Tuesday, February 21, 2006
The Seculars - Social Skills
The Seculars Social Skills 7" (360 Twist, 1998)
This Seculars EP is one of the records that fueled the creation of this here blog, being a 45 with a fairly generic cover on a label notorious at the time for putting out, frankly, mostly trad 60's b-team garage material. This EP was born to lose. This record is one of this label's few success stories, however, along with the odd Headcoats 45.
The Seculars have a relentless rushing urgency running through them that recalls some of the early amateur-hour hardcore bands of the very early 80's, just prior to the abolition of speed limits, that sound like teens (or post-teens) all fucked up on freedom and cheap, used equipment, bashing away into the small hours. The brief spoken bits that break up said bashing seal the deal.
Every copy I've ever seen of this thing has been promo-punched. The label went under just a few months after this EP's release, which means there must be a bunch of these things moldering in a garage somewhere. Re-release! -Ryan W.