There are a bunch of great new local releases in the store. One of them signals the relaunching of Mind Cure Records (the label)!
It has been a long time coming, but Mind Cure Records the Label is back: 30 years ago, nearly to the day a group of young Pittsburghers ventured to Washington DC to see a loaded bill of American Hardcore – The Necros, Faith, The Meatmen and Hate From Ignorance. Fifty three days from that show PIttsburgh’s first Hardcore band was formed – Real Enemy. They were a short lived band, barely lasting 6 months, but their influence in still being felt today. On top of playing with a veritable who’s who of 80s American Punk, helping revolutionize the musical landscape of Pittsburgh and later, out of the embers of their demise, forming the most renowned export of 80s Pittsburgh Hardcore – Half Life – Real Enemy was also the catalyst for the creation of Mind Cure Records and released the Real Enemy “Life With the Enemy” cassette as it’s maiden release. After a long gestation period “Life With the Enemy” and Mind Cure Records have re-entered the world with a full length LP of Real Enemy. I am honored to have worked on this release and look forward to bringing more Pittsburgh Punk, Hardcore and more back into print on vinyl. There are already several other projects in the works, but before getting too far ahead of ourselves let’s just focus on the record at hand. The official release date is Tuesday, but there will be copies for sale this weekend at Mind Cure. If you are out of town, please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for mailorder and wholesale information.
If that weren’t enough there are 2 other top notch local releases in the store right now. In the continuing theme of grasping history from the jaws of obscurity Dream Death are back with a new full length CD, and also were able to get us copies of their rare as hens teeth (at least around these parts) 2X12in compilation of demos. This essential pice of Pittsburgh metal was released in Finland in 2012 and looked like it might not make it the three rivers at all, but they are in stock now, but they certainly won’t last long. Dream Death’s CD of new material picks up just where the band left off and will be a certain favorite among metal fans!
On top of that we have the latest release the Pittsburgh based Harmony Society label. This releases is a split between Pittsburgh’s Smooth Tutors and Tokyo Japan’s 9dw. This limited to 350 12in is packed with jazz vibes and soul swagger and is housed in a gorgeous hand stenciled sleeve. Check out their soundcloud page to be converted because hearing is certainly believing.
Until next time, and as always, Keep Thrashin!