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Vains: You May Not Believe in Vains But You Cannot Deny Terror 7"

Vains: You May Not Believe in Vains But You Cannot Deny Terror 7"


Tags: · 80s · hardcore · hcpmf · reissues · seattle · USHC
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Legit reissue of the lone 7” 3 song EP by Seattle punks, Vains, originally released in 1980 on Kurt Bloch’s (Fastbacks) infamous label, No Threes Records. Most remembered for featuring Criss Crass (the Muffs) and Duff McKagan (Guns and Roses), the Vains debut single is a Pacific Northwest punk classic that has appeared on several Killed By Death compilations and various other bootlegs over the years. Licensed by Criss Crass and with audio restoration by Kurt Bloch, the reissue is a near faithful reproduction of the original release but includes an insert with biography and photos and a corrected song listing on the record label. 500 pressed.

Our take: If you’re itching for yet another obscure 80s punk gem from Seattle, look no further than The Vains. With a title like You May Not Believe In Vains, But You Cannot Deny Terror combined with the vintage, horror movie poster-style picture sleeve, the presentation of this EP screams Killed By Death. And rightfully so, since each song on this EP featured on a KBD compilation at one time or another. Originally released in 1980, these 3 tracks of explosive, high-octane punk rock sound like a stepping stone to the burgeoning wave of American hardcore just over the horizon. Under the radar as it may be, all 3 songs feel like classics in their own right. For being a young band, Vains do not sound primitive by any means. The band knew their way around writing a song, and the production on the recording is crisp for a snotty 80s punk band. The teen angst opus “School Jerks” is instantly memorable with the hooky refrain “It’s a pain in the ass/to try to get to next class” and out-of-control guitar wankery. “The Fake” credits bassist Nico Teen as songwriter and vocalist, which is the alias for a young Duff McKagan. If 10 Minute Warning, The Living, and The Fartz weren’t enough, then you can add one more great early Seattle punk band to McKagan’s resume. This 7” is a must-have for anyone looking to experience a snarling transitional record in history of hardcore punk.