Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lincoln Videos

Since there's good number of these floating around on the youtubes, I thought I post them up here to share my checkered past with all the readers of my blog.

Lincoln was the band that I played drums for in the early 1990s. We are considered by some to be one of the originators of the sound that became known as "Emo".

Although this isn't really accurate in the truest sense, since even back when Lincoln was playing there was already something called Emo, but it was a different sound.  It wasn't as heavy and the vocal style of Emo of the late 80s was more post-punk like Dag Nasty or Some of the early ALL recordings. So I guess Lincoln could be considered a band that influenced modern interpretation as to what is considered Emo, filled with super heavy dissonant guitars, screaming vocals and spastic drumming to a relatively medium tempo.  However, I don't and never did consider Lincoln an Emo band, we were just a rock band to my ears, and a pretty darn good one at that.

The history of Lincoln starts out in the late 80s in Morgantown, WV as a 3 piece called Ice Fan with me on Drums, Jay Demko on bass and vocals, and John Herod on Guitar and Vocals. Later we added bassist Dan Ball and Jay moved to just vocals. Our sound became a lot heavier and hardcore until Dan moved away and we got Johanna Clausen to take his place. At this time Jay Demko started playing guitar as well instead of just singing. With drums, bass, two guitars and Jay screaming, It was at this time the name changed to Lincoln and our song structures started to advance.

We played tons of shows throughout the North East US and Dan moved back to Morgantown taking back his slot on bass. Once Dan was back in the band our sound evolved once again to a more complex and dynamic sound. Dan and I always locked on quite well rhythmically. Not to take anything away from Johanna, looking back at these videos the one with her in it is quite good.

We toured most of the US in 1993 and it was quite successful and we were actually returning with money made! But sadly, the fun was short-lived since upon our return vocalist/singer Jay Demko announced he was quitting the band for personal reasons.

Overall Lincoln/Ice Fan lasted around 5 years and still to this day the tour in 1993 is one of my fondest memories. We released a handful of 7"s as lincoln, and one extremely rare comp 7" as Ice Fan on Shredder Records in the late 80s. Its so cool to see people posting these videos online and seeing so many nice comments about the music even to this day.

The first video here is one of our last shows of the 93 tour in Detroit, Michigan-




The next video here is also from the 93 tour in Washington DC, I remember we played with the Krishna Hardcore band "Shelter" that night




This one was from somewhere in Pennsylvania and was an early date on the 93 tour




This last set of videos is the oldest live Lincoln footage I've found to date. It is probably from somewhere around 1991 or 1992 and was shot at a place called The Hanger in Wheeling, WV.  My God I'm young here, and check out my cool "Dead Milk Men" haircut!




20 comments:

  1. great stuff and I still follow the old motown bands, and love to see these old vids pop up. I'd love to get a coy, even mp3's, of the icefan 7". I used to have a copy of it, sadly it was lost at some point in my travels..

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  2. Thank you my friend. We are actually in the process of re-releasing all of the Lincoln/Ice Fan/Enderhall material. I've already remastered all of the Lincoln stuff. There's going to be some unreleased material as well. Thanks for still being into this stuff after all these years. I'll definitely post here when it's out. Also, if you get a chance check out my new album "coruja" there's a lot of drumming on it.

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  3. Hi Justin, I Just want to say that I'm a huge fan of lincoln and you're drumming in particular. I sold and gave away most of my hardcore vinyl but have kept the lincoln/hoover split and and the other 2 7". I still listen to them today even though my musical tastes aren't anywhere close to that sound. Lincoln was very interesting musically and a breath of fresh air to the hardcore scene. Not that I would really consider you hardcore/emo. I also play drums and was hugely influenced by you. I saw you play live back in 93 when I was 15 yrs old and was greatly impressed with your skills especially with how young you were. I play guitar in a band now and introduced our drummer to lincoln and he loves it. I can't wait to hear your new material.

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  4. Hi Kevin,

    I really appreciate those words my friend. Thank you so much for being supportive. It really means a lot to me.

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  5. Justin. You know both Bala and the union deposit road gave much more than a nod to Lincoln..

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  6. Any word on when the Lincoln /Enderhall / Ice Fan stuff will be out?

