The Homecoming. Live in PA 1987/88. Photo by Chris & Crystal DiPietro.
The Homecoming was a Central Pennsylvania American hardcore punk band active from 1987 to 1988. The Homecoming formed when Hans Bowers was present in the studio during Sacred Hate’s demo recording. It was mutually agreed that Hans should join Sacred Hate on lead guitar. The band decided to become a five piece and change their name to The Homecoming.
The Homecoming was:
Sean Linwood – Vocals
Hans Bowers – Lead Guitar, backing vocals
Joe McRedmond – Rhythm Guitar, backing vocals
Mike Harbin – Bass Guitar, backing vocals
Craig Montgomery – Drums, backing vocals, and rap on “Spirit”
The Homecoming recorded a 5 song demo cassette with Jeff Meglio & Dave Kampel on a Fostex 80-8A.
The recording was done in September and October 1987.
For reasons unknown, Hans Bowers quit the band in the spring/early summer of 1988. The 4 remaining members who were once Sacred Hate, continued to play under the name Fuse, before eventually becoming Admiral.
The Homecoming Demo tape cover, designed by Mike Harbin
The Homecoming, Live 1987, Craig Montgomery on drums. Photo by Chris/Crystal DiPietro.
The Homecoming Live. Mike Harbin on bass. Photo by Chris/Crystal DiPietro.
The Homecoming Live in Lancaster, PA, 1987/88. Photo by Crystal DiPietro.
Homecoming flyer announcing the change in name from Sacred Hate.
Another Homecoming flyer, 1987
Homecoming flyer quoting Bob Marley
Homecoming, announcement of record release
Homecoming opening up for 76% Uncertain and the Pagan Babies, October 30th, 1987.
Homecoming show flyer, but pretty sure they played as “Assfrag” instead.
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.
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.
Even the Boombox Tape had a lyric sheet, albeit handwritten.
Opening for SNFU January 1987
I saw the Rhythm Pigs once at the old 9:30 club before I lived in DC. I forget what year. I think the original version of Shudder to Think opened for them, and that was the first time I saw them too. There’s a cover of the Peanuts theme on this record! What are these guys up to now?