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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*
Damage
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*

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History Lesson Part 2: I Fought The ’90s and the Grind Won (upping the insanity of Neoblasphemies)

I finally REYmastered Neoblasphemies.

But first, I think we need some background:

I hated the ’90s. It probably had more to do with me reaching my thirties than anything else. But I hated them.

You see, to me, the whole grunge thing sounded like all the dinosaur rock acts of the ’70s that were given a swift kick in the arse by Britpunk in the late 70s. Then during the 80s, louder and faster was the future. The goal to ever-pursue. Early 80s-hardcore and mid-80s crossover and late-80s grindcore left me most of the musical breadcrumbs I thought necessary. Pretty much.

And even though, while in the Lead, I never bought into glam/hair metal, I did succumb into trying to improve my musicianship (mostly consisting of learning Phrygian mode and palm-muting) as a result of listening to the Metallicas and Slayers and Voivods of the day and playing with Deliverance and Believer and Cynic (and even with the Crucified who had very serious chops for a punk band). So that kind of took over my nervous system along with the aforementioned louder faster etc…

Soooo, when the Lead ended in 1991 we had been demoing some quite epic complex tunes. Rob and Andy were firmly in the power/technical metal zone, I was still trying to test the limits of Rob’s drumming stamina, and Nina… well, if we had managed to actually make that record she’d have been the one leading the Lead into the 1990s. She definitely started to turn things away from the metal/thrash/speed side of things back to her alternative roots.

But I digress. My three songs for that project were ‘Destroy’, ‘Psychic Pain’ (with a writing assist from Andy and Rob) and a painfully-endless 10 minute version of ‘The Human Reich’ with something like five or six fast verses that gave it about six minutes of wall-to-wall thrash/blastbeat. The demos for those three songs ended up one of my solo one-man Frank’s Enemy 1992 demo tapes (Final Absolution), with Rob on drums but with Andy’s guitar erased.

The process of Frank’s Enemy becoming a real band and putting out the first CD took three years. The CD was tainted by my mindset which was still stuck on the metal/muso influences and suffered from me not getting out much in between 1991 and 1993. Not to say I wanted to be a copycat but I was stubbornly in a vacuum of my own making.

So when we unveiled the first CD at Michigan Mosh 94, I immediately felt like fish out of water. The rage at that fest was all these death metal/grind bands that were not very much like Frank’s Enemy.

Funny thing is, a lot of people in those bands were old Lead fans who had written to us. I remembered my correspondences with Billy Frasier of Oblation, whom I was happy to meet again at Michigan Mosh (he’d seen the Lead in Houston in 1990). Luke Renno of Crimson Thorn also professed a Lead influence/inspiration, and his band may have had the most memorable of all the sets in those couple of days.

Nice pleasant tee belies the brutality of the lineup.
Nice pleasant tee belies the brutality of the lineup.

...this was the lineup.
…this was the lineup.

In the wider scheme of things, Nina had traded letters with a young Steve Rowe during his Lightforce days. His new band Mortification’s Scrolls of the Megilloth was a unanimously-acclaimed classic of the genre in the early 90s. The other standout in those days, Living Sacrifice’s Nonexistent, was fronted by another Lead pen pal, Darren “DJ” Johnson.

And I did have both Scrolls and Nonexistent. Unfortunately, they sounded kind of monotonous to my ears and I couldn’t get into them. I was getting old, what can I tell you?

But then something magical happened in 1994: Living Sacrifice’s Inhabit and Mortification’s Blood World came out. I was immediately smitten with both of those records. Songs were generally shorter and catchier. There was a real hardcore influence (fast 80s and slower 90s kind) on Blood World. The guitar tone on Inhabit made me salivate.

By late ’94 I was downtuning my guitar and making Marc downtune his bass. I started getting to work on the songs that would comprise Neoblasphemies. There’s nothing more I can say it this point about the process of making the record in ’95-’96 that I didn’t already, back in the day, say here, here, here, and here.

I said all this to say that Neoblasphemies was our way of catching up with the 90s as well as “out-90s-ing” the other 90s bands after all the metal anachronisms of the first CD. The songs are still complexities, but most of them do their business in a couple of minutes and leave you for dead. Lyrically, I stopped writing dissertations and went for the heart with brevity and economy (and the judgmentalisms of the first CD were traded in for all-out introspection and angst as the Christian discovers he really is not of this world).

Most crucially, we went for sonic extremes when we made this record. Besides the downtuning and Luke Renno/Cookie Monster vocals, I shamelessly tried to copy Inhabit’s guitar sound. And Marc and I had these DOD stomp boxes like the Buzz Box and the Meat Box and we added them onto just about everything above and beyond guitars and basses. As a humorous aside, that Meat Box would end up breaking Marc’s speaker cones on tour.

Speaking of Marc, he became confident and in full flower as either an insane emo screamer or a Louis Johnson on crystal meth (or both at once).

And Alex drummed faster than ever and provided his fiancee’s vocal skills for the opener and I goaded him into attempting a guitar solo for good measure.

And we thought we did a pretty good job of getting it all onto the DAT. We then edited and ordered  the songs at our friend Blake Osborne’s studio in Lakeland and then did mastering proper with the legendary Mike Fuller of Fullersound in Criteria.

All we wanted out of the mastering was to be as loud as other people’s CDs. But we didn’t achieve it.

Thank goodness for today’s technology, though. Those waveforms don’t lie. I know darn well this remaster is as loud as we wanted it to be in 1996.