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  7. You are one of my favorite drummers ever and I have loved all the bands you have played in. The last unreleased Boom LP is amazing!! I was in the band Copper on Equal Vision Records. I also have used a bell since seeing you and Brendan Canty using them. We are very close in age. You have been a huge influence on me and my drumming and I can't thank you enough. I can't wait to hear and have all the remastered music.

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  8. Thank you so much Tim. I can't tell you how nice it is to hear all of that. You seriously just made my day :) The bell thing is funny, it's actually still sitting in my Dad's basement back in WVA, where I think I retired it after Lincoln broke up, haha. I've been threatening to go up there and get it and start using it again, but I don't know if it would feel right anymore. It's funny how I hear about that Boom album too, and I wonder how so many people have heard it. We actually did a whole session of improvised stuff in that same studio time as well that I never did hear, but it might be out there somewhere and was pretty lengthy. If you get a moment, check out my newest project, The Children of Mu http://justinrobert.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/the-children-of-mu-sessions-2011/ We have a split 7" coming out soon with Oh Halo from NY very soon, I just got the test pressing. As far as the Lincoln remastered material, it seems like it got put on the back burner again for a bit, but here in the next few months I'm going to get it back on the table and round up everything and everybody and see what we can do.

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  9. The Children of Mu is great!!!! I will most certainly keep checking in for updates. I'd love to hear that Boom improv stuff too. I am so happy that I came across your site. By the way of course the Kukim stuff was also amazing. That's funny about your bell. :) I still use mine as my tribute to you and Brendan Canty :) I am glad you are still so active with music, Photography etc. How long have been in Florida? I am from Buffalo but live in Philadelphia now.

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  10. Sice the discog is on hold, would it be possible to put together something to hold us over? I have been waiting for over 15 years for this! Freaking greatest bands ever!

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  11. I know, I'm really sorry this has been taking so long. But the good news is I have already finished remastering all of the old stuff, as well as located a couple of never before released tracks. I will get back to this sometime in the coming months. Really all that is left is cover art final track selection. Thanks for your interest. In the mean time check out my download store and Jay's new band, Centers who are awesome. You'll find links to both on the home page.

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  12. Jay's new band is great!! Can't wait for the Lincoln stuff.

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  13. really stoked... and I wish people would stop calling the live Lincoln radio show "unreleased lp"... just to clear the air was there an unreleased lp? and was there a demo?

    can you tell us exactly is going to be on the discog?

    I am from WV and missed Lincoln by 1 year. It is amazing to hear the songs... such staying power. One of the ONLY bands from back then that I never get tired of. My brother and I are actually working on a few lincoln cover tracks. I'll let you know how they turn out.

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  14. Hi Ryan, well I can´t tell you exactly what will be on there yet, because we still need to decide on the official track listing. However it will most likely include the later Icefan recordings (which had a few different versions of songs from the first 7") The complete Lincoln WGNS sessions remastered (this will definitely be on there, since it is by far the highest quality of any of the other material. As well as include some Enderhall, who actually did record a full album.

    But as far as lincoln, you're right, we never recorded a full length album and radio show is pretty horrid in my opinion. I'm not sure that I want to include any of it on the release.

    Lincoln cover tracks? Awesome man, I´m totally flattered!

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  15. Something you guys might be interested in. I managed to find the Shredder Icefan 7" online ! http://www.vinyl45lp.com/record/va-the_worlds_in_shreds_volume_5.html

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  16. also, I found a download of it here http://filetram.com/mediafire/the-worlds-in-shreds-comp-vol-5-rar-1087233146 I don't know if the link works, but its worth a try!

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  17. cool thanks!

    was there the "live" show and the WGNS?

    enderhall material will be awesome to have!!! what about Kukim?

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  19. I have some enderhall and kukim stuff.. As well as some of the unreleased lincoln songs + footage of you guys in the studio and various live footage from the tour with ashes. Got it from some mtown local many years ago.. I think he played bass in either enderhall or kukim. I forget, it was years ago.. But man, that stuff needs to see the light of day. Justin.. I need to pm you on fb.. Been meaning to. - Aaron S.

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    1. damn man, I would love to get whatever you have. Please message me jwierbonski at yahoo dot com. If you have stuff digitized already I have a ton of space on google drive, or you could snailmail me stuff. I would greatly appreciate that!

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