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Most people don’t remember Dead Trend at all. Those who do usually recall the band with disdain: Dead Trend, ironically enough, was guilty of bandwagon jumping. They hopped on faddish trends without shame –or, seemingly, forethought – for months at a time. Like so many eighties bands, they added a second guitarist to beef (read: metal) up their sound; they preached the search for spiritual enlightenment, wearing prayer robes at their shows while encouraging their dwindling audiences to do the same; they fused rap vocals and metal guitars, inadvertently spawning some of today’s most horrible music.
One of the great surprise joys of my life was discovering Dead Trend’s origins. As I researched their hometown of Freedom Springs, references to their early work kept popping up, so I started digging. Eventually I tracked down a treasure trove of their early stuff, before any of the horrible ideas that rendered them an obscure punchline.
So: Dead Trend picked up just as the first wave of great Midwestern hardcore bands – the Effigies, Necros, Zero Boys – were starting to taper off. The band released amazing singles, full of the sounds and complaints of the era: Chernobyl, the Challenger disaster and (who else?) Reagan were targets of singer Gil Falcone’s disdain. At a time when hardcore punk was beginning to become codified, Dead Trend stripped it down to the bare essentials: their debut 7”, the Bad Policy EP, crams six songs into as many minutes, a howl against the Reagan years which had killed off the bands they so looked up to.
Drummer Seth Stina has little memory of the era’s specifics, but he does have a treasure trove of artifacts. From his stash we have “Poolhouse Invasion,” a never-released rumination on the band’s take-no-prisoners attitude towards both their music and their skateboarding. Locks and fences were no use – the band could not be stopped. Except they could: the track sat in a box in Stina’s closet for 25 years. Now, for the first time, “Poolhouse Invasion” gains a wider audience, and the band’s early records will soon be rereleased by Baltimore’s Save vs. Poison Productions. With any luck, Dead Trend will, at long last, be elevated to the level of recognition they deserve.


from In Pleasant Company: A Mixtape For Jason, released June 8, 2012
Dead Trend: “Poolhouse Invasion”

Gil Falcone: Vocals
Marty Harratt: Bass
Mike Roft: Guitar
Seth Stina: Drums

Recorded by Jaime Innes in his studio in Holden, 1/8/1987




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