Thursday, May 28, 2009

Outburst - 1987-1989




Tons of great hardcore bands came out of Astoria, Queens during the '80s. Kraut, Leeway, NY Hoods, Token Entry, Murphy’s Law, Abombanation, Breakdown, Fit Of Anger... and one of all-time favorites, Outburst. Their demo (recorded in 1987 at Don Fury studios) has stood the test of time for me as one of the best demos to come out of the late '80s NYHC scene. Just total anger and energy put to tape, with such a massive guitar sound and pissed off vocals. The way hardcore should sound. Thanks to drummer Joe (a hell of a nice guy) for letting me use this demo as part of this collection, even though it's on the CD released by Blackout, along with the Miles To Go 7" from 1989. I'm not sure if the CD is still in print, but if it is, buy it. Also included here is the band's 3 tracks from the classic New Breed compilation tape from 1989, two studio songs not on the demo, and one live track. Next up is the band's set recorded live on WNYU's Crucial Chaos in 1988. The sound quality on the first track starts off a bit rough, but it gets better. Then there's a set recorded live at CBGB on 2/28/88. Same deal as the WNYU set, it starts off a bit rough, but gets much better as it goes on, and it's a great set that ends with kick ass cover of All Twisted by Kraut. Ending the collection is GB Foolaround, kind of a partial cover of Gorilla Biscuits' No Reason Why, recorded at Don Fury's during the demo sessions. These are all the best sounding rips i could find of all this stuff. It's not always perfect, but this is raw and angry NYHC, so it's not meant to sound pretty. Enjoy!

Outburst Collection

VOCALS: Brian Donahue
GUITAR: George D'errico
GUITAR: Jay Rufino

BASS: Chris Bruno
DRUMS: Joe Songco


members after original lineup:
VOCALS: Chris Benetos
BASS: Mike Welles


Besides the tracks here, the band also recorded 2 songs for the NYHC: Where the Wild Things Are comp LP and a 7" entitled Miles To Go, both released on Blackout Records in 1989.

For some great Outburst photos, interviews and stories, check out the Double Cross web zine (check my links). Just type Outburst into the search box, you'll find lots of cool stuff.

The band's Myspace is here.

11 comments:

  1. Astoria in the house! Yo Joe, drop me a line, I need your input for the website!- Freddy

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  2. Amazing stuff!!
    Thanks a lot,
    Onno

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  3. Great... just curious why you chose the particular picture for the "cover". That is Lukey Luke and Civ, I assume the other guys are from Outburst? BTW, isn't Brian (vocalist) MIA?

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  4. Rinjo, i thought that was an early pic of the band (it was labeled like that). I just modified it. The new cover is now also in the zipped file as well. Thanks for your help.
    Vin

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  5. Thanks again to Joe for letting me compile this. Hopefully he stops by for some further info, tidbits etc.

    Here's Joe on the GB Foolaround track which took place the night Outburst recorded the demo at Don Fury's (taken from the Liewire message board):

    "As I remember it, with about 5 minutes to go, and having already fooled around w/ Bad Brains "She's Calling You" at the halfway mark, George started playing the riff to Leeway's "Mark of the Squealer". Chris then went on the mic and started singing the opening to Finish What You Started. Jay picked up Chris' bass and started playing the No Reason Why bassline. We figured we'd noodle with that song for a few seconds.

    That's me telling Chris to shut up at the start. Then Don Fury told us we had to be out because there was someone coming in ASAP, so we stopped before we even had a chance to get into it. Haha.

    Sorry about the sound quality - that's from the original cassette tape, which I found while doing some massive cleaning up in my garage."

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  6. Sorry so late in chiming in! Better late than never! Thanks again for giving this old stuff some shine on your site! Here are some things I remember...

    *If we'd had more time at the end of the demo session, I'm positive we would've banged out "She's Calling You" & "No Reason Why" to the end. During practices, we loved covering the songs we liked from the bands we liked.

    *The CBGB set also featured YDL, Rest In Pieces & Warzone and that was the first show where The Hardway made its debut. It's kind of sloppy but we were excited to finally play it.

    *The 2 New Breed tracks were again done at Fury's but this time our good friend from 14th Street, AJ from Leeway, volunteered to fool around with the board, which is why it's got such a different sound than the demo sound.

    *None of us were that thrilled with the quality of the WNYU show, but it was awesome to play a set in that small studio...great energy...and it was nice to finally meet Spermicide.

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  7. Joe, thanks for taking the time to stop by and drop some info. Cheers!

    Vin

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  8. can somebody post the lyrics for THE HARD WAY ?

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  9. This is the best a 21 year old kid from Australia can do.

    I'm looking at the world I live in
    I dont like what I see
    Busting my ass with nothing to show for it
    It aint fair to me!

    If being too patient is a crime
    I'm guilty as sin
    Getting held back while you get ahead,
    Now it's my turn to win

    Thats all that I can take
    Can't take no more
    Been the victim for far too long
    Time to even the score

    Gotta fight the hard way
    There's no easy way out
    Nothing comes easy in this world
    That's what life is about

    I've been a nice guy once too often
    I always get screwed
    Sacrificed myself to your greedy hands
    Why do you act so rude?

    I've come to realise you don't care
    you left me on my own
    If you won't help me get where i'm going
    I'll do it alone

    Thats all that I can take
    Can't take no more
    Been the victim for far too long
    Time to even the score

    Gotta fight the hard way
    There's no easy way out
    Nothing comes easy in this world
    That's what life is about.

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  10. This records are my age... how much has music changed in just 23 years, I still consider myself young but I know this are old records, so I have a big confusion with this. old or young?

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  11. Please anyone re-up this!!

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