Wednesday, December 30, 2009


In 1988, Revelation Records released a compilation called New York Hardcore - The Way It Is. 17 tracks from 12 of the best hardcore bands around at the time—and they all happened to be from the New York City area. Sick of it All, Gorilla Biscuits and Warzone were all featured and it became an instant classic.

In 2005, Rob Lovell (of Skeiff D'Bargg fame) came up with an idea. He wanted to get 12 bands from Salt Lake City together and recreate that compilation. He booked a week of studio time with Andy Patterson, recruited some of his favorite locals and gave them all homework assignments. By the end of the week, every track had been recorded and it seemed a release was just around the corner.

Only a release date never came. One thing led to another and the whole thing kept getting pushed back again and again. Eventually, Rob moved to Washington and the whole thing was forgotten. A few of the tracks surfaced here and there, but it was never heard in its entirety.

Fortunately, Andy still had it sitting on one of his old hard drives, gave it a quick master, sent it our way and Rob gave us his blessing to release his brainchild to the world. So here it is, in all its glory.

12 Salt Lake bands—ranging from punk to hardcore to hip hop—including Aftermath of a Trainwreck, Tamerlane, Parallax, Skeiff D'Bargg and many others covering classic NYHC anthems.

SLHC - The Way It Is -  Download
And as an added bonus (and for comparison purposes) here's the original.
NYHC - The Way It Is - Download

1. Wise Up (Bold) - The Dregs
2. Fallout of Our Being (Nausea) - All Systems Fail
3. As One (Warzone) - The Fictions
4. Escape From Your Society (Warzone) - The Fictions
5. Better Than You (Gorilla Biscuits) - Skeiff D'Bargg
6. Forgotten (Gorilla Biscuits) - Skeiff D'Bargg
7. Back With A Vengeance (Trip 6) - Vanilla Gorilla
8. Sick People (Breakdown) - Tamerlane
9. Together (Youth of Today) - Teen Tragedies
10. Understand (Youth of Today) - Teen Tragedies
11. Politics (Sick of it All) - Art of Kanly
12. Pete's Sake (Sick of it All) - Art of Kanly
13. Ignorance (Krakdown) - Mindstate
14. Dead Serious (Side By Side) - Parallax
15. Time Is Now (Side By Side) - Parallax
16. Blue Pride (Youth Defense League) - Aftermath of a Trainwreck
17. Searchin' For The Light  (Supertouch) - Dead Peasants Insurance


Josh straightedge said...

Holy shit! I had managed to get a few of these songs over the years but it's great that this is finally seeing the light of day.

xbrooklynx said...

Im still to this day wondering why aftermath got like the scraps of this comp... "oh yeah i guess you guys can do the YDL cover".... Im just glad we made a fuck out of it.

trevor said...

Hey, Cherem wasn't even invited to take part.

Kelly Green said...

Haha it's nice to finally get a copy of this! btw it was THE Teen Tragedies, not that it matters at this point.

Dan said...

This rules!

Devin Hummel said...

was this ever released???