The Lead Boombox Rehearsal Tapes 1984

Tuesday 1984-08-21
No bass

Side 1:
05:30 Area 312 – 1
07:22 Area 312 – 2
08:07 Area 312 – 3
11:17 Area 312 – 4 c
15:45 I’ll Never Know 1 c*
19:15 I Am The Resurrection 1 c
23:08 One Step Ahead 1c, 2c*
27:30 Boy From New York City jam
29:29 Death of A Gunfighter (dissonant intro) tape runs out

Side 2:
00:13 New Creation 1
06:50 New Creation 2
+11:14 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1c*
17:24 Best Friend 1c
19:48 Israel 1
23:00 Israel 2c*
26:30 Israel 3c*
28:57 blues jam

Tuesday 1984-09-11
at Sync
Nina on Bass for the first time

Side 1:
I’ll Never Know 1-c-damaged
4:00 I Want Candy jam
4:45 I Am The Resurrection 1
8:26 God Rules jam
9:15 Better Off jam*
10:40 God Rules jam
12:15 Hey Wait A Minute jam
16:00 Nina writes Take Him Home*
17:04 Area 312 1-c*
21:10 Take Him Home revisited*
22:40 Nina says she couldn’t write songs without bass
23:11 Area 312 2-breakdown
26:00 Area 312 3-c*

Side 2:
1:30 New Creation jam
3:10 Rick Cortez and Keith Chessom arrive*
5:32 I Am The Resurrection 2-c-damaged
8:25 Keith asks if we can turn it down to play someplace
9:56 I’ll Never Know 2-c-git and bass turned down
13:30 Area 312 4-c*
19:00 Conversation about Robert Mascaro etc
21:40 New Creation 1-c-accapella 1-2 at the end
25:30 One Step Ahead 1-c-no bass*
27:50 Death of A Gunfighter 1-tape runout

Thursday 1984-09-20
Nina on bass

Side 1:
00:47 New Creation 1 c
05:30 Little Bit O Soul jam
06:27 I Am The Resurrection 1 c
09:26 I’ll Never Know 1 c
12:06 Area 312 1 c
17:44 Better Off jam
22:53 unknown Julio song tryout
27:00 No Religion jam with Nina trying to write Take Him Home
31:40 All Day And All of The Night jam
34:37 Death of a Gunfighter 1 c
39:50 I’ll Never Know 1 c

Side 2:
00:25 I Am The Resurrection 2c
03:33 No Religion 2
04:30 I’ll Never Know 2
05:32 I’ll Never Know 3 c
11:15 One Step Ahead 1c
13:45 One Step Ahead 2c
17:13 One Step Ahead 3c-Nina talks Julio into playing on the first verse
20:24 Death of a Gunfighter 2c
26:53 Area 312 2c
31:37 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1c
38:10 Israel 1c
42:46 Hey Wait A Minute jam

Undated 2
Bass – audible BGVs – learning Hurricanes and Earthquakes

Side 1:
Take Him Home 1-c sounds early
3:45 I Am The Resurrection 1-c Bass sloppy
6:15 New Creation 1-c
8:45 I’ll Never Know 1-c*
11:30 One Step Ahead 1-c
13:10 Area 312 1-c
16:35 Death of A Gunfighter 1-c*
20:45 Israel 1-c*
22:51 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1-breakdown*
25:57 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 2 – continuation from breakdown*
28:23 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 3-breakdown
29:23 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 4-c-sloppy but intense*
33:42 No Religion 1-c-garagy-discussion
36:40 No Religion 2-c-faster

Side 2: noisier
I Am The Resurrection 2-c
3:30 New Creation 2-c-wild ending
6:09 I’ll Never Know 2-c
8:42 Death of A Gunfighter 2-c-drum broke

Undated 3
With Bass-noisy quality-Nina voice problems
Side 1:
I Am The Resurrection 1-wiped by jazz recording on top of it
3:00 New Creation 1-beginning cut off-breakdown
5:37 New Creation 2-c*
8:00 I’ll Never Know 1-c*
10:55 Take Him Home 1-c-guitar solo not fully developed*
14:00 Death of a Gunfighter 1-c-Nina loses voice on second verse and Julio helps, undeveloped guitar solo, discussion, Julio gear issues
22:00 Area 312 1-c-undeveloped ending
25:45 Area 312 2-from last verse-mistake in ending
27:32 Area 312 3-ending only-fixed
28:20 Israel 1-breakdown due to Nina losing voice
29:20 Israel 2-c
31:32 One Step Ahead 1-c

Side 2: blank

Tuesday 1984-10-02

Side 1: relatively clear
Take Him Home 1-c
3:20 I Am The Resurrection 1-c
6:17 I’ll Never Know 1-c
8:53 New Creation 1-c
11:15 Death of A Gunfighter 1-c
15:40 One Step Ahead 1-c
17:18 Area 312 1-c
20:31 Israel 1-c*
22:40 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1-c

Side 2:
Nina Bass demo 1
4:02 Get Out of My Face Nina Bass demo*
6:27 Nina Bass Demo 2
9:00 Nina Bass Demo 3
10:47 Nina Bass Demo 4
12:06 Nina guitar demo 1 no words
14:50 Nina guitar demo 2

