Digital release: Union Morbide - Stiff (Single)

Dutch 90s punk recording finally sees the light of day and gets saved from oblivion

After Dutch hardcore punk band Union Morbide released their first demo in 1987, multiple record labels showed interest. This resulted in a meeting with the A&R manager of Warner Music USA. The band decided to stay independent however, and release music on the befriended LMOOR label. Union Morbide was active from 1985 to 1995 and released several LPs, CDs and singles.

Back in 1994, having no money so making the most of their studio time, the band recorded, produced and mixed 7 tracks in one day. Every song was played live in the studio and recorded in one take: drums, bass, guitar left, guitar right and vocals were played all together. This was just before their last European tour with longtime befriended band Pennywise. Not long after, the band broke up and the recording never saw the light of day.

Being pre-CD car player era, the producer recorded the songs on a chrome cassette so after their time in the studio the band could immediately listen to the songs in their car while driving home. The original multi-track tape got lost, but fortunately one band member saved his cassette. This cassette has now been digitized and mastered.

Stiff is the third one of these tracks now released for the first time, 24 years after its recording date. When the bandmembers were blown away by American band Hüsker Dü's track It's Not Funny Anymore - one of the first punk-pop songs ever - Union Morbide was inspired to produce a similar sound. Stiff is one of those results.

The EP Eyes Of, featuring all seven songs, will be released on 27 July.

Union Morbide played approximately 1000 shows all over Europe with awesome bands like Leatherface, Pennywise, No Use For A Name, Samiam, Bad Religion, Toxic Reasons, Suicidal Tendencies, SNUFF, NRA, Funeral Oration, Seein Red, Bambix, All, HDQ, NOFX, GBH, Verbal Assault, Scraps, Vernon Walters, Jawbox, Broken Toys, Citizen Fish, Millincolin, Heideroosjes, Supersuckers, SNFU.

Stiff is released this week and available on all known streaming- and download platforms.

July 20, 2018 2:09pm by TCBYML  

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