Out From Under – Demos from 1992-1993

Out from Under
Demos from 1992-1993
Santa Ana, California, USA

While looking through videos on YouTube with Blah demos in them, I found that the drummer for Blah had also been in a band called Out From Under and he had also added videos for their songs as well. Again, these are “all songs in one video” kind of posts, but still a great source of rare music. They have two actual demos that I know of (Face to Face from 1993, and Romans 8:1, 2 from 1994), but these seem to be earlier versions of those. The first collection is an assortment of songs recorded at different times – the ones from 1993 match their 1993 demo, but in a different order, while the second set has some songs from their 1994 demo. Much earlier versions I guess? Or maybe the 1994 demo is a collection of older unreleased tunes?

Jeff Turner – Lead Vocals
Mike (Crash) McChesney – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Rick (Huh) LeBlanc – Rhythm Guitar/Backup Vocals
Darrell (Lemme) Leach – Drums/Backup Vocals
Frank (The Cat) Felix – Bass Guitar/Backup Vocals
Tony – Bass Guitar

Songs (Recorded at South Coast Recording Studios, Santa Ana, California, circa 1993):

  1. Under The Law – Studio (Unmixed)
  2. Eyes Up – Studio (Unmixed)
  3. Deceiver – Studio (Unmixed)
  4. You Need Jesus – Studio (Unmixed)
  5. Rider – Studio (Unmixed)
  6. Face To Face – Studio (Instrumental/Unmixed)

Songs (Recorded at ARTI Studio, Anaheim, California, circa 1992):

  1. Everyone Needs a Prayer – Mixed Demo
  2. Lies – Mixed Demo
  3. Same Old Games – Mixed Demo
  4. Heavenly Thoughts – Mixed Demo

“Under the Law” is an Apologetix-like spoof of “Breakin’ the Law” by Judas Priest. The rest is faster alternative rock with vocals that remind me of Dig Hay Zoose. The description says “punk rock,” but not really except for the occasional break down.

Mike (Crash) McChesney – Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals
Rick (Huh) LeBlanc – Rhythm Guitar/Backup Vocals
Darrell (Lemme) Leach – Drums/Backup Vocals
Frank (The Cat) Felix – Bass Guitar/Backup Vocals

  1. Cries of Pain (Instrumental) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  2. Cries of Pain (Unmixed w/Vocals) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim California 1992
  3. Same Old Games (Unmixed) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  4. Get Away (Instrumental/Unmixed) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  5. Lies (Instrumental/Unmixed) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  6. Heavenly Thoughts (Instrumental/Unmixed) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  7. Until The End (Unmixed) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  8. Believer (Unmixed) – recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  9. Died for You (Unmixed) – Recorded at ARTI Studios, Anaheim, California 1992
  10. Jesus is the Rock (Live) – Live at the Set Free, circa 1992
  11. Rider (Live) – Live at the Set Free, circa 1992

Next up is a collection of unmixed demos from 1992. These songs mostly cover the 1994 demo, with a couple of live songs at the end. This is in the same vein as the demos above – faster alternative rock that borders on heavy metal at times. A different vocalist is listed on these songs, and he sounds less like Dig Hay Zoose on this demo. At some point I will have to pull out the official demos and see how the songs compare – but there are at least a few different versions, unmixed demos, and live cuts in these sets.

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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.

Blah – Demos from 1990-1996

Blah
Demos from 1990-1996
Fullerton, California, USA

Sometimes when looking for stuff on YouTube you come across a goldmine. Such is the case when I found all kinds of demos from 1990’s punk band Blah. They started off as Childhood, releasing a demo called Three Geeks and a Hippie before changing their name to Blah. It seems that the drummer Darrell who posted these was also in an alternative band called Out From Under at the same time. Those two will need their own post. For now, I wanted to cover the Blah demos, as these are good DIY 90s punk. These were all uploaded as one file per demo, some with track lists and some without. I took my best guess on the ones without:

Demo 1990

“BLAH/Born Lost and Hopeless’s first demo since transition from Childhood. Recorded at Casbah Studios, Fullerton, CA.”

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

  1. Now I Know the Lord(?)
  2. Blacklist(?)
  3. So Many Idols
  4. Be Careful

Instrumental (unmixed) demo 1995

“Demo tracks recorded in Orange County, California, 1995.”

Alex Rosas – Vocals
Jacob Garza – Bass
Darrell Leach – Drums
Antonio (Tony) Flores – Guitar

  1. Busted (instrumental version unmixed)
  2. Gangster Punk (instrumental version unmixed)
  3. Chaka (instrumental version unmixed)
  4. Clownmaster (instrumental version unmixed)
  5. Throw in the Towel (It’s Not So Funny) (instrumental version unmixed)
  6. Right Through Your Brain (Nathan Winters) (instrumental version unmixed)
  7. The Program (instrumental version unmixed)
  8. “8” (Mouse Music)

Demo 1995

“Recorded in Orange County, CA 1995. Final released demo before signing to Rescue Records.”

Alex Rosas – Vocals
Jacob Garza – Bass
Darrell Leach – Drums
Antonio (Tony) Flores – Guitar

  1. Busted
  2. Gangster Punk
  3. Clownmaster
  4. The Program
  5. Spraypaint My Name
  6. Right Through Your Brain (Nathan Winters)
  7. Throw in the Towel (It’s Not So Funny)

Nerdball

“Recorded at a 1996 practice with Alex, Jeremy, Jacob, Daren and Darrell. Original Childhood Single”

1996 Rehearsal

“Final practice before Cornerstone Festival 1996. Includes never-recorded songs”

Alex Rosas – Vocals
Daren Leonard – Guitar
Jeremy Carlson – Guitar
Jacob Garza – Bass
Darrell Leach – Drums
(Childhood Re-united)

  1. I’m Not Working for You Anymore(?)
  2. I’ll See You Once Again(?)
  3. (?)
  4. Stop Shooting Up
  5. (?)
  6. (?)

After these demos, they signed to Rescue Records for their 1996 debut album and then to Bulletproof for their second album in 1998.

Missing Information: Song titles