Sunday, September 13, 2009

Under Pressure - 1988 Discography



More late '80s hardcore from New York. Under Pressure had a heavy sound in the vein of bands like Outburst, Breakdown, Raw Deal etc, with a bit of a patriotic slant in the lyric department. So here you go, more short-lived "New Breed" NYHC brought back to like. This collection compiles both the bands demos and a rehearsal session, all recorded in 1988. Thanks to Mauricio for all his time in helping me put this together. Enjoy.

Under Pressure 1988 Collection

Mauricio Vega on Under Pressure:


Under Pressure started out started as an oi hardcore band, sometime in the early part of 1987. The band was originally from Staten Island, NY. I was the only member that lived in Queens, NY. In April of 1988, Under Pressure released an 8-song demo titled “Vicious Bite”.

With the line-up of:
Mauricio Vega – Vocals
AmeriKen – Guitar
Dom Viola – Bass
VinSkin Conti – Drums
By the end of the summer of ‘88, Under Pressure started to go thru line up changes. At one point, Eric (Guitar player from the first “In Your Face” demo) played guitar for few gigs. After trying out numerous musicians, the new Under Pressure line-up was set.
Mauricio Vega – Vocals
Louie Negron – Guitar
Jimmy Lean – Bass
Scott Goettelmann – Drums
This new line-up was from Hicksville, Long Island NY. The band went from being from Staten Island, to Long Island. Looking back, I did a hell of a lot of traveling just to rehearse, LOL.
This was the line-up that recorded the song “Supremist” for New Breed Compilation. But by the end of 1988, Louie Negron left the band and Garret Snied took over on Guitar.
In December of 1988, Under Pressure released a 9-song demo titled “Vengeance”.
The line-up of:
Mauricio Vega – Vocals
Garret Snied – Guitar
Jimmy Lean – Bass
Scott Goettelmann – Drums
I’ve noticed on a few blogs that they claim to have the Vengeance demo, but they do not. What they have is a rehearsal session that we recorded with Louie Negron on Guitar. We used that recorded rehearsal tape mainly for seeking a new guitarist, and for booking gigs.
I have no idea how they got those recordings but, they do not have the real Vengeance demo. You will be the first to have the real Vengeance demo.
The new Under Pressure line-up had a much more heavier sound than the original line up. By the summer of 1989, Under Pressure decided to change their name to “Vicious Bite”.
Vicious Bite released, “Till Death Do You Part” (Taken from the Vengeance Demo) for the Chop-Chop Compilation on Skene Records. By the end of the summer of 1989, bassist Jimmy Lean, was diagnosed with cancer and left the band (RIP Jimmy). Since I wrote a lot of the music, I decided to play bass, and Tommy “Thunder” Goettelmann became the new vocalist.
The final Line-up was:
Tommy “Thunder” Goettelmann – Vocals
Garret Snied – Guitar
Mauricio Vega – Bass
Scott Goettelmann – Drums
Vicious Bite played a few shows with this line-up, and played a live set at the WNYU Spermicide radio show. But by the end of 1989, Vicious Bite broke up. Their last show was at The Anthrax in Connecticut sometime in the fall of 1989.
Since then, I’ve been playing bass in a band called the “Accidental Tribe” under the name Moe Cash.
Recently, I’ve been talking to my former Under Pressure band members about doing a reunion show, and possibly, re-recording all our old songs. Unfortunately, there is a band from Canada called Under Pressure, which has absolutely no relation to the NYHC band Under Pressure. So if we do re-unite, it will be under the name Vicious Bite.

—Mauricio Vega


As usual, i restored the files a best as possible. The Vicious Bite demo was especially a challenge, as the songs were buried under a layer of tape hiss. I'm pretty happy with the end results.

I've been listening to these songs for the past week and it's all great stuff, but the rehearsal session is probably my favorite recordings. That could be due to the fact that the New Breed track, and the rehearsal (which i always thought was the Vengeance demo) was my exposure to this band. Such a great sound on those rehearsals though, it actually could have been a demo, or even made a great ep.

