Jason Sacks / The Disciples – No Options Here

Jason Sacks / The Disciples
No Options Here
1992 (no label)
Los Angeles, California, USA

Jason Sacks – Vocals, guitars, synth, spaz
Josh Caid – Lead guitars, sax, bass
Andy Taranto – Guitar, bass
Michael Kirkpatrick – Fretless bass
Ken Hawes – Piano
Mike Dietz – Drums, percussion

Side 1:

  1. No Surfin’ in Hell
  2. I’m an Alien
  3. 29 Seconds of Weirdness
  4. Hard Tough Choice

Side 2:

  1. Roaches
  2. Another Reggae Song
  3. Stupid Sheep

I can’t quite tell from the cover, but I don’t think it is meant to be ”& The Disciples.” It might be that Jason Sacks was known locally as a solo artist, but wanted to name the band The Disciples? Anyways, this is kind of funky hard rock / alternative rock that reminds you of Dig Hay Zoose, Sage, Hot Pink Turtle, Don’t Know etc. Some reviews compared them to Mr. Buggle, which is kind of also a good place to start. The vocals jump back and forth between sung parts and spoken word/almost rapped parts – kind of like “Den of Thieves” by Sage, or if the “movie” parts from Surfin’ M.O.D. got mashed together with the music. Plenty of humor mixed in with the serious parts as well. There is a slight surf feeling to many songs, as well as a noticeable punk influence. Apparently “No Surfin’ in Hell” and “Roaches” were played on some radio stations back in the day.

Raymond Scott Woolson – Build Your Ark Underneath Me

Raymond Scott Woolson
Build Your Ark Underneath Me
19?? (no label)
Lockport, New York, USA

Raymond Scott Woolson – Vocals, instruments?

Side 1:

  1. Kings on Earth
  2. Dedicated To
  3. Come Outside

Side 2:

  1. Scattered on a Day of Clouds
  2. Damascus Way

The guy’s name and the front cover make this look like a hippie folk album. But then the guitars kick in and it sounds… alternative/indie rock? I can’t find anything else about this album online, but the guy that made it has released a tons of albums. He talks about going from shoegaze to ambient to dream pop, so that starts to help this make sense. No idea on the date, but this is reminds me of 90s Tooth & Nail Indie Rock bands like Luxury and Joe Christmas mixed with Dream Pop if they were DIY style like Blind Teeth Victory Band. The drums sound like they may be programmed drums, so I am guessing this is a one man band. But I could be wrong.

Missing Information: What year was this released? Did anyone else play on it?

Process – Impressions

1995 (no label)
Margate, Florida, USA

Cory Mauro – Vocals, bass guitar
Tom Saboia – Guitars
Christian Nacer – Keyboards
Scott Tryon – Percussion

Side 1:

  1. Impressions
  2. World in Motion
  3. Truth in Lies
  4. Light
  5. Hammer

Side 2:

  1. Archetypes
  2. Boundless Void

This one starts off as kind of a mellow alternative rock, but soon moves into progressive rock territory. I’d say it is kind of exploring more American progressive rock than Canadian progressive rock, but there are some noticeable Rush influences in the music as well. The vocalist obviously has a lower register than Geddy Lee and therefore this will never been seen as a Rush clone, but there are other noticeable influences from them. But like I said, it seems to lean on many American prog bands. The sound isn’t incredibly heavy, but the guitarist is a very skilled shredder. Well, I would actually say all of the musicians are very skilled. The track order on the j-card seems to be off – I put the correct song order above.

Pentecost – Deep Knead

Deep Knead
1995 (no label)
Alabaster, Alabama, USA

Nathan O’ Neal – Vocals
Warren Martin – Guitars
Rick Glaze – Bass
Tim Martin – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Just Jesus
  2. Jesus in E
  3. Old Man Rotter
  4. Bar-B-Q the Goat
  5. Suckcess
  6. Cat-of-9-Tails

Side 2:

  1. Page 130
  2. New Perspective
  3. God of the Little Rooms
  4. Coming Home
  5. Deny Yourself
  6. Just Jesus (reprise)

So the first track starts off a little weird for those that are not from a Pentecostal church background, but pretty soon the music kicks in. The sound here is basically early grunge in sound, but you hear nods to everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Collective Soul to even funk metal like Scapegoat and Sage. Some of the songs are pretty straight ahead early grunge, but other songs like “Jesus in E’ sound like Sage’s “Den of Thieves” mixed with the Prayer Chain’s Whirlpool ep. I’m kind of surprised that this band didn’t go any further than they did. Or maybe they changed names to something else? You never know with many of these tapes. At times, some of the mixtures of sounds here remind me of what Four Living Creatures did at times (with some non-Western time signatures and melodies).

Headnoise – Demo

1997 (no label)
Orange County, California, USA

Edie Goodwin – Vocals
Sid Duffour – Guitar, backing vocals
Tom Wright – Guitars, backing vocals
Robert Goodwin – Bass, backing vocals
Todd Snow – Drums

  1. Breaking the Bubblegum Image
  2. The Solution
  3. Straight Dope
  4. SCRAPE!
  5. The Sky Is Falling

As far as I can tell, this is the debut demo from Headnoise. Headnoise became known for their brand of female-fronted punk rock when they recorded for labels like Sofa Records and Grrrr Records. The first song here doesn’t really sound like punk rock at first, but the punk soon kicks in and it is all punk after that. All of the songs on here were re-recorded for their 1998 Sofa Records self-titled debut album. The sound here is more of an old school 80s punk rock sound, but the band has been known to go into hardcore punk territory as well.

Tempus Fugit – King of the Realm

Tempus Fugit
King of the Realm
1986? (no label)
Enfield, Connecticut, USA

  1. King of the Realm
  2. Tempus Fugit
  3. You
  4. Look at the People
  5. Keep the Fire Burning
  6. Escape
  7. Breakout
  8. Journey to Fantasy

This is a second demo by Tempus Fugit. I’m not sure if it is before or after Second Coming. My guess is that it is earlier demo, probably from 1986 (or earlier) as the title song “King of the Realm” appears on the Iron Tyrants Waging War compilation from 1986. As you can see, several songs from Second Coming appear here, although these are different recordings with slightly better production. The biggest difference is in the song “King of the Realm” – which has the intro singing back-masked for some reason, and doesn’t have that awesome multi-octave yell after that. The other songs on here that are not on Second Coming (“Look at the People,” “Escape,” “Breakout,” and “Journey to Fantasy”) I had to guess at their song titles. These songs sound a bit more progressive metal than the others. Also, the song “Keep the Fire Burning” would not play straight no matter how much I tried. The tape looked fine there, but there was obviously some kind of stretching or something that just made it garbled. Fortunately, it sounds almost just like the version on Second Coming.

Soulfood 76 – Let’s Eat

Soulfood 76
Let’s Eat
1992 (no label)
Seattle, Washington, USA

Daniel Fairbanks – Vox, Wah Wah
Samuel Ericsson – Sweet Guitar
Kevin Stainer – Bass Groove
Paul Mumaw – Drumm’n Fool

  1. Free
  2. Reach Up
  3. My Pretty Baby
  4. Find My Way

This is one of at least two demos by Soulfood 76. I have this one and another one called 7 (the scan above is from my tape). This demo has been remastered and re-released by The Corral on Spin Cycle. “Free” and “Reach Up” were both re-recorded for Velour (Retrospective). Their trippy, retro-groovy guitar alternative rock is on full display here, but in general I find this tape to be less heavy that Original Soundtrack. Just as cool, just with less loud guitars. Check out this piece of history finally resurrected for digital glory.