Fugazi‘s technical hiatus seems pretty permanent these days, but between the nearly 900 recordings the group has released through its live archive and the various musical projects of its members, fans haven’t exactly been hurting. They’ll probably perk up at this, though: This winter, Dischord Records plans to release First Demo, an early recording that’s never been properly released. From Dischord:
In January 1988, after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. They tracked 11 songs, ten of which were ultimately dubbed to cassette tape and distributed free at shows, with the band encouraging people to share the recording.
The only song from the session that has been formally released was “In Defense of Humans,” which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire demo including the one song (“Turn Off Your Guns”) that wasn’t included on the original cassette. The record has been mastered by TJ Lipple and will be available on CD and LP+Mp3.
First Demo is the first studio Fugazi release since 2001’s The Argument and Furniture EP, which came out on the same day. The label hasn’t released cover art or a tracklist yet.
Photo by Cynthia Connolly, courtesy Dischord