If anyone has the Vicious Bite live WNYU set, or any other Under Pressure rarities, please g
et in touch.

24 comments:

  1. Hi ! Thanks for this Under Pressure collection.
    Do you plan, by chance, to gather some Social Disorder material ? CAn't find anything besides a myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/socialdisorder2006) ?

    peace

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  2. Thanks for posting this. Under Pressure was a pretty good mid level NYHC band. Mauricio was always a really good guy. I remember hanging out at his house reading New Breed and talking about graffiti. Back then all the bands seemed so supportive of each other. Any chance you can post some Pitt-bull's Revenge? They had a demo, WNYU set and played some live shows around the same time.

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  3. nice job...any way to see some more photos of this band?

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  4. good job, im pretty sure the under pressure from canada recently broke up, so shouldnt be a problem using the name.

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  5. Thanks Vinnie. vBene waiting for this one. Only had the Vicious Bite demo. Great to have both now and as MP3s. Thanks!!!
    Claude

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  6. JG, i don't have any Social Disorder material, but i'll put that on my list of stuff to hunt down and check out.

    James, thanks for the info, and i'll put Pitt-bull's Revenge on my list as well.

    Mosher, i have roughly 10 other pics (i used was the best one), some of which are flyers. If you want to drop me an email, i'll send them to you.

    Steve, Claude, and the guy with the crazy name, thanks for the comments.

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  7. im Amerikens (Kenny Charltons) son, he still plays the guitar and it sounds great

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  8. Thanks man, amazing job with ur website, the best blog when it comes about old school hc!
    Do you have some materials about a band who was called STEP ASIDE, they had a 7" i"ll take darkness on vicious circle records or anything by GUT INSTINCT will do also...

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  9. Vin Skin, AmeriKen & Dom D Rock are just the best band names ever!

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  10. Never heard Step Aside or Gut Instinct. Oh well, more stuff to add to the list.

    Here's all the Under Pressure pics, in case anyone else besides Mike wants to check them out

    http://www.mediafire.com/?dgj2zg0m1tw

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  11. gut instinct have a full discog cd put out by vicious circle records, you can get it at a389records site. step aside have a write up on aversion blog, i think they were from virginia, were just a pretty decent hardcore band from early 90s. had a 7 inch on the same label as above, and two comp tracks.

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  12. Hey AmeriKens son!
    I would love to hear from your dad.
    Contact Stormy for my email.

    Vinnie, You did a hell of a job!
    I love your blog. It brings back a lot of memories!

    Peace everybody, Glad you are all enjoying the music. M-

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  13. Mauricio, it's Augie (Oi!) Conti. It's wild to see this up here. Haven't seen you in yeeaars! Never knew that you continued the band with different members. How've ya been?

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  14. Hey Augie!! How the hell are you? Love to get in touch. Send Vinnie an email for my info or send me yours. It's great to hear from you, can't wait to catch up!

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  15. friggin awesome thank you! had seen this band play at the sundance out on long island and had the 2nd demo.always dug them!

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  16. Maurice Vega, good dude. This a great post. Maybe there will be a reunion of sorts.

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  17. Sounds like a keeper this one, and funny stuff the vocalist looks a lot like a friend of mine, but I am sure it's not him cue to the name, and the fact that he was born in 84 so there's no chance it's the same person.


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  18. Mauricio's voice is incredible, I prefer his voice than the other guy, terrific band anyway, their sound is truly raw.

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  19. I love this - the riffs, vocals, everything. This is the sound I remember with extreme fondness.

    -Ellis

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  20. Thanks!!!! Great Page!!!! Hearing again Under Pressure, I rememeber another band of that days, maybe, I don't know. Tha band was Head On. Did anybody can help me on find out what happen to this band or where ton find music of them? Thanks and keep it real!!!

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  21. welcome back Maurice!!! we gotta hang again soon. good to see vicious bite doing this stuff again!!

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    1. Get in touch moecash04@yahoo.com

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  22. Please, reupload.

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