Monday 1984-10-29

Side 1: blank
Side 2: heavy guitar-snare miked
New Creation 1-c
3:10 Take Him Home 1-c
6:55 Death of a Gunfighter 1-c
17:45 Area 312 1-c
21:20 One Step Ahead 1-c
24:32 No Religion 1-c
27:03 Israel 1-c*
29:30 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1-c*
45:30 I Am The Resurrection 1-tape runs out

Undated 1
October 84? – early bass-relatively clear- learning It’s Thru You and Get Out of my Face and Better Off

Side 1:
I Am The Resurrection 1-c
2:57 New Creation 1-c
5:28 I’ll Never Know 1-c*
8:00 Area 312 1-c
11:45 Take Him Home 1-c-out of tune a little
15:00 Death of a Gunfighter 1-c
19:16 One Step Ahead 1-c-guitar on first verse
20:51 Israel 1-c
22:56 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1-c*
27:18 It’s Thru You 1-breakdown and discussion*
28:42 It’s Thru You 2-breakdown before where guitar solo would come in-discussion-slight tape damage
31:10 It’s Thru You 3-almost complete-ends early-discussion-Julio practice yells-Nina explains end
33:50 It’s Thru You 4-breakdown*
34:40 It’s Thru You 5-c*-sloppy at end-jam and discussion and practice of portions
40:55 It’s Thru You 6-breakdown-discussion
42:10 It’s thru you 7-breakdown-discussion-tape runs out

Side 2:
Discussion continues- It’s Thru You 8-breakdown-discussion
1:38 It’s Thru You 9-breakdown – discussion
6:00 Get Out of My Face jam
6:24 Get Out of My Face 1-breakdown-jams-too fast version
9:30 Get Out of My Face 2-c-sloppy ending-discussion
12:45 Get Out of My Face 3-sloppy ending still
15:10 Better Off discussion and jam and discussion – attempts with guitar intro-discussions
22:24 New Creation 2-breakdown
23:16 New Creation 3-c
25:45 I Am The Resurrection 2-c

Friday 1984-11-09

Side 1: relatively clear sound
I’ll Never Know 1-c-tape damage
2:57 Take Him Home 1-c
6:38 Area 312 1-c
10:13 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1-c-tape damage
14:33 Death of a Gunfighter 1-c
19:30 New Creation 1-c
22:07 No Religion 1-breakdown
22:45 No Religion 2-c-weird vocal
24:50 One Step Ahead 1-c-weird Bass
26:34 Israel 1-c-slight tape damage
28:47 I Am The Resurrection 1-c
31:25 Alienated 1-breakdown
33:30 It’s Thru You 1-c
35:34 Better Off jam in progress
35:55 Better Off practice no vocals-tape damage
43:19 Better Off 1-breakdown
46:08 Better Off 2-tape runs out

Side 2:
Better Off 3-c-tape damage-long outtro
3:32 Get Out of My Face 1-c
5:30 It’s Thru You 2-c-weird drum breaks*
7:20 Better Off 4-c-tape damage
11:02 Get Out of My Face 2-c*

1985-01-1? at Sync?

Side 1: blank

Side 2:
00:00 Get Out of My Face 1 -in progress-tape damage
1:55 One Step Ahead 1-c
3:29 Death of a Gunfighter 1-c-tape damage
7:36 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 1-c
11:55 Take Him Home 1-c*
15:13 Alienated 1-c-sloppy-tape damage
17:15 No Religion 1-c-fast
19:25 Israel 1-c
21:17 New Creation 1-c*
23:38 I’ll Never Know 1-c-slight tape damage
26:10 Better Off 1-c-different solos-long outtro
29:28 It’s Thru You 1-c*-tape damage
31:07 I Am The Resurrection 1-c
33:45 Area 305 1-c
37:37 Question What Authority? 1-c-Julio vocal-loose

Thursday 1985-10-10
Nina home demos

Side 1:
You Don’t Need Him 1-Nina bass demo
1:22 You Don’t Need Him 2-Nina bass demo
3:30 Emergency! 1-Nina bass demo*


AGAIN 12″ Vinylly Out (rundown of runup)

First things first. After months and months, the 12″ vinyl copies of AGAIN are finally shipping from Resurrected Vinyl in Bakersfield, CA.

Only 100 copies were made. Nina and Rob and I signed and numbered them.

You can get yours for $15 plus shipping from Resurrected Vinyl’s Bandcamp right here.

If you’re in Bakersfield, you can grab it right off the rack at Going Underground Records!


Here’s Micheal Jeske (the man behind the label)’s Twitterlog of the morning he picked up the platters:


  • Heaven’s Metal reviewed AGAIN and it’s our favorite review of the bunch.
  • We got a 7/10 review at the Italian e-zine MetalEyes in March.
  • Every Fear Forgiven peaked at #5 in the CMW Loud chart back on April 4.
  • We were played on Invasive Feelings Webradio on June 10 (thanks, Sergio)
  • We were played on the Throne Room podcast on June 22
  • Every Fear Forgiven made it to the rotation at our favorite eternally-cool local regional Christian radio station CALL FM.
  • Nina and moi were profiled at Inhale the Heavy’s My Vinyl Offering feature.
  • Nina teased out a lyric video of Heaven Is Waiting on her Instagram (hopefully we see the whole schmear soon).

