Posted in metal | music on October 20, 2011

by BBG

Void

Void were clearly ahead of their time. Although the Columbia, MD band were short-lived and their output was similarly small, Void's negative blueprint were the catalyst for legions to come, signifying one of the first moments when the chaotic urgency of hardcore mixed with metal. Void's split with The Faith is a certified classic (get it if you don't have it already), but the band had little other recorded material available for release save for the Condensed Flesh 7" and a few appearances on comps like the seminal Flex Your Head. Until a recent house-cleaning/excavation at 3819 Beecher St in DC revealed otherwise:

While organizing the Dischord archive, we came across the 4-track of Void's first recording session. This was done with Steve Carr at Hit and Run Studios in November '81 and never released (though there has been at least one bootleg made from a cassette of the original mix). The master tape was nowhere to be found, so the tape was remixed by Ian MacKaye and Don Zientara at Inner Ear earlier this year. It was like digging through a treasure chest! Hearing embryonic versions of what would become Void classics as well as songs that didn't make the cut made it clear just how driven this band was to capture their own sound.

Sessions 1981-83 features the entire Hit and Run session along with the first Inner Ear Demo (including the Flex Your Head cuts and the songs that ended up on the Condensed Flesh 7"), two out-takes from their second Inner Ear session, and a couple of live recordings including one that I think must be the last song they ever played.

Sessions 1981-83 was scheduled for release on 10/24 on Dischord Records but is currently shipping. Check out three versions of "Dehumanized" from November 1981, December 1981, and June 1982 that are all available on the release and are streaming below. Order your copy today.

Void still has one unreleased LP in Potion For Bad Dreams, which the band recorded for Touch N' Go before their demise. The LP is reportedly been shelved indefinitely.

Stream "Dehumanized" times three below, alongside some video.

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Void - "Dehumanized" 11/81 Hit & Run Session

Void - "Dehumanized" 12/81 Inner Ear Session

Void - "Dehumanized" 6/82 Inner Ear session

Void Live 1983

FAITH & VOID live 1982

Void "My Rules"

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Comments (32)

Awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:42 AM

sausage

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:44 AM

I want... to... die.... IN A WAR!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:49 AM

void makes me realize how amazing reagan youth were.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:56 AM

void makes ME realize that cartoon ducks are historically annoying: Daffy, Donald, Yacky Doodle - all really brought down their brands

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:22 AM

kinda looks like a young ad rock

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:22 AM

so overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:50 AM

11:22: Yeah, he does.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:52 AM

@11:50 - so clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:13 PM

We need some old school indie bands to start touring - husker du, refreshments, etc.

Posted by Really? | October 20, 2011 12:20 PM

^^^ I meant the Replacements. Dammit I am tired.

Posted by Really? | October 20, 2011 12:21 PM

good one, 12:13. i'm sure in your limited knowledge of hardcore this band is amazing but void/the faith are about as mediocre as they come.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:38 PM

For real... Was anyone eating hummus between 81-83?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:43 PM

Anyone who liked Void in '81 is close to 50 years old and has hopefully moved on with their lives.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:43 PM

In fact, people have been eating hummus since 81 A.D.....birth of chickpea 80 A.D.)

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:46 PM

Void makes me think of the Refreshments

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:53 PM

Void is one of the best bands from the 80s hands down. Important release for sure.

Posted by Steve | October 20, 2011 1:03 PM

considing the average reader of this site wasn't born until 1985-1990 or later, i find this post most amusing

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:05 PM

According to ancient scriptures, the Mesopotamians were making hummus at 2300 BC. Get your facts on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:10 PM

great example right there. hummus poster can't be more than 25, or else he is extremely immature for his age. i guess that or just hasn't realized when to let a bad joke die.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:17 PM

^ nobody here makes hummus jokes. The hummus lovers of the universe just utilize the BV comment board for our worldwide communications. Get your facts on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:42 PM

what time do the refreshments go on?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:10 PM

void was the first hardcore band named "void" from the mid-atlantic states. you young fucktards didn't know that? now you know. fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:29 PM

Cool. I haven't seen a comments section here turn this douchey in a while. Keep 'em coming, fellers.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:45 PM

i saw void in 1983. now i live in my parent's basement.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:09 PM

yo Fred.
I got a drawing of a skull in this "party" tomorrow in SF :

http://mikesutfin.blogspot.com/2011/10/void-sessions-1981-83-record.html

Posted by Patrick Delaney | October 20, 2011 3:12 PM

Too hard for nerds on this site to get, or comprehend. Move on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 4:55 PM

How old are you 12:38? I've forgotten more about hardcore than you probably know.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 5:58 PM

I've never heard ANYONE describe Void as being generic or "mediocre". What the fuck is this asshole talking about?

Posted by Dave | October 20, 2011 6:43 PM

It seems that 1:42 PM was born in probably 1993 and is promoting shitty Amway canola filled pseudo food.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 3:32 AM

SECRET SHOW IN BKLYN @ ACHERON

***** ** *****
MOUTHPIECE
THE LAST STAND

11pm doors
all ages
$10
Sat Oct 22nd

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 8:05 AM

"Until a recent house-cleaning/excavation at 3819 Beecher St in DC revealed otherwise"

uh...the dischord house is in VIRGINIA. the 3819 beecher st nw is in DC. oh yeah, the feeback created by bubba dupree is better than most of your favorite bands best songs. any person who claims void are unimportant really is an asshat.

Posted by tomata_tutoan | October 29, 2011 5:30 PM

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