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Rites of Spring

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Washington, D.C. (1984 – 1986)

Rites of Spring was an American band from Washington, D.C. Although they were only together from the spring of 1984 through the winter of 1986, they helped define the sound along with Dag Nasty and Embrace, among others.

Following the band’s dissolution, singer and guitarist Guy Picciotto, guitarist Eddie Janney, and drummer Brendan Canty formed One Last Wish with Embrace alumnus Michael Hampton. The three later joined former Rites bassist Mike Fellows for a quasi-reincarnation of Rites of Spring named Happy Go Licky, releasing an LP/CD of various live concert recordings though never producing any studio work. Picciotto and Canty eventually teamed up with the former Embrace singer Ian MacKaye (owner of the band’s label, Dischord Records) in Fugazi.

Rites of Spring was the band’s self-titled debut album from 1985. Its twelve songs were recorded at Inner Ear Studios in February of 1985, and released on vinyl in June of that year as Dischord Records #16. The album was rereleased on CD and cassette in 1987, with an additional track from the same session, “Other Way Around”, as well as the four songs from the Rites’ follow-up EP, All Through a Life, Dischord #22. The CD and cassette originally retained the number “16” while the 1991 repress, as well as the 2001 remastered version of the same seventeen songs, were numbered “16CD” and given the new title End on End.

The band are named after Igor Stravinsky’s famous composition entitled The Rite of Spring/Le Sacre du printemps. The piece is widely dissonant and the context of the ballet is extremely bleak, revolving around pagan rituals.

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  • celexicdream

    Ahead of their time.

    2 Sep 6:08pm Reply
  • feelingsreal

    Picciotto's vocals <3 [2] I absolutely love his vocals too, just amazing.

    24 Aug 10:42pm Reply
  • colderskin

    yeah well tell guy I said he's retarded. what now

    7 Aug 2:28am Reply
  • BMDrummer53

    Guy Picciotto on "emo" as a genre: "I've never recognized "emo" as a genre of music. I always thought it was the most retarded term ever. I know there is this generic commonplace that every band that gets labeled with that term hates it. They feel scandalized by it. But honestly, I just thought that all the bands I played in were punk rock bands. The reason I think it's so stupid is that - what, like the Bad Brains weren't emotional? What - they were robots or something? It just doesn't make any sense to me."

    6 Aug 8:34pm Reply
  • Scary-NG

    Picciotto's vocals <3

    16 Jun 12:58pm Reply
  • dollsalad

    Sure. This is not emo. Fucking greater than emo.

    22 May 11:43am Reply
  • nandosiol

    Timeless

    17 Mar 4:07pm Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    "Вот эти пацаны классные." [2]!!!! Actually I have no idea what that says. I am a Martian.

    13 Feb 8:08pm Reply
  • lalunadroom

    i miss this band so much; also agreed worst shoutbox award goes to--

    5 Feb 3:19am Reply
  • bastardizations

    3 gucci

    11 Jan 4:41pm Reply
  • 16N0R4N7

    Hipsters.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Вот эти пацаны классные.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • miserific

    Emo before it got such a bad name.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Siberiandreamer

    it's 2013 and people still can't accept emo. Let it into your heart.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mtmoytoe

    free downloads, whoo!!

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • redgrave9

    crabcorecentral

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Vince8946

    I'm the 99 999th listener

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    probably alternative indie obscure deep house electronica blues psychobilly, tho

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    "Best neoclasical avant garde proto shoegaze punk band ever! " hahaha

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • xRodriEx

    Best neoclasical avant garde proto shoegaze punk band ever!

    28 May 2013 Reply
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