Sunday, April 5, 2009
Chemical Waste - Life's A Bitch demo 1987
This is a rarity. Chemical Waste were a crossover band in the late '80s from Fort Lee, New Jersey. This was the first hardcore band i'd ever seen live back in 1987. They played on a boat in Secaucus, NJ for a girl named Joan Blue's birthday party. Great memories of that show. The band played all the songs from this demo, plus lots of DRI covers. Hearing the intensity of this music for the first time got me interested in hardcore.
The music is crossover thrash, and the bass player went on to play with M.O.D., and later with Ministry (i always loved this guy's bass sound). This is just what you would expect. Six songs in less than twelve minutes, great crossover thrash complete with breakdowns, solos, and completely juvenile and un-pc lyrics. Similar to the first M.O.D. album (which i admit i loved in high achool), but a bit more thrashy, and a bit less silly. I saw Chemical Waste a few more times during the late '80s (one of my old bands may have even played with them, i forget), and they always put on a great show. I've hunted this demo down forever, and finally got it after 20 years, thanks again to Andy from Mortville for making this sound a hundred times better than the rip i had (go to his site and buy his stuff, it rules). Anyway, here's the music. Enjoy!
Chemical Waste 1987 demo
Chris - Vocals
John Monte - Bass (M.O.D., Mindfunk, Ministry)
Bob Bitchen - Drums
Jason Copola - Guitar (Mindfunk)
Billy Milano (ex-The Psychos, Stormtroopers of Death, M.O.D.) was a big supporter of this band in the 80s, and helped circulate their demo.