An often under-appreciated DC band, the Faith went in two years from being one of the most pissed off and aggro early hardcore bands to introducing a melodic element that would have a huge influence on the future of DC punk. They started in the summer of 1981, with Alec MacKaye from the Untouchables on vocals, Michael Hampton on guitar, Chris Bald on bass and Ivor Hanson on drums. Their split LP with Void came out in 1982, and remains one of the best hardcore records of all time. They added Eddie Janney (ex-Untouchables and Skewbald) on second guitar before recording their more catchy but still raging EP Subject to Change.
After breaking up in 1983, the members from Faith continued to shape the sound of DC punk in their later projects. Michael, Chris, and Ivor played in Embrace with Alec's brother Ian, Alec and Chris formed Ignition, and Eddie played in Rites of Spring and One Last Wish.
FAITH/VOID split LP (Dischord, 1982)
SUBJECT TO CHANGE EP (Dischord, 1983)
FAITH/VOID/FAITH CD (Dischord, has both records)
FAITH/KANSAN UUTISET split 2x7" (has their demo)
20 YEARS OF DISCHORD 3CD box set (Dischord, 2002) "Subject to Change", "No Choice"
Faith Section on Dementlieu Punk Archive
There's a good Faith interview on this page.
The Writer's Window
Here's an article that was written about Ivor Hanson in 2000. Thanks to James D. for sending the link!