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Gray Matter

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Post-hardcore band Gray Matter formed in the summer 1983 from the ashes of several Washington, D.C., area punk bands, Gray Matter’s mix of melody and punk power helped key the 1984-1985 punk resurgence in the nation’s capital. Consisting of guitarist Mark Haggerty and drummer Dante Ferrando (both of controversial first wave Dischord band Iron Cross), guitarist and singer Jeff Turner (founder of WGNS cassette label and studio), and bassist Steve Niles, Gray Matter was inspired by British punk bands. The band rehearsed but rarely played out, and it wasn’t until the summer of 1984 that they played their first important public gigs, finding alliance with bands like Rites of Spring and Beefeater. The group made their first recordings in November of 1984, going into Dischord’s “house” studio, Inner Ear, with Minor Threat’s Ian Mackaye assisting with production. The recordings, which revealed the influence of early-D.C. punk (“Gray Matter,” “Caffeine Blues”), also warned about the dangers of punk nostalgia (“Retrospect”) and featured a surprising cover of the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” was the first hint of the band’s strong pop streak. The record was issued by a small local label, then reissued by Dischord in 1990. The group hit their stride on the August 1985 recordings that became the Take It Back EP. Crashing power chords mixed with pop melodies and rushing rhythms on “Chutes and Ladders” and the title cut, and the record stands as a landmark of the mid-’80s Dischord style. The record was cut during what came to be known as “Revolution Summer” in D.

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  • Zombiewoolf

    Sometimes they sound like the original Iron Maiden

    19 May 12:01pm Reply
  • awnbtopjnh

    very very underrated. i've never heard anyone talk about this band (shame) but they're an all time fav for me.

    22 Feb 1:40pm Reply
  • Abe-X

    '' why it is tagged emo, emocore ? have relation ?'' are you retarded?

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • I_vans

    ali boulala sorry video...

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • semple3

    "why it is tagged emo, emocore ? have relation ?" --- Relation aside from being one of the original revolution summer bands?

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • j-yeags

    just got into this band, why didn't i discover them earlier?

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • punkpride

    why it is tagged emo, emocore ? have relation ?

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • WordsComeBack

    wow don't spend alot time to hearing gray matter in the past, but now i hear the real tune of the band, fantastic

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • Thl4wed

    basically the best band ever, I CAN'T JUSTIFY WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE, YOU CAN'T SEE INSIDE OF ME

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kiranhello

    so great

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rockandpie

    I AM THE WALRUS

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DaysOfRage

    maybe the best punk band ever. it's a shame.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Lonerz

    simply phenomenal

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • LifeHatesMe

    Take It Back EP is the great monument of Revolution Summer.

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • FilupLees

    I kind of hate your guts, but I want to have friends

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • TxusMx

    I forgot how much I loved this band.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • banhmi666

    whoa rad.

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Creepyncheright

    amazing! i love this fucking band!!!!

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Iu_uI

    Food for Thought was really great,but another stuff is so bad

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • awnbtopjnh

    i've always liked this band, but since i bought food for thought i've found myself listening to it more often than any other record of mine. love it!

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
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