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Moving Targets

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Springing from the fertile grounds of Boston’s parochial hardcore punk-rock scene, Moving Targets are a little-known but seminal link in a chain that joins hardcore and other early-’80s Boston music strains like collegiate art rock and folk-rock to ’90s alternative rock. Forming in 1981 around the songwriting, blistering guitar work, and emotive vocals of Kenny Chambers, the original power trio included bassist/vocalist Pat Leonard and the strong-man drumming of Pat Brady. After a few years of trying to scrape together gigs in the competitive early-’80s Boston rock club scene, Moving Targets’ first significant exposure came in 1984 via Bands That Could Be God (Conflict/Radiobeat), a record of various Massachusetts punk and post-punk bands compiled by Gerard Cosloy, the soon-to-be head of the Homestead and Matador record labels. The LP included three songs recorded with Lou Giordano, one of the founding producers of Boston’s legendary Fort Apache studio. Giordano had worked with the influential Minneapolis trio Hüsker Dü, who were clearly a major influence for the Targets. Working with Giordano, the band continued to record, eventually finishing a 15-song demo, which led to their signing to the Boston punk label Taang! (which is also responsible for unleashing Lemonheads and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones on the rock world). These demo songs form the basis of the band’s explosive debut LP, Burning in Water, from 1986. The album is an essential piece of post-punk, combining the band’s love of hardcore, ’70s progressive rock, and classic rock.

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