Pailhead – Trait (1988)

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I first heard Pailhead on the classic skate flick Streets on Fire back when I was thirteen. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I only found out this year it’s Ian Mackaye (of Minor Threat and Fugazi) singing on the tracks. Streets on Fire got me into the Descendents, Black Flag and Sonic Youth. I liked the whole soundtrack, it was just the kind of music I was looking for at the time. I sought out the bands mentioned immediately. Around this time I got into Minor Threat probably my favourite band and I love everything Ian’s done, so I should have made the connection. Trait released on Wax Trax! Records is the sole CD release from Pailhead a collaboration with Ian Mackaye and Al Jourgensen of Ministry. The release also contains other members of Ministry and Naked Raygun drummer Eric Spicer so this could definitely be regarded as a super-group. It’s unfortunately out of print although second hand copies are quite affordable and easy to find otherwise it’s up on Spotify.

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