Dec 272018
 

Punk rock wasn’t always the domain of photogenic young things given to emotionalism. When “hardcore” was the adjective commonly used to modify “punk” in the 1980s, primal musical aggression and tempos verering toward the supersonic demanded equally forceful lyrical content delivered with commensurate conviction.

Entering the hardcore fray in mid-decade were The Lead. Nearly all of the co-ed Florida trio’s studio output is now collected in a compilation called Hardcore For Jesus. The four years of artistic evoltion it evidences is as revelatory as its evangelistic/testimonial fervor.

From their debut four-song 7-inch EP in ’85, The Lead distinguished itself, but not only by their Christianity. Having dual lead vocalist-songwriters in guitarist Julio Rey and bassist Nina Llopis set them apart, as did a vanguely English attack on such numbers as ‘It’s Thru You’ and anti-abortion ‘Better Off.’

Drummer Robbie Christie began contributing verses and vocals with the act’s longest release, ’86’s cassette-only Return Fire. A virtuosic tightness began to develop amid the lo-fi cacaphony. ‘Lead Us To Salvation’ evinced a power-boogie spawl, ‘Emergency’ and ‘The Law Of Love’ messed with club beats before the latter skidded into a hyper-frenzied 180 with ‘Throwaway.’ Llopis begins to sound all the more feminine on numbers such as ‘Take Him Home,’ and Rey maims blues influence on ‘No Religion.’ Continue reading »

Nov 142018
 

Roxx Records in conjunction with The Lead are very proud to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic seminal Christian punk album “The Past Behind.”

1988 was a pivotal year for Christian music. The first major wave of metal and punk bands became established, with major label releases from Believer and Vengeance and with the Crucified making their debut at Cornerstone Festival.

In the nascent Christian underground music scene, 1988 was the year of fast-and-loud-rules, no-nonsense, hardcore punk and speed metal crossover thrash. And The Lead were right in the middle of it all with their second appearance at Cornerstone and the major-label release of a re-recorded version of the EP that the band had self-released a year earlier, called The Past Behind, which was released on cassette and vinyl only at that time. Continue reading »

The Lead – “Again” (ep)

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Feb 112018
 

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. Continue reading »

Jan 282018
 

Christian Punk legends The Lead have returned with a brand new 4 track EP entitled “Again.” scheduled to be released on Feb. 23 via Roxx Records. All 3 original members, Julio Rey, Nina Llopis, Rob Christie, have reunited to record and release this very special limited edition EP. Check out the lyric video for ‘Dressed In A Robe (Rev. 19)’ below.

Having a total of 7 official releases under their belt with 4 self-released titles before releasing two titles on REX Records including “The Past Behind” in 1988 and “Burn This Record” in 1989, it has been over 29 years since this legendary Christian Punk outfit has had an official release. Well the time has come and you are about to witness the official return of The Lead! Continue reading »

Jan 102018
 

Christian Punk legends The Lead have returned with a brand new 4 track EP entitled “Again.” scheduled to be released via Roxx Records. All 3 original members, Julio Rey, Nina Llopis, Rob Christie, have reunited to record and release this very special limited edition EP.

Having a total of 7 official releases under their belt with 4 self-released titles before releasing two titles on REX Records including “The Past Behind” in 1988 and “Burn This Record” in 1989, it has been over 29 years since this legendary Christian Punk outfit has had an official release. Well the time has come and you are about to witness the official return of The Lead! Continue reading »