Veil of Ashes – Prayers For The World

Veil of Ashes
Prayers For The World
1987 Reality Records
San Francisco, California, USA

Sean Doty – poet, guitar
Phil Meads – drums
Sterling – bass

  1. C.U.
  2. Falling
  3. Only Love
  4. I Know

This is the debut demo from Veil of Ashes, who went on to sign to Graceland Records and release an album, release a compilation on Blonde Vinyl Records, change their name to Veil, release an album on Eden Records, and then break up. All of the songs here were released on that Blonde Vinyl compilation (The Young And Reckless: The Regression of Veil of Ashes), so many people have heard the songs. The song “Only Love” was re-recorded for their Nëgro demo later the same year, and it seems that it was this slightly longer version that was released on the BV compilation. Somewhere I read that they were influenced by The Doors and Gene Loves Jezebel, and that description seems to work. They were an excellent alternative band that should have lasted longer. Oh, and they also got together about 6 years ago to record a new song and released some unreleased demos in a collection called Eternal Teenage Angst.

Society – Life Without You

Life Without You
1987 Reality Records (003)
Hayward, California, USA

Justin Stevens – Guitars, vocals
James Tyler – Percussions
Scott Rohde – Bass, vocals

  1. Inside the Mind
  2. The Calling
  3. The Bridge
  4. Morning Prayer

This was a surprise find. I would have passed it by until I noticed that it was produced by Sean Doty of Veil of Ashes fame. Popping the tape in, I find an intelligent alternative rock band that utilizes both chiming U2-esque guitars and occasional distorted power chords. An interesting mix that works well. I could see this fitting in on the Narrowpath label back in the day. The bass guitar and drums here are also not that complex, but well written to match the songs. Not sure what happened to the band after this – but I have to wonder if “Justin Stevens” is “Justin Dillon Stevens” of Dimestore Prophets fame?