The Smyrna Band – New Day

The Smyrna Band
New Day
1984 Cherry Grove Records (SCR009)
Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA

  1. New Day
  2. I Have Been Thru the Fire
  3. The Way You Do
  4. Love Like There’s No Tomorrow
  5. You Keep Me Runnin’

This was kind of a surprise. I didn’t know there were any other Smyrna Band albums other that the 3 that I have already covered. Makes you wonder if there are any more? The sound here is still rock, but to my hears it leans a bit more towards country rock of The Eagles and maybe some classic 50s rock than their other hard rock or new wave leanings. “I Have Been Thru the Fire“ was re-recorded as “Thru the Fire” on the Morada Records version of In the Deep of the Night, but I don’t think the rest of the songs here appear anywhere else. As with many of their other releases, there is no list of who played on this.

Missing Information: who played on this?

The Smyrna Band – In the Deep of the Night (lp)

The Smyrna Band
In the Deep of the Night
1984 Morada Records (MZS 168)
Black Mountain, North Dakota, USA

Ron Thompson – Vocals, guitar
Tim Bode – Keyboards
Steve Senn – Drums, vocals

Side 1:

  1. In the Deep of the Night
  2. Disneyland USA
  3. Two Sides
  4. Borrowed Time
  5. Never Gets Cold

Side 2:

  1. Rejoice
  2. I Once Was a Man
  3. Vision
  4. Thru the Fire
  5. I See Jesus

So, technically I got this as a record instead of a tape. But I saw it on sale in a clearance list at a cheap price and decided to grab it to see how it compares to the EP version. It seems that having a full label behind the band helped them put out a higher quality project. The sound here is basically 80s rock, maybe with a slight new wave/alternative rock leaning. A little light and normal compared to what I usually listen to, but to be honest – I really like it. “In the Deep of the Night,” “Disneyland USA,” “Two Sides,” and “Never Gets Cold” are all repeated from the ep. They are pretty much the same versions of the songs, just different recordings.

The Smyrna Band – Raise Up the Standard

The Smyrna Band
Raise Up the Standard
1985 Lamb Records (LA-1211-C)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Side 1:

  1. Raise Up the Standard
  2. Red Line
  3. Straight for the Heart

Side 2:

  1. Hard Days
  2. Ask Me Now
  3. You Can’t Run

The Smyrna Band returns with their second EP. This one starts off sounding like they have gone lighter/more pop than their last album with the fist track, but then they change course on the next two songs. Both of those sound a bit heavier than their last EP. Then it is two more light pop rock songs, and finally a return to hard rock on the album closer. I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first EP, but it was still a solid EP. I just need to find copy of their full length album to see where that one falls in the pop rock/hard rock spectrum. Also, it seems that the mystery of the label from the last EP was solved here – it really is the same Cherry Grove Records that put out Roy Suthard. The address for the band is now in Myrtle Beach, SC. It seems that decided to start putting out other music after the move?

Missing Information: who played what on this ep?

The Smyrna Band – In the Deep of the Night

The Smyrna Band
In the Deep of the Night
1984 Cherry Groove Records (SCR006)
Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA

  1. In the Deep
  2. Disneyland, USA
  3. Two Sides
  4. Final Notice
  5. The Game
  6. Never Gets Old

So this is an interesting album. It has the same record label name that Roy Suthard (rap) and One Accord (new jack swing) are on – but it is rock music that borders on hard rock. Also, this record label is in North Carolina, whereas the later releases has the label being in South Carolina. Did the label move? Or is it just a coincidence? Also, this is a 6-song ep, but there is also a full-length album by this band with the same album name on Morada Records in 1984 as well – with four of the six songs from this demo on there (and 6 new songs added). Weird. Usually I don’t hate or love these borderline hard rock releases, but this one has some good song writing and quality musicians, so it works well. It’s like they are doing the sound they like the most, rather than trying too hard to be rock like some other bands in this style end up sounding like. There was also another ep in 1985 on Lamb Records.

Missing Information: Who played on this?