Friday, 2 July 2010

Kitchener-The price of progression 7"

This lot came from around the Manchester area and the first time I saw them in 1993 they were called 'Body bag' and were a 4 piece playing fast thrashy hardcore punk the way it should be played. Then came the name change to Kitchner and then they slimmed down to a 3 piece after Pete Osmond left (and went on to run the shambles which was the Land of treason distro). This, their only solo release came out in 1994 and was released between Nabate and the ever reliable Flat earth records. The packaging was impressive as it came in a booklet sleeve which featured lots of written rants and stuff that you don't see much of these days in hardcore. Great lttle 7" this. Sadly afterwards the band changed their name again , to Grover (a shit name if you ask me and probably taken from the Sesame street character which makes it even shitter) and changed to a more melodic punky sound-not awful by any means but hardly up to the standards of this 7". Recently I acquired a bunch of Test pressings off Sned, the man behind Flat earth and this was among them. It just came in a plain sleeve but I have two(!) copies of the proper release to compare and show the sleeve. If anyone wants a spare copy let me know and we'll sort something out. Don't get me wrong I love a lot of the stuff that's out there now and I'm not one of those jaded old fuckers who moans about how better it was back in the day but it is nice to revisit the past sometimes and remember in many ways how times have changed in some ways for the better and in others for the worse.

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