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The Homecoming – Central Pennsylvania US American Hardcore Punk Band 1987-1988

The Homecoming. Live in PA 1987/88. Photo by Chris & Crystal DiPietro.

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.

Track 1: Spoken Language

Track 2: Spirit

Track 3: Restitution

Track 4: Fly Through

Track 5: Comin’ Home

Download the whole Demo:

The Homecoming Demo 1987 Zip File

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 Demo tape cover, designed by Mike Harbin

The Homecoming, Live 1987, Craig Montgomery on drums.  Photo by Chris/Crystal DiPietro.

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. Mike Harbin on bass.
Photo by Chris/Crystal DiPietro.

The Homecoming Live in Lancaster, PA, 1987/88. Photo by Crystal DiPietro.

The Homecoming Live in Lancaster, PA, 1987/88.
Photo by Crystal DiPietro.

Homecoming flyer announcing the change in name from Sacred Hate.

Homecoming flyer announcing the change in name from Sacred Hate.

Homecoming flyer

Homecoming flyer

Another Homecoming flyer, 1987

Another Homecoming flyer, 1987

Homecoming flyer

Homecoming flyer quoting Bob Marley

Homecoming, announcement of record release

Homecoming, announcement of record release

Homecoming opening up for 76% Uncertain and the Pagan Babies, October 30th, 1987.

Homecoming opening up for 76% Uncertain and the Pagan Babies, October 30th, 1987.

Homecoming show flyer, but pretty sure they played as "Assfrag" instead.

Homecoming show flyer, but pretty sure they played as “Assfrag” instead.

Tourist Trap Fanzine #1 with Homecoming interview

Tourist Trap Fanzine #1 with Homecoming interview

Tourist Trap Fanzine #1 with Homecoming interview

Tourist Trap Fanzine #1 with Homecoming interview

 

 

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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

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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?

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El Paso’s Rhythm Pigs Self Titled LP Mordam Records MDR 2 1986

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