Thursday, January 12, 2012
WOLFPACK s/t LP(1988)
6.pack of one
7.pride of the pack
8.black book of hell
The band was always known as Wolfpack to us. When the record came out for what I guess were legal reasons they had to add NY at the beginning of the name. Silly. Regardless, This record is an important part of Albany NY punk/hardcore history. These guys were really the first Albany hc band that I can recall buying a LP from. I think the first Albany NY hc band to actually have an LP come out at all. I'd seen these guys a couple of times, but never with the vocalist on this record(Steve Reddy). There were two other vocalist in this band through out its short life. Early on they really sounded a lot like...you guessed it, DYS(duh...Wolfpack). I actually wasn't much of a fan of this record when it initially came out. I guess it took me years to appreciate it. I think what I loved most about the record was the back cover photo of the band hanging out near some huge Wolfpack Graffiti that was painted on parking lot wall at Worlds Records. This graffiti remained there for over a decade. It was Albany...
It really hit me when I drove by and noticed that they had covered it up with "proper" paint years later. Everytime I'm in the area and drive by I half expect to see it when I glance in that direction.
Steve Reddy of course went on to create Equal Vision Records. He and Dave Stein would put on the best hc shows ever back in the 80's. Albany was hit by everyone that was touring back then.