Dead Friends 2nd Tour Tape (Drugged Conscience): Dead Friends were a three piece from Florida that felt to me like they did a lot in not much time. Their discography includes a handful of demos/tour tapes, an LP, a 7”, a split tape (which astute readers might remember from EARLIER), and a live tape. The first time I saw them was at Fest 6 in Florida and I was awestruck. Fests can be draining and I’d been seeing bands all weekend. But, the frantic energy of their set was captivating and when I heard their 7” I felt it really translated. When I heard they changed drummers, I was worried. The drummer sang on a lot of the songs and I was hoping this wouldn’t detract from the chemistry. Luckily, they were uninhibited by the change and, while they added some grunge and subtracted a pinch of the Assfactor 4 spastic weirdness, the LP and live tape they did after the switch stands up against anything else. They held up live too, as I was lucky to witnessed when an old band of mine played with them in Muskegon, MI. They were loud, pummeling, and intense.
This tape is a tour tape that Drugged Conscience did for them that was limited to a mere 100 copies. It’s with the second drummer I believe and is made up of songs that would later be re-worked and re-recorded for their LP, plus the one of the great gems of this tape, an Assfactor 4 cover. The sound quality’s not great, but the songs are.