Fugazi to release their first demos from 1988

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Fugazi are to release their first ever demo, just 26 short years after it was recorded.

The band’s record label, Dischord, broke the news yesterday via their website:

“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.”

“This release will also coincide with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site now includes information and details on all of Fugazi’s 1000+ live performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and the public.”

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Soundgarden stream ‘Black Hole Sun’ demo

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Soundgarden are streaming the demo version of track ‘Black Hole Sun’ from their Superunknown album.

The song is streaming ahead of the deluxe re-issue of Superunknown this summer – it’s 20th anniversary.

Soundgarden will play Barclaycard British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on July 4, alongside Black Sabbath, Wolfmother, Faith No More, Motörhead, Soulfly, Gallows and Rise To Remain. They will then join Nine Inch Nails on a joint US tour, heading out on 23 dates in July and August. The tour begins in Las Vegas on July 19th, ending at the Hollywood Bowl on August 25th. Sacramento hip-hop group, Death Grips, will provide support for the two bands on all but two of the dates.

Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails both released key albums on the same date in 1994. Superunknown was Soundgarden’s fourth album, whilst Nine Inch Nails released sophomore LP The Downward Spiral on the same day. Both have since gone on to become highly regarded key works in the two bands’ careers.

You can stream the demo version of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ below.


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