Release Info: Grand Mal - Binge Purge ep (1985, Fountain of Youth)
This one is comparatively abrasive to swag I usually share, but then again, we all need a little roughage on our musical palette. Grand Mal (formally Wurm Baby from what I'm told) were punk/hardcore kids from D.C. who opted for a doomy, noir angle on this ep, falling somewhere between early Agent Orange and Beneath the Shadows-era T.S.O.L. If you ask me, Grand Mal were most effective when sticking to a straightforward punk motif, evidenced by the driving and surly panache of "DNO" and "Fear to Feel," though I'm under the impression that the title cut was the intended centerpiece here. Onechord blog did a nice piece on the group a few years ago, and are streaming two songs, including a vital demo take of "Binge Purge" that outdoes the version here by quite a margin.
01. Binge Purge
02. Parade's End
05. Fear to Feel
06. Fever Dream