Saturday, April 23, 2016

Autumn - "Wire Hangers" 7"

Autumn was a pretty interesting straight edge band from the Morrisville / Yardley, Pennsylvania area (where I grew up) which was active between 1994 and 1996, if my memory serves me correctly. The first thing you would probably notice upon hearing Autumn for the first time was the extremely unique and melodic vocal delivery of Exton, Pennsylvania resident George Chamberlain, who previously to Autumn sang for Forethought and eventually wound up playing guitar and singing in The Passenger Train Proposal a few years down the road. The music on this ep was/is mid-tempo and groove-laden, and in my estimation was the primary reason why they were as popular and landed on as many shows as they did. Sweater vest-wearing emo kids liked 'em, vegan edge kids dug 'em, and folks who were into more traditional hardcore bands like XCornerstoneX were into them as well. Basically, everyone was able to find something to appreciate in their sound, that is once they were able to get past the previously mentioned vocals. I remember a specific review of this 7" in either HearttaCk, Second Nature or No Labels fanzine, where the reviewer essentially stated that the band sounded too much like Foreigner, and that was the end of the review. It's actually a somewhat accurate portrayal of Chamberlain's style, I guess. Very, very, sung. But yo, the music was more memorable than your average chunky hardcore band that chugged along without being overly conspicuous with the level of "mosh".

This is the first proper release by Autumn and it followed their demo tape. I went to high school in Fairless Hills with the drummer Matt's younger brother Brad, and he became aware of the fact that I was one of probably four kids in our grade who was into hardcore after we ran into each other at a Shelter show at City Gardens. One day he asked me if I was interested in buying a copy of the Autumn demo cassette, I politely declined, citing the fact that I would want to hear it first before committing to fork over a couple of dollars for the tape. Brad found this response extremely funny (it clearly was), and continued to give me shit while we proceeded to smoke a cigarette in the school bathroom.  The moral of the story here is that I'm an idiot and regret this terrible decision to this day, well over twenty years later, Life, man.

These songs were recorded at the then-extremely prolific Why Me? Studios, in Gibbsboro, NJ by Joe Deluca sometime in 1995, and the recording quality is quite good. This seven inch was a split release from Northumberland County, Pennsylvania's very own Seven One Seven Records and Nevermore Records out of Trenton. A bit of history: these four songs were originally supposed to be part of a nine song cd released by Iain Hursey and Valparasio, Indiana's Stability Records which, in true nineties hardcore fashion, never came out. Thankfully Travis and Joe at 717 were there to step in, along with help from Joe Kuzemka & Nevermore, and put this record out properly. More importantly, the band photo on the back cover was taken at the infamous Blue Fountain Diner on business Route 1 in Langhorne, a place where I spent many an evening back in high school with friends stoned out of my goddamn gord drinking coffee, eating omelettes, talking about girls but not actually talking to any, et cetera.

I have two different versions of "Wire Hangers": the original pressing is on marbled grey vinyl, is #21 / 150 and has a pretty basic albeit nice layout w/ some pro-printed covers. The other version comes on black wax in a manila envelope-type cover with completely different artwork, has a photocopied, hand cut lyric sheet, a helpful PETA flyer informing you on how you can help prevent animal suffering in your life, and is #145 / 300. Looks like these records were pressed via Tennessee's United Record Pressing, but the vinyl records themselves feel a good bit heavier than what I'm used to from that specific manufacturer. I have included photos of both 7"s for you because I trust you enjoy reading & looking at all of this shit, and also because I am awesome. Check it out if you like Outspoken, Walleye, Option, (early) Franklin or fellow Bucks County natives Introspect, a band that I have posted about previously.

1) My Eternity
2) Every Day I Live
3) The Nameless
4) Wrong

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  1. I loved that demo. I have it sitting here in my line of sight but nothing to play it on.

  2. Excellent review! Please heck out the band George (Autumn vocalist) currently songs for SEAGRAVE from Philadelphia...

  3. Speaking of 717 Records... i remember the "you've got a friend in Pennsylvania" comp they put out. I remember Option and Deckard being on that thing. I bought that 25 years ago and was too young to appreciate it then.

    1. I know you know all about Deckard / MCJ based on your hometown, which would obviously make perfect sense. Thanks for reading!

  4. Sent you an email with mp3's of the revelation self titled ep and some 7"s plus the demo well at least what I think is the demo. would love to know if any songs are missing from the google hive mind. A friend gave them to me on an unlabeled tape and said it was some Autumn tracks. - haven't heard them anywhere else so they are either unreleased tracks or demos. Anyway hope you can post a download on your blog for the masses. They were an underrated band.