Godfear – Know God

Know God
1994 (independent)
Arlington, Texas, USA

Beanerboy Psycho Sean – Vocals
Mark Bond – Guitars
Mike Swint – Bass
Brad Rowe – Drums

Side 1:

  1. god?
  2. Broken
  3. Breath of Life
  4. To Die is Gain

Side 2:

  1. Fear of God
  2. Brother Deceived
  3. This Cage
  4. Obedience Unto Death

This was one of my top wanted demos for years. I did finally get some mp3s recently, but now I get to convert the actual tape 🙂 Godfear started off as a heavy progressive metal band called Transcendence that released one demo. They changed names and styles before putting out this demo. After this demo, they released two full length groove/thrash metal CDs (with Pantera being an influence). Even those that are not groove/thrash metal fans feel they did a good job on those CDs. This tape is really a transition between progressive metal and groove metal. It has the guitar solos and some song structures of progressive metal, but adds in some killer grooves and gruff/shouted groove metal vocals (with some clean vocals here and there). This is about as professional as demos get – great cover art, detailed and complete liner notes, and almost a full-length number of songs to really give you a full sense of the band’s sound. There is a bit of extra loud tape noise on here, but that is about the only negative. Killer grooves and intensity abounds. I don’t think any of these songs made it onto their full-length CD The Empty… which I used to have, but have sadly lost. Time to hit eBay!


Ghoti Hook – No Date

Ghoti Hook
No Date
1994 (no label)
Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Jamie Tolosa – Guitar, BGV
Adam Neubauer – Drums
Joel Bell – Vocals, songwriter
Conrad Tolosa – Guitar, songwriter
Christian Ergueta – Bass, backing vocals

All songs by Ghoti Hook

  1. Ooklah The Punk
  2. Pride
  3. Be Good
  4. Spice Drops

Ghoti Hook is a pop punk band that went on the fame and fortune 🙂 with Tooth & Nail Records. I kind of got tired of pop punk pretty fast (always liked older punk, skate punk, even power pop and new wave better). However, I always found Ghoti Hook a bit less poppy / generic and more enjoyable. This is the earliest of their two demos, but I just recently heard it due to a trade. Turns out you can easily find it online as well. Half of the songs (“Pride” and “Be Good”) seem more alternative than punk – I guess they were still finding their sound. You can find info on discogs about this release. “Ooklah the Punk” and “Spice Drops” went on to be on their major label debut Sumo Surprise.

Flower Mouth – Love Letters for the Blind

Flower Mouth
Love Letters for the Blind
1993 Ton Def Records
Portland, Oregon, USA

Damien Jurado – Voice, guitar
Dana Jill – Girl voice
Andy – 4 & 6 string guitars, drum programming
Jim – 12 string guitars
Karen Allen – Keyboards

All songs by Damien Jurado
Cover by Jesse Sprinkle and Space Cowboy

  1. Love
  2. Billy
  3. She’s so in Love
  4. Sad Boy – Happy Girl
  5. Belief

Early album by a band led by Damien Jurado that would also release at least one more tape (1995’s Sticky Sick). I was never a huge fan of Damien Jurado, but never really hated his music either. His off-key vocals are not for everyone, but they have found an audience with many people. See the last song on this demo (“Belief”) for an example of how they work the best. This early demo showcases where he started to develop his sound – a bit more standard 90s alternative here than his later work, but with several distinct Damien Jurado-esque flourishes that would become his staple on later projects. You can listen online or purchase a copy for a dollar or more: