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RITES OF SPRING LP
02. Deeper Than Inside
03. For Want Of...
04. Hain's Point
05. All There Is
06. Drink Deep
07. Theme (If I Started Crying)
08. By Design
10. Persistant Vision
12. End on End
Label: Dischord Records
Cat #: Dischord 16
The CD reissue includes the All Through a Life EP and one extra track from the LP session.
These guys reach way down deep and pull out pure emotion along with their hearts. It may not be pretty with Guy's vocals scratching away and the guitars hissing and whinning but it's as honest as you can get. It's a hard record to get used to with its quirks, but it's finally gotten under my skin. Rites of Spring always seem to be on the frantic edge and still the tunes flow and the songs have stuck in my head. "I've found things in this life that still are real/A remainder refusing to be concealed/And I've found the answer lies in a real emotion/Not the self-indulgence of a self-devotion."
-Thomas Siegel (from Ink Disease #10, Winter 1985)
Perhaps the best new band out of DC in quite a while! Rites of Spring clock in with their great new debut that finds them reaching for a sound somewhere between the abrasive funkiness of Scream and the melodicism of Marginal Man. Vocalist Guy Picciotto croons it rather distinctly while ex-Faith member Eddie Janney throws in some unique guitar lines. Lyrically, this is a highly personal album with songs like "Persistant Vision" and "End on End" telling tales of inner struggle. Check these guys out!
-Mike Gitter (from xXx #12, Fall 1985)
One of D.C.'s most touted younger bands comes across with a melodic punk style that combines older-style punk and rock into a powerful force. With ringing guitars, chunky rhythms, and ruff vocals, they come across not unlike area-mates SCREAM in toughs but pop appeal.
-Tim Yohannan (from Maximum Rocknroll #27, August 1985)