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Sacred Hate – Central Pennsylvania American Hardcore Punk Band, 1986-1987

Sacred Hate Live at The West Shore Democratic Club, Enola, PA 1986. Photo by Chris & Crystal DiPietro

Sacred Hate Live at The West Shore Democratic Club, Enola, PA 1986.
Photo by Chris & Crystal DiPietro

Sacred Hate were a Harrisburg, PA based hardcore punk band who formed after members met each other at a Beefeater, Late Teens, 2nd Crisis show at Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg in May 1986.

Sacred Hate were active from 1986 to 1987, and played a lot of shows that year opening for GI, SNFU, Dag Nasty, etc, and always tried to borrow the bigger band’s equipment very occasionally successfully. Mean age of the band was 17.

Members were:

Sean Linwood – Vocals

Joe McRedmond – Guitar

Mike Harbin – Bass

Craig Montgomery – Drums

Sacred Hate recorded a 5 song demo tape, “Experience the Insanity” in April 1987 at Sawdust Studio with Jeff Meglio.

Sacred Hate changed their name to The Homecoming when they added Hans Bowers to lead guitar and became a five piece, as Hans was present in the studio when the “Experience the Insanity” demo was recorded, and he asked to join the band.  Joe McRedmond used Hans’ Fender Stratocaster on the recording . Members later went on to be in Fuse, Admiral, Lost Summer Days, Soft Complex, Hoover, Navio Forge, The Crownhate Ruin, Black River Mafia, etc, etc., and are still active in bands up to the present. Sadly, Craig Montgomery, rest in peace,  passed away in 1997.

The “Experience the Insanity” Demo – 1987:

Track 1, Opinions

Track 2, Decide

Track 3, True Questions

Track 4, XoXo – We Hate You!

Track 5, Society’s Discharge


Download the full demo here: Sacred Hate – Demo 1987


Sacred Hate Demo Tape Cover 1987. Designed by Mike Harbin.

Sacred Hate Demo Tape Cover 1987. Designed by Mike Harbin.

Sacred Hate "Experience the Insanity" Demo 1987 Lyric Sheet.

Sacred Hate “Experience the Insanity” Demo 1987 Lyric Sheet.

Sacred Hate Experience the Insanity Demo Release Flyer Advertisement

Sacred Hate Experience the Insanity Demo Release Flyer Advertisement

For the hardcore heads, I am including songs from Sacred Hate’s “Boombox Tape 1986” that were not ever recorded in a studio, but were played at the many shows occurring over the 1986/1987 time period:

Track 1, New Instrumental

Track 2, Campus Life

Track 3, Impression on Route 22

Track 4, Anarchy Girl

Track 5, Pizza Deliveries

Track 6, Trust

Track 7, Our Forces

Track 8, Our War Song

Track 9, Tired Eyes

Track 10, Hall of Fame (GI Cover)

Track 11, For Your Love (Yardbirds Cover)

Track 12, Show Us What You’ve Got

Track 13, Impression on Route 22 (Alternate Version)

Track 14, Keep the Spark Alive

Track 15, Elevator

Track 16, Our War Song (Alternate Version)

Track 17, I Don’t Need You


Download the full boombox tape here: Sacred Hate – Boombox Tape 1986


Even the Boombox Tape had a lyric sheet, albeit handwritten.

Even the Boombox Tape had a lyric sheet, albeit handwritten.

Opening for SNFU January 1987

Opening for SNFU January 1987

Tapes I'm Listening To

Cassette Tape 2: Getaway Car demo featuring Kim Thompson, Mike Fellows, and Guy Picciotto recorded live at the 9:30 club in 1993

Getaway Car Demo Cover

Getaway Car Demo Cover

Here I am at home listening to the 2nd cassette I found after just hooking my friend’s tape player up. I moved 3 years ago, and haven’t looked at the box all the cassettes were packed in since then. And even before the move, I wasn’t listening to many cassettes at home, though I did listen to a lot in the car, as I used to drive a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with a kick ass factory installed cassette player. The car was burgundy both interior and exterior. Sure do miss my Camille.

Anyhow, today I am listening to the Getaway Car demo. This demo tape was recorded live off of the soundboard at the old 9:30 club in Washington, DC in 1993. I cannot for the life of me remember if I went to that specific show, but I did see them live at the time, as I had just moved to DC in 1991. I bought the cassette demo directly from Kim Thompson at one of their shows, just not sure which one. Feels like it was at a party, and I feel like when I saw them it was just Mike Fellows and Kim, with no drummer. But it was 20 or so years ago, so it’s kind of hard to remember. The demo tape was released on Rodeo Recordings which was Kim Thompson’s label.  Her goal as stated on the insert (pictured below) was “dedicated to making available music that might not otherwise be released, such as bands that have now dissolved, project bands and live tapes.” It was the second Rodeo release, and the only one that I am familiar with.

The line up on the demo is:
Mike Fellows (guitar & vox):  Insurrection, Government Issue (G.I.), Rites of Spring, Happy Go Licky, Little Baby, Miighty Flashlight , Silver Jews, Royal Trux and Will Oldham , and maybe more.

Kim Thompson (guitar & vox): Cupid Car Club (check this link out for their demo), Apehouse,  and The Delta 72.

Guy Picciotto (drums):  
Insurrection, Rites of Spring, Happy Go Licky, One Last Wish, Fugazi, Black Light Panthers, Brief Weeds, record producer and  back-up musician for the late Vic Chesnutt.

This recording definitely has all the elements you would expect considering the other music the players have been involved with over time. Royal Trux, The Cramps, The Velvet Underground, and The Dream Syndicate are what come to mind while listening to this tape over and over again (it’s pretty short). Also important to note is that although this was recorded live, none of these songs sound out of tune, therefore they will not be listed on my previous post.

Track Listing:

Side A.

Whatever You’re Hard On

Knockout Artist

Hey Saturn

Fuck On Off

Kreem Me Man

Side B.

Sony Radio

I’m Not So Strange

He’s My Thing

Thanks for the Time of Day

You may ask yourself, “How do I get to hear these rare pieces of music now that you got me super excited about it?” And I am going to answer you. I was originally going to go through the tedium of burning the songs off of the tape onto a CD once I hook the Sony CD burner up, and then transfer to my computer, and then post for you a link to access the songs on some media storage site, but then I found that someone already went through this process in 2010.

If you check out this page over here at Chunklet, make sure you thank him for allowing you to listen and download the Getaway Car demo. I did not need to do this, because, you know, I have the cassette. That’s what I’ve been talking about this whole time.

Getaway Car Demo Insert

Getaway Car Demo Insert

Please note that the below address may no longer house any Getaway Car occupants.

Getaway Car Demo Cassette

Getaway Car Demo Cassette

Please let us know if you have a copy of the Apehouse demo also featuring Kim Thompson.