Trial By Fire – 1982
The Holy Grail of 1980’s Chicago Punk!
Alona’s Dream Records in collaboration with Regressive Films is proud to announce that the lost and unreleased 1981 LP by Trial By Fire is finally going to see its first official release on vinyl, CD and digital.
When Chicago Punk legends Strike Under broke up in 1981, three of the four members went on to form Trial By Fire. They were one of the first Chicago bands to play thrash-style hardcore and quickly became scene favorites, especially among the younger all-ages set.
Far from being a by-the-numbers hardcore group, Trial By Fire’s sound bore a heavy Stranglers and post-punk influence as well. They created a unique repertoire which sits alongside the best of the Effigies, Strike Under and Naked Raygun. In fact, when bassist / vocalist Pierre Kezdy later joined Naked Raygun, he brought along their classic “Rocks Of Sweden” with him.
This album was recorded in 1982 by studio great Timothy Powell (Effigies, Strike Under, Naked Raygun, Da!) in a warehouse adjacent to the famed birthplace of House music, The Warehouse! These tracks represent a moment when underground music was brave, adventurous and flourishing in the rundown streets of early 80’s Chicago. The songs were transferred from the original master tapes by Powell himself and still sound incredibly fresh and relevant in 2017.
12″ vinyl LP in either black or (limited) Fire Red vinyl. Vinyl and CD Include insert with previously unseen pictures and detailed liner notes. Preorder only “fan club” edition includes: sticker, poster, postcards, patch, badge & more!
Gidians Bible got their start in the fertile 1960’s Illinois music scene. During their brief existence they recorded five heavy psychedelic originals at Golden Voice Recording Co. This EP features all their songs: two from their sought after Golden Voice 45 and all three of their other unreleased cuts. Available now on 10″ vinyl EP, CD and digital. Includes insert featuring unseen pictures and written history of the band!
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Springfield Illinois’ Food & Money formed in the waning years of the 1970’s. They were a musical fish out of water among the honky-tonkin’ bar-rocking cover bands of central Illinois circa 1979. Not content with the ubiquitous middle of the road FM radio rock of their peers, Food & Money played absurd, funky, socially conscious, sarcastic new wave and were pioneers of weird in the mostly conservative midwest scene.
Food & Money played Chicago’s early new wave scene with appearances at TUTS (along side the Corrosives and the Lubricants!). They headlined the first Vertabrats show in Champaign / Urbana’s burgeoning power pop scene. They also made appearances in St Louis and played live on public access TV. During their original run they recorded one 7” EP and a live cassette album.
This anthology collects Food & Money’s entire discography into one release. It also features unreleased bonus tracks. This album includes their sought after first 7” “Economic Bullies” (1980). It also includes their only other proper release, the live cassette “No Loafers” (1982).
THE CONTENTS ARE – FOUR EACH OTHER – 1969 – LP / CD / Digital
Classic midwestern American psychedelic rock from Iowa legends The Contents Are. Recorded in 1969 at Golden Voice Recording Co. South Pekin, IL and unreleased until 2017. A lost late ’60’s psych gem produced by studio legend Jerry Milam.
“Had this album been released in 1969/70, it would be worth thousands of dollars today. Without the persistence of Chris Gilbert and Alona Records this may have never seen the light of day. The mastering is impeccable and musically it sounds exactly like what it is – the real thing. It is a must-have for any serious psych/garage collection.”
Craig Moore, GONN/Younger Than Yesterday
Features limited edition stickers and postcards while supplies last.
Choice of standard black or very limited psychedeliccolor vinyl. LP includes full color insert featuring detailed liner notes and unseen band pictures.
Here it is, Negative Element’s killer 1983 EP in print for the first time in 33 years!
Also included is the UNRELEASED 1982 demo from these suburban Chicago punkers!
NEGATIVE ELEMENT – Shouts Of Rebellion 1982 – 1983
Classic midwest punk from Negative Element. This release collects their previously unheard 1982 demo cassette (restored and remastered by J. Yuenger) as well as their 1983 punk masterpiece “Yes, We Have No Bananas” EP (from the original master tape). Includes previously unseen pictures of the group and liner notes by the band members.
18 song CD or 12″ vinyl or digital download / stream, out now!
Straight from the vaults of the legendary Golden Voice Recording Co. comes Remedyʼs funky hard-rock boogie sound. Remedy was one of the top live rock bands in Illinois in the early 1970ʼs and their recorded legacy has remained largely unheard until now. This previously unreleased album was created from the restored four-track masters. It includes an insert with a in-depth bio and pictures of this nearly forgotten Pekin, IL band.