Resurrection

Existing in Washington, DC circa 1989 and featuring members of Ignition and Swiz, FURY was unapologetically hardcore in the vein of Void, Discharge, and Minor Threat. At the end of their short run, FURY managed to record all their songs in an uninterrupted 12-minute rant-to-tape. Years after the band’s demise these songs were released as a limited 7″EP and are finally available on CD for the first time.

Chris Thomson – words, Jason Farrell – guitar, Alex Daniels – drums, Shawn Brown – bass.

Recorded 8.89 at Inner Ear Studio
Engineered by Eli Janney
Produced by Paul “Shazam” Dever

Previously released as a 7 inch on THD Records

1. Resurrection
2. Space Love
3. Shotgun
4. Circle of Lies
5. Psycho
6. Last One

Fury [I]Resurrection[/I] Review

Washington DC’s Fury existed for a few months back in 1989, and included future members of amazing bands like Swiz and Ignition, Circus Lupus, Dag Nasty, Bluetip and Jesus Eater. This EP was their only release, and huge cheers to Jade Tree for re-releasing it now, for the first time ever on CD. Six songs, 12 minutes. That’s all it takes, really.

Even by today’s pretty high hardcore standards, Fury sound as razor-sharp and uncompromising as they must have done back in the day when this one first was released. Panicky, tense vocals and a furious, urgent musical attack go together to create some of the most exciting and demanding hardcore you’ve heard.

"Psycho" is the pure, distilled sound of DC hardcore, while the opening title track is more of a churning, old-school hardcore thing. "Space Love" is furious and snarling, a defining punk moment, while "Last One" is the sound of a studio being trashed. "Circle Of Lies" is absolutely great, with Fury barely being able to hold it all together, and "Shotgun" is an intense, crushing track, hardcore with an attitude. All of it is brilliant, of course, and a must-have for fans of late-’80s hardcore. A seminal release from a truly legendary, pioneering band.

Fury [I]Resurrection[/I] Review

You may never have heard of Fury. I had never heard about them prior to the news that for the first time ever the music was to be on cd, courtesy of Jade Tree. So when it came in the mail, I was totally interested. There isn’t anything in the world better than Washington DC area hardcore. Bands like Embrace, Minor Threat, and Rites of Spring built a solid and long standing tradition of the best hardcore in the US. And Fury lives up to the standard. Musically it’s like Negative Approach and Minor Threats rabid love child. Fusing jagged riffs with Chris Thomson’s incredible vocals, driving basslines, and run-amok drumbeats, this is a 12 minute kick in the face. But in a good way. It’s hardcore in it’s essence: fast and angry. Stand out tracks are "Psycho" and "Space Love" but don’t take that to mean that the other songs aren’t incredible: they are. It’s just a shame that Fury died out so shortly after it’s birth.

Fury [I]Resurrection[/I] Review

Hardcore kids have a nasty habit of anointing legend status on any band that happened to release a seven-inch before 1995. If said band happened to be from New York City or Washington DC, they were talked about and revered like ancient gods who broke up before showing the hardcore community the light. While it’s important for followers of any style of music to understand its history and roots, the hardcore/punk community often takes it to ridiculous extremes. It’s a good thing that albums by Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Flag or the Cro-Mags are still in circulation. However, it would be all too easy to make the argument that the money spent re-issuing albums by Outburst, Justice League, Up Front, Straight Ahead, etc., would be better spent promoting new bands. Honestly, do we really need to hear every crappy straight edge band who ever played CBGB’s to understand the style? Isn’t one Youth of Today and maybe a Gorilla Biscuits album enough? It’s not like any of these bands were doing anything radically different (I dare you to point out the immense style gap between Youth of Today and Bold, come on, just for fun, try it.)

Very rarely, on par with the frequency of Haley’s Comet, a label will re-release a rare hardcore recording that is actually worth owning. In this instance, Jade Tree Records has done just that by unearthing the Resurrection EP by seminal DC band Fury. The band, which existed for a couple of months in 1989, was made up of scene stalwarts Chris Thomson (of Ignition and Circus Lupus) on vocals, Jason Farrell (of Swiz, Sweetbelly Freakdown and Bluetip) on guitar, Shawn Brown (of Dag Nasty, Swiz, Sweetbelly Freakdown and Jesus Eater) on bass, and Alex Daniels on drums. What’s amazing about each member of this band is that they all were key members of bands who took the aggressiveness, energy and mentality of hardcore to other forms of music. Each band mentioned above played important roles in showing how hardcore could maintain its edge without getting stale. Fury seemed to link the band members’ harder, thrashier roots with the more expansive, experimental projects they are involved with today.