Above and beyond that, though, the brutal parts are more brutal (listen to the opening riffs on “Cauldron” and “Cannibalized”) and the softer parts enjoy a unprecedented clarity.

Marc’s production touches on the vocals for “Hanging on a Tree” and especially the out-of-left-field closing funker “Stephen Hawking walked Away” shine like never before.

Some of the transitions between songs were designed to knock your butt to the floor. Now it’s a real possibility. Just listen to the end of “Uncalled For” going into “Torturer” to see what I mean. I mean, it was insane enough in ’96 already.

But enough, let’s let the REYmastered Neoblasphemies roar for itself:

 

 

 

Neoblasphemies (REYmastered) by Frank’s Enemy

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Leo from Gouda, NL brushing up on his English back in 2008

Leo Hoek van Dijke has had a radio show in the Netherlands for a few years now. Back in October 2008 he interviewed me over the phone during my lunch break at the dayjob. We talked Lead mostly. Listen here:

#491 (October 24th 2008) Julio Rey (The Lead/Frank’s Enemy). by Going Underground Offical on Mixcloud

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“I won’t tell you how devoted I am, I fall way below the standard”

On Sunday mornings I’ve been revisiting the punk tunes with Christian lyrics that I wrote from 1980-1984, pre The Lead, pre The Visitors, pre hardcore turn. There’s quite a few of them, and not many people in the world were doing work like this. Just throwing them out there. Altar Boys beat me to the punch (the punk?) in 1983. I never heard of LSU until even later. Anyway, more vids to come. This one was played at church on 2/16/14.

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Frank’s Enemy – @anonymous

I guess now’s as good a time as any for me to tell you that I have long-term plans to release a full-length Frank’s Enemy project. Frank’s Enemy’s been putting stuff out here and there sporadically since 2002, and all of it will be included in the full-length (with some additional work on the tracks). But again, this is long-term. I’ve also made some long-term plans involving a new Lead EP with Nina and Rob. In my life, the only short-term plans I have involve work and parenting and husbandry.

But I digress. Here’s a little thrasher I slapped together in the ridiculously short time of two or three weeks. I had shared the lyrics here when I wrote them a couple of months ago. Just some ruminations on the infamous hacktivist group that’s been getting into the hair of giant corporations such as the Church of Scientology and Gene Simmons and some government intel conglomerate. They’ve really become a 21st-century version of the Vikings or the Mongols.

Last verse is food for thought, imagining some cyber-Armageddon pitting Anonymous against Muslim radicals.

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Julio Rey – No Religion (Lead oldie live)

I got my kids a new computer which means I can now sneak in and do some primitive editing and add tolerable amounts of some of my boring pre-song patter onto these vids. I’m really happy with this guitar sound for the harder-edged older punky stuff when I play it unaccompanied. It’s kind of a rootsy, clattering, chug-a-lugging Bo Diddley-ish bashing of the strings in drop-D tuning with some overdrive and delay and tremolo. The song itself is a vintage Lead moldy oldie based on a cliche that hadn’t been so overused back in ’85 when I wrote it. This is also the first of two musics that accompanied these lyrics. This version from Return Fire is garage punk. We rerecorded it a la speedcore punk-ay two years later. 21 years later, on July 19, 2009, this vid was filmed at the International Church of South Florida by Jon Doozan.

noreligion

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Julio Rey – Revolution In The Heart (Lead oldie)

http://youtube.com/v/elKiWolfp9k

The last tune on Return Fire and I guess it was also my farewell to melodic hardcore circa late 1985. Metal and crossover beckoned after, for better or worse. The words are still actually pretty good. The military trappings and revolutionary metaphor made this appropriate to play on the Fourth of July weekend. Intl Church of SoFlo, July 5, 2009, Juan Pablo Camargo on the cam.

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Julio Rey – No Religion (live – Lead oldie – Return Fire version)

http://youtube.com/v/7qR59-4dE6I

I got my kids a new computer which means I can now sneak in and do some primitive editing and add tolerable amounts of some of my boring pre-song patter onto these vids. I’m really happy with this guitar sound for the harder-edged older punky stuff when I play it unaccompanied. It’s kind of a rootsy, clattering, chug-a-lugging Bo Diddley-ish bashing of the strings in drop-D tuning with some overdrive and delay and tremolo. The song itself is a vintage Lead moldy oldie based on a cliche that hadn’t been so overused back in ’85 when I wrote it. This is also the first of two musics that accompanied these lyrics. This version from Return Fire is garage punk. We rerecorded it a la speedcore punk-ay two years later. 21 years later, on July 19, 2009, this vid was filmed at the International Church of South Florida by Jon Doozan.

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Julio Rey – It’s Thru You/Better Off (live – Lead covers – YouTube vid)

Side one of the Lead’s first EP from 1985 performed on acoustic at church. I really don’t do justice to the first song, which Nina wrote (both her songs on that first EP just kicked – and they still do), and I loosen up a little for the second song which I wrote anyway. This is better on electric, even if there’s no bass/drums in the BG. Oh well. Have fun watching me be a shell of what I once was. Filmed by Juan Pablo Camargo, May 17, 2009.

thru_better

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Julio Rey – Kill Satan/Get Out Of My Face (Lead oldies, YouTube vid)

Been trying to adapt some of the oldies into my acoustic repertoire. Here’s two good ones, including a Nina tune from the first EP. Punk rock into punk folk. Recorded at International Church of South Florida by Jon Doozan on April 25, 2009.

satan_face