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Negative Gain "Back From The Dead" LP

Negative Gain "Back From The Dead" LP


Side A: No Life At All, Face First, Descend On Youth, Dark Places, Nuclear Winter, Live Or Die, We Believe, Night Stalker, One Way Livin', President's Women, Piss Me Off!

Side B: Back From The Dead, Situation All Fucked Up!, When The Pounding Stops, Psychic Hours, Destiny's Uncertain, What's the Reason, Loss Of Self, Night Of The Rat, My Old Man

Official reissue this Canadian hardcore classic, originally released in 1986. Negative Gain
was founded in Toronto, Ontario by Peter Warner who wrote all of the lyrics and provided rehearsal
space in his basement. Filling out the lineup was Grant C. Slavin on guitar, Steve Currie on
bass, and Andrew Mosely on drums. All members were in their mid-teens at the time. Their influences
included Minor Threat, Millions of Dead Cops, the Misfits, and the Dead Kennedys, as well as
local TO bands Direct Action and Sudden Impact.
Negative Gain got their first break in '83 when we were asked by local Toronto promoter Jill
Heath to open for Jodie Fosters Army at the city's legendary punk club The Turning Point.
After the show Pete and Grant went skateboarding with JFA. The evening was documented in a
subsequent issue of Thrasher as JFA's guitarist Don Pendelton was writing a column for the
rag documenting their tour. Other memorable Negative Gain gigs around this time include
warming up for bands like the Circle Jerks, Gang Green, the Descendents and 7 Seconds. The
young thrash band soon went from listening to their favorite bands' records on a daily basis
to hanging out with them backstage and stealing their beer rider!
More help from Jill Heath came when the promoter sent Negative Gain's 1985 demo tape, Attack
of the Killer Bears, to Pushead for review. Pushead evidently like the tape so much that he
offered to release a full-length LP for the band. Negative Gain recorded their album in Oakville,
Ontario in about five hours on a Saturday afternoon, as studio time was limited to what the
young band could afford to spend on the recording. The session was produced by Brian Taylor of
the Toronto band Youth Youth Youth.
Sadly, Pete Warner committed suicide not too long after the recording was completed, and never
lived to see its release. His last gig with the band was with Toronto's Bunchofuckingoofs.
Negative Gain continued on as a three-piece for about two more years, before splitting in the
late 1980s.

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