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Produced in 1981 in Washington, DC, the brief career of the hardcore punk group is at retrospect an important breeding ground for a few of American alternative rock?s most fêted music artists. The initial line-up comprised Alec MacKaye (vocals, ex-Untouchables), Michael Hampton (electric guitar, ex-State Of Alert), Chris Bald (bass), and Ivor Hanson (drums). The quartet’s initial discharge was a frenetic split-LP that matched their studio room recordings with those with the lately disbanded thrash punk clothing Void. Guitarist Eddie Machete (b. Eddie Janney), MacKaye’s previous bandmate within the Untouchables, was put into the line-up for 1983’s AT THE MERCY OF Transformation EP. The EP signposted a far more progressive musical path, but soon after its discharge the band split up. Hampton, Bald and Hanson continued to create emo forerunners Embrace with Ian MacKaye, while Janney became a member of Man Picciotto in Rites Of Springtime.

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