Sunday, July 3, 2011

Selective Outrage - Pearl River , N.Y. ( 1986 - 1988 )

SELECTIVE OUTRAGE – Pearl River, N.Y. (1986 to 1988)

By the summer of 1985, Hardcore Punk and Heavy Metal…former enemies at large, we’re now starting to notice each other. It wasn’t yet at this point a full blown love affair, but it is safe to say that some interest beyond the standard “hmmmm?” was beginning to happen. Depending on who you consult on this issue, this was either evolution or blasphemy for both camps…..yet as Victor Hugo once said (and I paraphrase) “ No army can stop an idea whose time has come”. Welcome to the story of Selective Outrage……Rockland County’s first “Thrashcore” band.

Selective Outrage began in the spring of 1986, with vocalist Chris Skelly and guitarist Mike Wilson coming together over their shared mutual loves of bands like Discharge, Slayer, Angry Samoans, Metallica, Adrenalin O.D., etc……and wanting to create a project that reflected these shared influences. Mike O’Keefe (bass) and Manny Fasano (drums) were brought in as the rhythm section, and songwriting began in earnest.

Shortly after compiling a sturdy roster of about 10 to 12 quick, and angry songs….Selective Outrage played their first show at a party thrown by future members of the North Rockland metal band Killpower. Selective Outrage left the metalheads stunned with a 25 minute set of ferocious hardcore punk / metal that no one had seen up until that point. The future members of Syianic we’re in attendance at this show, and their excitement of what they had just seen helped to forge a tight alliance with Selective Outrage that lasted until the demise of both bands.

Selective Outrage next went into the studio to record their first “8 Song” demo, and this tape quickly made the rounds of the burgeoning Rockland County hardcore / metal scenes. Their sound was a ferocious mix of high speed punk riffs, and technical metal structure….with a lyrical base that delved into topics such as war, politics, scene division, and personal liberty. Even with this new scene starting to grow…..venues we’re elusive, and fear of these “lunatic” kids made shows even harder to come by. In the early spring of 1987…Chris Skelly and Mike Wilson walked into a rinky dink bar in Nyack, N.Y. called “Blondies” and asked the owner if she would be interested in hosting an all ages matinee show for some of the up and coming bands in this scene, to which she reluctantly said yes. With massive promotion through flyers and word of mouth……the four band bill of Selective Outrage, Syianic, Malicious Onslaught & Violent Youth drew close to 250 paying customers, and marked the new age, and new home of Rockland County hardcore and metal. Shows at this venue (which has gone through a variety of name changes) continue to this day.

Selective Outrage continued to play, and organize shows in Rockland County, and North Jersey through 1987, and in 1988 recorded their 2nd demo called “We’re All Mad”. This demo saw Selective Outrage progress to an even more technical and brutal sound, and was greeted with much acclaim in fanzines, and received moderate radio airplay on college stations throughout the country.

1988 saw the demise of Selective Outrage simply due to the fact that the band had run it’s course, and the members we’re looking towards other projects and futures.

Selective Outrage will always be remembered as the band that started it all for the 2nd wave of Rockland County hardcore and metal, and how they worked tirelessly to create a viable scene…. where one hadn’t existed before...Chris S.

Selective Outrage - recorded history.

1985/1986 - Practice Tape - Containing 3 never recorded songs

01. Spock - The Space Hippies / Aids
02. Vision
03. Barking At Religion


1986 Demo Tape

01. Dump Trucks
02. Peer Pressure
03. Mr. God
04. Unity
05. Vaticon
06. Think For Yourself
07. The Cries
08. Wargames
09. Manson


1988 Demo Tape

01. This Is Not A Test
02. Living The Horror
03. Crucifixion Party
04. Children of Democracy
05. State Violence / State Control ( Discharge cover)


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