Fury, which came together just before Farrell and Brown would start Swiz, did one 12-minute recording session that Jade Tree has been kind enough to re-release. "Resurrection" immediately lays down the blueprint Swiz would apply throughout their illustrious career. The song is woven around a thundering bass line that is soon joined by piercing guitars that squeal like a muskrat caught in a bear trap. Fury reside on the edge of chaos; just as they are about to veer out of control, they rein in the sprawl, leaving you with the tightest of hardcore songs. "Space Love" is straight up DC-inspired thrash borrowing heavily from Minor Threat and Faith. Things get interesting on "Shotgun" — the song builds and builds as Chris Thomson rants like a madman calling for the end of the world. "Circle of Lies" maintains the intensity of "Shotgun" but is closer to falling off the rails before Brown’s bass rights the ship. "Psycho" is what a hardcore song should be: short, sweet and to the point, buzzing like a swarm of killer bees out of control all the while twitching like an epileptic snake. The last track, "Last One", is also the catchiest as the band winds down into an almost party atmosphere. Chunks of feedback are swatted back and forth as Thomson maintains an angry conversation with himself before declaring "I’m going to stop now".

Resurrection is twelve minutes of hardcore perfection recorded, packaged and delivered to you. It would be easy to insert a cliché like "It would be interesting to see what the band would have done on a full-length album." But there’s no need for that. The spirit and skill on display here can also be found in the bands that immediately followed Fury like Ignition, Swiz and Circus Lupus as well as the bands that are around now, Bluetip (who just broke up) and Jesus Eater. If you want to hear what hardcore should sound like or if you are a fan of any bands mentioned here, I suggest you pick up this EP and use it to brighten your day.

YOU NEED TO BUY THE FURY RESURRECTION (JT1077) CD EP

What the hell are you waiting for? The Fury Resurrection (JT1077) CD EP has been out for almost a month and you still haven’t picked it up? Don’t sleep on this dose of true-grit punk rock. This band burned themselves out before they even started and all that remains is this testament to punk’s true passion and, well, fury. Even the almighty rag Alternative Press said that "editors prayers" were answered with the release of this CD EP. What more can we say? Get off your ass and buy buy buy!

Fury [I]Resurrection[/I] Review

This DC band existed when I was just becoming a teenager and starting to discover the wonderful joys of commercial rap. Fury might be no NWA or Eric B and Rakim, but damn if this isn’t 12 amazing minutes of music. The chunky guitar build up of bands like Minor Threat or Black Flag with singer Chris Thomson sounding drunk and crazy like Darby Crash. All of the six songs are fast and make me want to explode, which in this case is a good thing.

Fury [I]Resurrection[/I] Review

This six song EP is a re-press of sorts, so it’s not actually new music from a new band. I believe it is actually something coming to compact disc for the first time now, which is good.
If you didn’t know, Fury has a very punk rock sound with some hardcore influences perhaps. Bands like the Sex Pistols combined with TSOL and other such bands combine to make the overall sound. This is a sound of punk that isn’t really too common right now. I remember an old CT punk band called the Reformed that sounded a bit like this, but otherwise, there aren’t many current bands that sound like Fury.
Definitely a band that has paved the way for punks to come, as well as other bands in genres that branch off of punk such as Four Hundred Years.
Six songs. If you have the means to get this, do so. If you’ve been waiting to hear it because you don’t have a record player, it’s your lucky day.

FURY ‘RESURRECTION’ (JT1077) CD EP AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

Fury existed in Washington, DC circa 1989 and featured active members of Ignition and Swiz. Musically, Fury was unapologetically hardcore in the vein of Void, Discharge, and Minor Threat. Vocally, Chris Thomson (in his singing debut) brought a whole new dimension/dementia like a punch drunk Johnny Rotten spouting indignation in turrets-like bursts through bloody lips, lambasting cadence and melody with conviction.

At the end of their short run, Fury managed to record all their songs in an uninterrupted 12-minute rant-to-tape. Years after the band’s demise these songs were released as a limited 7"EP by THD records and are finally available on CD for the first time.

FURY CD EP TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

Jade Tree is proud to announce the reissue of Fury’s limited edition 7" Resurrection on CD EP (JT1077). The CD EP is scheduled to be released June 11.

Fury was based in Washington D.C. and featured members of Ignition and Swiz. Their music was pure and unapologetically hardcore in the vein of bands such as Void, Discharge, and Minor Threat. The group managed to record all their songs in an uninterrupted 12-minute rant-to-tape which was released years after the band’s demise as a limited edition 7". These recordings have remained out-of-print for years and will finally be available on CD for the first time.

The CD will be available for pre-order beginning April 16.