GROINOIDS - Lost LP
A relic from the archives possessing a definite niche appeal: best known as one of the early Boston bands on the “Unsafe at Any Speed” and “This is Boston Not LA” compilations, the Groinoids went on to become Kilslug and Upsidedown Cross (both on Taang! Records), but during their tenure released nothing – a radiobeat session of 1982 was finally released several years ago; while this new album is a later lost-session recording from 1988. Less hardcore than their earlier output, Lost is heavier and more metallic in style, and therefore ideal for the enlightened few who are Kilslug fans. Comes in a hand-built screen-printed sleeve, with song titles etched into the vinyl. And with linear notes written by Mike Williams IX of EyeHateGod. Limited to 300 copies with song titles etched into the perimeter of the record.
"This record was quite a surprise for me. Most of us know the GROINOIDS from their tracks on Boston Not LA and Unsafe at Any Speed. Those tracks and the later released Radiobeat Sessions feature some fast, demented hardcore with snotty/wacky vocals and sarcastic lyrics. One formed the impression of a goofy group of misfits who were into playing fast and not too seriously. This opinion was reinforced by contrasting them to the tight, heavy and powerful mesage-driven hardcore bands like SSD, DYS and JERRY’S KIDS. This Lost LP is in a completely different style than I envisioned. The riffs are heavy and sludgy. They swing from an evil heaviness you might expect from a band like CAVITY or BUZZOV•EN to a more rockin’ form of heavy like, say, HIGH ON FIRE or FU MANCHU. But—and this is a big but—the vocals are still the whiney, juvenile, sarcastic snarl of the early hardcore days. It’s almost as if they are asking us not to take this new heavy direction seriously just as they seemed to with their hardcore material. Some practical joker decided it would be uproarious to place a locking groove at the beginning of record so you actually drop the needle about an inch in from the edge rather than on the outer edge of the slab. I would say if you are into heavy post-hardcore stuff this record might be a real missing link for you. For hardcore fans I think it is more of historical and academic interest." -Felix Von Havoc for MRR