Surprisingly The Lead, who some label as Christian punk pioneers, don’t get much attention. From their beginnings in 1984 or so, The Lead released seven different albums/eps to go along with four other self-released titles before ending up on Roxx Records to release This Past Behind and Burn this Record in 1988-1989. Since then, they’ve been pretty quiet as a group. For Again, three of the original four band members reunited and even brought on Steve Rowe of Mortification for one track. The band produced the ep and it was mixed and mastered by Gary James Noland
This album takes me back as it has that basement recording, minimal produced feel to it that “underground” bands back when I was a kid often had. In all honesty, I had not heard of The Lead until getting this ep to review, which being an old hardcore kid who grew up when the Lead were coming on to the scene, makes me scratch my head a bit. Looking back through the internet comments on The Lead, they look to have brought on a good bit of disdain from the mainstream Christian community, with is why I didn’t at least hear of them, but also disappointing as I probably would have been a fan. I also grew up in a bit of a music wasteland, so didn’t get to hear about new music, so I blame that as well.