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Epicycle - You're Not Gonna Get It 1978-81 lp (Hozac)

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"Chicago: summer of '79. I remember catching many inspiring shows by the remarkably epic mod/pop band Epicycle. They were the most melodic and anthemic (and youngest) of the Chicago bands I was lucky enough to witness, and were undeniably the hit of the punk/alternative loft party circuit that summer."

-Bruce Pavitt, Subterranean Pop Fanzine/Sub Pop Records founder

 
Like a snotty bottle rocket shot out of The Damned’s dressing room and straight into the gut of
Cheap Trick, suburban Chicago's sorely under appreciated teen punk pioneers, EPICYCLE, were
left out by most modern historical accounts of Midwest underground music of the time, which is
such a shame. We here at HoZac first contacted the band about 10 years ago when researching
our 'Trunk City Punk: Chicago Underground 1976-81' feature article for Horizontal Action Magazine,
so it was only natural as we evoled into a record label that we needed to rescue these tracks
from the cracks of history. With this compilation LP, we present to you the original punch this
band was trying to deliver with their three incredible singles, and tracks from their sole LP, along
with some pre-razored demos from their earliest sessions, when they were angry, young, and
unstoppable.

Although the band were ambitious enough to do everything themselves (back when that didn't
need an annoying acronym), they went above and beyond and even started their own record
label, 'Circkle,' and released three singles, an LP, and a handful of singles for other bands, all within
a span of a few years, yet it just wasn't enough, despite some key local supporters in the rock'n
roll underground. One of their earliest and most enthusiastic champions was none other than
Subterranean Pop fanzine editor, and future Sub Pop Records co-founder, Bruce Pavitt, before
he left the Midwest for Evergreen University. It was clear that Pavitt was attempting to become
the band manager and he had even laid out a multi-point system of attack for the band, luckily of
which the original handwritten copy still exists!  Another notable band released on the Circkle
label was Identity Crisis, who featured a teenage Kim Thayil (along with Pavitt’s brother,John)
before he followed Bruce out to Seattle and started Soundgarden a few years later, by default,
tying EPICYCLE into the fabric of the primitive beginnings of Sub Pop in it's original Midwest
manifestation.

As one of only a handful of Chicago punk/new wave bands with an actual record out in the late
1970s, EPICYCLE hit the scene hard and could be found not only gigging around the usual local
punk spots such as Tut's, O'Banion's, Gaspar's, Lucky #, and Space Place, but also at Winnetka
all-ages shows, and northwest suburban Glencoe teen dance halls just as well. Their raw-edged
pop cut a fine line between the emerging punk and powerpop worlds, and compared with
regional bands such as Shoes, Pezband, The Names and many others in the shadow of post-
"Surrender" Cheap Trick, they were far younger and more aggressive, yet still just as talented
and refined when it was in order. But for all intents and purposes, this is the sound of pure teen
punk with a knack for hooks and harmonies, and is just as essential of a document of Chicago’s
underground sound of the late 1970s as any of the more well-known usual suspects, who are
more than likely the subjects of their classic song, “Hardcore Punk.” -VictimofTime.com

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 22 November, 2013.

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