then a business card for Jym Workman from his company of “Witness Wear” clothing.

The Exit – Demo

The Exit
1993 (no label)

  1. Fallen
  2. Hold Me Now
  3. Away

Slow, dark, moody rock with some slight alternative leanings. Well, it stays slow for the first song and a half, picks up for the second half of the second song, and them slows down again for the last song. There are both male and female lead and background vocals. No other information on this other than what is on the tape. I quite like the second song on the album (after it speeds up a bit) – I could see it on some of the mid-90s underground comps back in the day.

Missing Information: Who played on this?

Sorrow of Seven – Teal

Sorrow of Seven
1993 (no label) (So7K002)
Dumfries, Virginia, USA

Laurel Snapper – Vocals
Kevin 131 – Instruments

Side 1:

  1. I Could Murder

Side 2:

  1. Some Things Never Go Away

For those that don’t know, Sorrow of Seven changed names to Alexia and released two killer industrial metal albums on various labels – Honeylake in 1996 and Disfigured in 1999. They had spent several years before the name change in the underground, placing songs on various compilations and releasing several demos. Both songs on this demo ended up on Honeylake. Here they are more electronic and less guitar aggressive as they are on the album. But still really good. Also note that the cover is actually not Teal… except for a few letters on the spine.

Spike – Three for All

Three for All
1993 Corpqii Productions (CPCS-26)
Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Terry McCabe and many others

Side 1:

  1. Neverending
  2. Why Isn’t Love Made to be Easy?
  3. Seeking Shelter [alternate version]
  4. Silent Struggler

Side 2:

  1. Newage
  2. Norman (Tribute to Larry Norman)
  3. Storm Warning (live at Land’s End 1981)
  4. Just Fallin’ (with Wonderchild in 1977)
  5. Dance

Spike is Terry McCabe, and this tape is a collection of songs from various sources. Side 1 is acoustic songs that would most likely fall into the Jesus Rock category – some folk, some medieval, some country rock, etc. But all acoustic based. “Silent Struggler” does have some trippy keyboards in the background. Side 2 starts off with a new wave song about New Age religion featuring help from Marc Plainguet and Chris Yambar. Then it is back to a couple of folk tunes, then a classic hard rock song, and finally a song called “Dance” that is… not dance music (another acoustic tune). “Seeking Shelter” and “Newage” are also on his 1991 demo Asphalt Invasion.

Sunday Blue – Deepest Shade

Sunday Blue
Deepest Shade
1993 (no label)
Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA

Drue Bachman – Bass, vocals
Danna Bachman – Guitars, vocals
Scott Bachman – Keys, melodica, vocals
Kevin Heuer – Drums, percussion

Side 1:

  1. Life Goes On
  2. The Sun Comes Up
  3. Dark Man
  4. 1969
  5. The Heavens are Crying

Side 2:

  1. Closer
  2. Sunday Blue
  3. Cover Me
  4. Never Mind
  5. Time Heals

Sunday Blue was an underground alternative rock band that had their indie release after this one (Breathe) picked up by Gray Dot Records for national distribution. None of the songs from this demo made it on to that release. Drue went on to front My Friend Stephanie, as well as play in The Throes. I can’t remember if Danna was married to one of the Bachman brothers, or was their sister. But they do trade off vocals between the three of them here. The sound here is within the realms of 90s alt rock/college rock – with influences from jangly southern alt-rock to even a hint of gothic here and there. I still prefer the follow-up more (and even bought it from mail order back in the day before it was picked up by Gray Dot), but this is still a solid debut demo.

Paisley Suitcase – That Ain’t The Way It Was Meant To Be

Paisley Suitcase
That Ain’t The Way It Was Meant To Be
1993 (no label)
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Jon Anderson – Guitars, vocals
Mark Reuss – Bass, vocals
Nate Torhjelm – Piano, vocals
Kevin Weibe – Drums

Side 1:

  1. A Moments Mild
  2. Aunt Genoe
  3. Blindfolded

Side 2:

  1. Gypsy Moon
  2. Unknown Refrain
  3. Spectacle

So this is kind of a quirky alternative rock demo that will let things like piano and acoustic guitar drive the songs as well as electric guitar and bass. Kind of like a lighter version of Blind Melon without “No Rain.” If you kind of remember the “other” Seattle sound that various non-grunge bands from the Pacific Northwest and BC Canada were doing in the early 90s, then you have a picture of what this demo sounds like. I kind of like it for the quirkiness of the music, but I remember some people wanted bands like this to either grunge out or go full college rock back in the day.