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People's Temple: demo cassette

People's Temple: demo cassette


Tags: · 20s · hardcore · hcpmf · new york · nyc · punk
Regular price
$7.00
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$7.00

U.S. HC on GMO's, fluoride, creatine and harmful levels of PFA's.

Members of GLUE, GUNN, FUCKIN' LOVERS, PAWNS

Our take: People’s Temple’s demo cassette on Roach Leg Records made the rounds last November, but the initial pressing sold out even more quickly than your typical Roach Leg release (which is saying something!) and we missed out on that batch. Fortunately, Roach Leg pressed up more copies, and we got in on the action. While People’s Temple has the raw hardcore sound that you associate with Roach Leg Records if you’ve been following the label, it doesn’t fall into the d-beat or noise-punk categories that many of Roach Leg’s other releases do. To me, they sound like a band that could have come from early 80s California with their sprightly tempos, hint of melody, and nihilistic sensibility. People’s Temple makes me think of bands like Circle One, Sick Pleasure, or Wasted Youth… like those bands, there’s a hint of tuneful UK punk in People’s Temple’s sound, but it’s so raw and thuggish that it’s its own thing. Tracks like “Dead Soldiers” and “LSD & Anarchy” (which sounds to me like the hit song of the tape) have big choruses that might remind you of UK82 punk bands, but then a track like “Human Livestock” has a garage-y feel that reminds me of Formaldehyde Junkies. People’s Temple is as dirty, raw, and nasty as anything on Roach Leg, but the subtle tunesmithery makes this tape stand out from the pack.