Off Cassettes

My uber-talented old friend Richard learned how to play guitar a couple of years back. So he sent me a few tracks wondering if I could add instrumentation to them, like we used to in the old days (except I had to play everything). So this is the result. Enjoy!


The Lead Again EP CD out now, vinyl set for Summer 18

  • The official CD release date was this past Friday the 23rd!
  • That same day we got on iTunes, Spotify and all the rest.
  • Bill Roxx’s care package with 100 CDs got here this week. They look wonderful. Buy your signed copy now at our Bandcamp.
  • If you did buy it, or you’re one of our Astute Preorderers, please hang in there. I need to trek over to Tampa (on the other side of the state) for 100 Robbie signatures and to Miami Lakes (on the other side of the county) for 100 Nina signatures. Then I sign, and then to you. You’ll have it by the end of March for sure.
  • On the vinyl side, you probably saw that we’re on with Micheal Jeske at Resurrected Vinyl to press a super-limited edition of 100 12″ 45RPM platters. (“45 RPM” means “it will kick your butt at loud volumes”)
  • Punk rock masterer Sef Idle did the mastering for this one. FYI: One of the songs has a different mix than the CD due to technical issues with the digital mix.
  • I’m going to print and personally assemble the sleeves by hand and get them signed by Nina and Rob. Should be quite the artifact. Here’s a scale model of the work in progress:

  • You can preorder yours at our Bandcamp  for $10, if you haven’t yet. You have about five months before it goes up to $15.
  • On the PR side, Nina made a lyric video of her song “Dressed In A Robe” which is on Bill’s YouTube channel:

  • Curtis Dewar of Dewar PR has been too cool with us. Count us in among the bands that are like pulling teeth to get an interview out of.
  • One interview that I did for XSRock got posted.
  • All three of us answered another set of questions but it hasn’t been posted yet. I’ll probably put it up here if it doesn’t turn up eventually.
  • Best review so far is from Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
  • Couple of others are kind of meh but they’re cool about it. Metal Resource and Covenant Metal Show.

Whatever I Am

Whatever I am I know what I am called to be
Whatever I am I’ll take the battle and I’ll take the tragedy
Whatever I am I know what I can accept and reject
Whatever I am I will keep to my stand and take all the bets

Whatever I am I don’t care if I never figure it out
Whatever I am I understand what I am to be about
Whatever I am I understand what I am to be
Whatever I am only I can decide it for me

Everybody’s normal
And I’m tired of running away from me
I may never wake up happy
I am crap, start with that reality
And then we’ll see

Whatever I am I know what I can do and cannot do
Whatever I am I know that beyond me lies the truth
Whatever I am is less important than what I am to who’s in front of me
Whatever I am I can only stand on whatever Jesus is in me


Holding Off On The Joy

What I live for is nothing less than your smile
I’m too afraid sometimes to strike out for that first mile
I have visions I cling to and I don’t want to see them destroyed
I stay quiet bide my time and hold off on the joy

What am I saving when everything slips through my hands?
What am I preserving when I struggle just to understand?
I want you safe and I want your peace and I want you to know why
I’ll pine and whine in the meantime and I’m holding off on the joy


Hide Behind Jesus

Hide behind Jesus and do what thou wilt

Ask yourself what would He do but did He call you to do it?

Jesus more important than any family friend or time

Jesus and His will will be aligned with your mind



Religion or race or creed or ideology
Wonderful world of you be you and me be me
But if you being you means that you cannot live with me
It’s us or them or them or us doomed to hostility

Killed for no reason it stays behind my eyes
Should have followed orders or an eye for an eye
We’ve got to live together but please keep it down
We’ve got to live together but you’re not safe in their town

Of cultural integration
You keep to your nation
We do the selfgregation

Laws manufactured, applied discriminately
Injustice overthrown does it mean now you come for me?
We’ve got to live together but my children need their safety
Back to our little green rooms of echoed reality

I have to love my neighbor when he might be making bombs
I have no redirection I’m either weak or strong
Sunday morning coming round as the tribes turn into towns
We’ve got to live together you know someday you should come down


Horror of Clarity

Nothing's getting by me now
The hellhound is ever behind me now
My shield is up my saber's out
Not the ones Ephesians talks about

There's a stain on my hand and in my soul
Hyper vigilance hyper control
I'm looking for the clock that turns back time
I'm finding new mountains for me to climb


This Is Nothing

(…but what I deserve)

I’m going to die
And I’m glad I’ll die forgiven
Glad for the relief
I took more than what I was given

I gluttonized
I scratched my every itch
It kept my mind away
It kept the wounds all stitched

But this is nothing
This is nothing
This is nothing
But what I deserve

Such a depth of darkness
So perfectly alone
And uncomprehending
Of what to do to be reborn

That lack of love
Maybe I was always dead
But I want to live
To smile when I look ahead