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Weston-Super-Mare, England (1984 – 1988)

Once apart of the big UK hardcore movement of the 80’s, Ripcord were formed in 1984 in Weston-Super-Mare, England by Steve “Baz” Ballam and John Millier, playing an intense up-tempo style of hardcore very much inspired by the likes of Siege and Discharge. The band had a well established reputation in the scene despite being short lived, opening for such acts like Napalm Death, Heresy, Doom.

They threw together a line-up from the remains of Baz’s old bands and recorded their first demo In Search of a Future in 1985. The music was abrasive, fast hardcore that mixed various styles to create a great, raw thrash sound. The band already had some of the songs that would be on the first LP. The original line up: Baz playing bass, John on drums, Malcolm on guitar and Jimmy on vocals, lasted only for this tape and a couple of shows. For the second demo tape Baz (who had drummed in his previous bands) played guitar and bass for the recording as Malcolm had left the band. Jimmy left soon after, and the band was back to a two-piece. In 1986, they recruited Steve Hazzard and Brian “Buzby” Birchell on bass and vocals (respectively) and immediately cranked out a third demo tape and started playing more shows. Their first vinyl release came soon after, a nine song flexi called The Damage is Done on their own Raging Records. They promoted the album with a tour that ended up not panning out well due to a sketchy promoter. Their fourth demo, 1986’s Fast and Furious was distributed by the Manic Ears label and spread their fame further.

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