MYSTIC SUPER SEVEN SAMPLER #1 7"
Label: Mystic Records
Cat. #: M7EP 139
1. R.K.L. "Tell Me The Truth"
2. DON'T NO "Member of Society"
3. SCARED STRAIGHT "Another Day"
4. ILL REPUTE "Stop & Think" (live)
5. FALSE CONFESSION "Just As I Am"
6. FLOWER LEOPARDS "Riding The Blade"
7. MANIFEST DESTINY "Screamatorium"
Somebody needs to write a novel about this label: all you read in interviews and the such is how the guy was an unscrupulous MoFo, even going out of his way to rip off bands. So I'll definitely like to get my hands on more elaborated HC horror stories, something like HP Lovecraft meets the "Flex" site. All the tracks here are taken from previously released 7"s on the label. But if you find it for a couple of bucks it's not like you're gonna be picky and stuff, y'know. R.K.L. open this 7" and offer the best track, convincing tuneful yet angry vocals backed by well-played fast HC. It's sad to know their quick dive into the realms of nothingness not long afterwards. Don't No offer a pretty good, yet simple track. Also Scared Straight were a Mystic band par excellance, but what the fuck, I love generic hardcore. As for the last song on this side: How many interesting live hardcore records did you ever heard? Yeah, me too, and the Ill Repute track, at best, should have stayed within the live tape traders circuit. Too bad, because their early Mystic records were great. Side 2 starts with False Confession, who deliver good typical LA hardcore of the era, which in my book it's always OK. The Flower Leopards track is boring ROCK music with minimal hardcore influence, a direction which sadly became relatively popular among ex-punks in the mid to late 80's. Manifest Destiny's contribution sounds almost like a European band trying to do the hardcore thing, which obviously is great, maybe I should give their 7" a second, more careful listen. If you live in the US or Western Europe, just go to the local record shop(s), there are plenty of Mystic records waiting to be rescued from oblivion.