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V/A: HAUNTED - Psychedelic Pstones Volume 2 CD
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LA PESTE were one of the first, one of the more abrasive and the most musically advanced of Boston’s original ‘70s punk banks. They made one of the first great Boston punk singles, “Better Off Dead,” well known among the “Killed By Death” crowd. “Better Off LaPeste” contains tons of never-before released tracks and is completely different from the horrible quality bootleg of years ago and is for the most part different from the long out of print Matador LP from the ‘90s. This album fits like a glove next to the Bacchus Archives East Coast reissues by The Thrills and The Rattlers along with our mondo early LA Punk reissue catalog. "On songs like 'Don't Wanna Die in My Sleep Tonight' and the evergreen classic 'Better Off Dead', the band honed a dense, edgy three-piece sound that belied the sparse instrumentation creating it. They were masters of the subtle, repeating riff and the open string drone, marking the path followed- in different ways - by bands like U2, the Smiths and Husker Du. LA PESTE songs were often filmic, and they could sway lyrically from the film noir to quickie power pop confessionals. During the years they spent in Boston, LA PESTE were one of the most popular and critically loved groups on the scene, and their live shows never failed to generate real excitement, a sense that this was an event you were witnessing. In that respect, they had the stuff of stardom. But like most of the others I'd put in that list of the dozen best Boston bands, their star never really ascended. They got close, though. Ric Ocasek of the Cars was one of the people who recognized the band's potential. While the tracks were locally popular, they failed to attract the attention of the kind of label that could have launched LA PESTE beyond the East Coast audiences that already knew them." ….Joe Harvard, Boston Rock Storybook
Product Code: BA11104
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