Dischord Records have announced that they will release Fugazi’s First Demo this winter. The band’s first EP was released in 1988 as a 10-song cassette and distributed for free at shows. According to Dischord, the band had only played 10 shows at the time First Demo was recorded.
The reissue will have 10 tracks from the original demo cassette, including “In Defense Of Humans,” which was released on 1989’s State Of The Union compilation. There will also be one additional (unheard) track, “Turn Off Your Guns.”
Read more from Dischord:
"In January 1988, after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. They tracked 11 songs, ten of which were ultimately dubbed to cassette tape and distributed free at shows, with the band encouraging people to share the recording.
The only song from the session that has been formally released was “In Defense of Humans,” which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire demo including the one song (“Turn Off Your Guns”) that wasn’t included on the original cassette. The record has been mastered by TJ Lipple and will be available on CD and LP+Mp3.
This release will also coincide with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site now includes information and details on all of Fugazi’s 1000+ live performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and the public."
Watch Fugazi perform "Turnover" in 1991: