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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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The Never Released “The Boom – 3rd LP” Recorded at Trans Am’s National Recording Studio

The Boom in Germany 1999

The Boom in Germany 1999

After The Crownhate Ruin broke up, Fred immediately started a new band called The Boom. Initially, they rehearsed in the basement where we lived, and then Fred moved and they rehearsed over there. They released two LP’s, “Movin’ Out” and “Any Day of the Night” on Slowdime and did a US tour.

I ran into Fred in the winter of 1999 at The Raven, and he told me they were planning on a European Tour in the late spring of that year. I jokingly said I wished I was going, and also told him that when I saw them recently at the Galaxy Hut, I loved the new songs where he played trumpet instead of guitar. Maybe I could play guitar with you I asked. And suddenly I was in the band.  I learned all the songs from mostly Any Day of the Night, and some from Movin’ Out. The line up that rehearsed in the Spring of 1999 was:

Fred Erskine on trumpet

Carlo Cennamo on saxophone

John Wall on bass

Joseph P. McRedmond on guitar

J. Carrier on drums

I believe we played at a party in Mt. Pleasant, WDC right before we left for the tour. We started the European tour landing in Amsterdam by way of Iceland and had a hell of a time and played everywhere. John Wall was booking more shows to the end of trip as we went along.

After we returned home, Fred and Carlo got to work on writing new songs, and recorded a 4 track demo to show us their ideas. It was at this time also that J. Carrier decided to join the Peace Corps, and he left the band to be replaced by Justin Wierbonski. Josh LaRue joined on electric piano.

We played only 2 shows with this line up. One at the Black Cat, and one in Baltimore at the Ottobar. We also recorded the material at Trans Am’s National Recording Studio, which was broken down into 7 tracks, but meant to be presented as one whole body of music. We had a tour planned of the US in August with this line up, but Justin suddenly left the band just prior to the start date and could not be replaced. The tour was cancelled. The gentleman in Belgium who was going to put the 3rd record out disappeared off of the face of the Earth. Fred and Carlo moved to Chicago to form HIM, and John went to Law School.

The songs are below to listen track by track, and if you like, the zip file is available below that for your downloading pleasure.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

Track 7

The Boom 3rd LP in zipfile form

The Boom in Rotterdam opening for The Subhumans

The Boom in Rotterdam opening for The Subhumans
Photo by Pat Graham maybe?

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