In 1984, 7seconds released their classic Punk album The Crew. Now for the first time ever, this groundbreaking album will see a deluxe remaster via Trust Records in a partnership with BYO Records. The remastered version includes remastered audio from the original analog tapes by David Gardner, a 20-page booklet on the band’s oral history and insights from figures such as Shepard Fairey, BYO founders, Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris & more. The physioball is available for pre-order now at the link below and will be available across digital streaming platforms (for the first time ever) on June, 25th, 2021. Listen and share a remastered version of “Young Till I Die” right now!
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Originally released on BYO Records in 1984, today Trust Records has announced The Crew – Deluxe Reissue, which sees its release on vinyl and for the first time ever, will be available across all digital streaming platforms come June 25. The audio has been remastered from the original analog tapes by producer David Gardner, who is known for his work remastering the entire Bad Brains’ back catalog. It has been immaculately repackaged as a gatefold and features a beautiful 20-page, full-color book on the oral history of the band from inception, through the making of The Crew. It also includes insights and anecdotes from the likes of Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, Damian Abraham, Brian Baker, Fat Mike, Roger Miret, BYO founders Mark and Sean Stern and many others. Also included are unpublished flyers, photos, and other fun little trinkets. The original packaging, including labels, lyric sheet, and original colorways, has been reproduced in exact detail.
Today you can listen to the remastered audio of “Young Till I Die,” which was a staple in their live set from 1984 until 2018, when the band officially disbanded. In the booklet from the deluxe version, frontman Kevin Seconds recounts “‘Young Until I Die’ was written in ’83. I was working at a casino and I remember writing the lyrics on the back of a Keno ticket. I was working this eight-hour shift as the guy that gave change out to people playing slot machines. The worst, most depressing job. The only thing that saved me was I was constantly writing lyrics on the back of these Keno tickets”.
The Crew Track Listing:
- Here’s Your Warning
- Definite Choice
- Not Just Boys Fun
- This Is The Angry Part 2
- Straight On
- You Lose
- What If There’s War In America
- The Crew
- Clenched Fists, Black Eyes
- Aim To Please
- Young Till I Die
- Red & Black
- I Have A Dream
More About 7Seconds:
7SECONDS formed on January 17th, 1980 in Reno, NV by the Marvelli brothers using their punk rock names “Kevin Seconds” and “Steve Youth”. The band played their first show on March 2, 1980. While not the first to describe themselves as “hardcore punk” (that credit goes to D.O.A.), 7SECONDS is arguably the first band to self-label themselves as primarily “hardcore.” They became the leaders of one of the unlikeliest music scenes to sprout up during the pioneering days of American Hardcore which they dubbed Skeeno. Embracing the DIY attitude of this blossoming underground music scene the band not only worked on their music, but also put out fanzines, and promoted shows with out of town bands ranging from Black Flag to Minor Threat. 7SECONDS released their debut single “Skins, Brains and Guts” on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label in 1981. In 1983 the band added drummer Troy Mowat to record their 2nd ep “Committed for Life”. That core lineup of Kevin, Steve, and Troy would remain intact until the bands official breakup in 2018.
After finding success playing shows down in Los Angeles, 7SECONDS was approached by the Better Youth Organization (BYO), founded by Shawn and Mark Stern to record their debut album. With little money they entered Prospective Sound in Los Angeles, CA. in early 1984 to record their classic debut LP- The Crew. The album took 3 days to record and mix, with the tracking being done live in 1 or 2 takes and the mix being done in a single day. The Crew ended up as 18 songs clocking in a hair above 20 minutes. The album propelled the band into the National spotlight allowing them to tour North America for 2 months during the Summer of 1984. They would go on to record 8 more full length albums including a few on major labels. The band quickly became an international success touring multiple times in both North America and Europe, including every major music festival during their existence. They became recognized as one of the classic American Hardcore bands who’s influence as Jello Biafra states – “Set the template” for hundreds of likeminded bands who came after.
More About Trust Records:
Trust Records was formed to give seminal punk and hardcore records the home they deserve. The life-changing records of these genres sprung from DIY roots to influence millions of disaffected kids around the world. Unfortunately, many of these records have been treated poorly as we’ve moved into the streaming age – out of print, under-monetized or not properly accounted for. As we continue to move forward in time, it’s crucial to keep their spirit and legacy alive. Trust’s mission is to ensure this music is available for all future generations while also getting the story right.
In 2020 they launched with a whopper of release: Circle Jerks’ 1980’s landmark, Group Sex. The genre-shaping, fifteen minute album was given the “Trust” treatment for its 40th Anniversary. The deluxe reissue included packaging by Robert Fisher, designer of Nirvana’s Nevermind, a bonus recording of a 1980 rehearsal, a 20-page booklet including unreleased photos and anecdotes from Tony Hawk, Mike Patton, Shepard Fairey, Ian MacKaye, Lars Frederiksen and so many others, in addition to a quality repackaging in a limited colored vinyl schema. The remastered audio, which also included 5 bonus songs from Circle Jerks’ first rehearsal in 1980, were also made available across all digital retailers. It sold out in just under 24 hours but a second pressing is underway and will hit stores in May 2021, limited to just 1500 copies and is available for pre-order now exclusively on Trust’s official webstore which launched last week. TrustRecordsCompany.com will house all your favorite punk cornerstones bringing new and exclusive apparel, accessories, vinyl, books, art and so much more. Trust will partner on merch with each iconic artist for every release along the way. Open now, you can already find official Circle Jerks, 7Seconds and BYO Records.
Trust Records was the brainchild of Matt Pincus and Joe Nelson, who met as hardcore kids and went on to build successful careers in music. Matt, who is Non-Executive Founder of Trust, was the bass player of legendary New York hardcore band Judge, went on to found and run SONGS, the leading contemporary music publishing company of its time. Publisher of the Weeknd, Lorde, Diplo, DJ Mustard and many of the world’s leading songwriters and artists, SONGS was the principal competitor to the major label publishers until its sale in 2017.
Joe, who is Co-Founder and GM of Trust, is a music merchandise veteran of two decades. Most recently as Senior Vice President of the Araca Group, and previously at Band Merch and Cinder Block, Joe created merchandising programs for over 100 artists including Run the Jewels, Leon Bridges, Phantogram, The Offspring, AFI, Britney Spears, Papa Roach, Slayer, Motorhead, Bon Jovi, Death Row Records, NWA and Evanescence.
With Trust Records, Matt and Joe want to give back to the scene that got them started in music. The idea for the label came out of Know Your Rights, a non-profit music publisher for hardcore bands such as Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today started while Matt was running SONGS. “Hardcore is inherently about DIY, but DIY by definition has no infrastructure,” details Matt about the inherent differences about the genre. “So, when you start to think generationally there becomes a real fear that this music will become lost. Because I ran a publishing company, we started with songwriters. After Joe came aboard, we realized that the best way to preserve and promote hardcore was by starting a label.”
So, Trust Records was born to help get watershed releases back into the hands of the public– to be for hardcore what Folkways is for American folk music or Trojan Records is for ska and reggae. With Joe now at the helm of the project, the label’s mission is to refresh and release these landmarks befitting the respect they deserve in the canon.
Look for Trust Records to roll out essential hallmarks of the hardcore and punk scenes — starting back with Group Sex in 2020 and on, until infinity. As we move farther away from that original era and the influence of those independent records becomes more and more pronounced, preserving some of these classic albums are crucial not only to music culture, but the spirit of DIY and conscientious objection in total. These ideas not only ripple through art but through protest, political upheaval and independent thought.