Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Moss Icon

***THIS ITEM IS FOR SALE*** SEE END OF POST

I never knew much about this band, except that they came out of Maryland and the greater D.C. area Emo scene. Of all sites, Ticketmaster.com has this nifty bio:

Moss Icon In-depth Biography

Even more obscure than they were groundbreaking, Moss Icon was an early emo band whose music remains chiefly the province of hardcore collectors and underground historians. Whether that music directly influenced or simply presaged modern emo, Moss Icon's shifting dynamics, chiming guitar arpeggios, and screaming, crying vocal climaxes helped set the template for much of the emocore that followed in its wake. Typical for many late-'80s emocore bands, Moss Icon led an unstable existence; due in part to the members' youth, they performed and recorded only sporadically, and were on hiatus as often as not. Their first CD release didn't occur until several years after their breakup, following distantly on the heels of limited chunks of material for very small labels. Thus, despite increasing name-checks during emo's rise to prominence, Moss Icon remained a mystery to many.

Moss Icon was formed in Annapolis, Maryland in 1986, when its members were still in high school. Guitarist Tonie Joy, singer Jonathan Vance, bassist Monica DiGialleonardo, and drummer Mark Laurence played their first show as Moss Icon in the summer of 1987. In early 1988, they issued their debut 7," "Hate in Me" (aka "Greta Garbo") on Vermin Scum, the small indie label Joy co-founded in conjunction with members of fellow Annapolis band the Hated. A second 7," Mahpiua Luta, followed in 1989, after which the band alternated between spurts of rehearsals and inactivity. From 1989-90, Vance and Laurence also played in a side project called Breathing Walker with guitarist Alex Badertscher, which later came to include Joy and DiGialleonardo as well. Badertscher joined Moss Icon as second guitarist in time for their third single, 1990s "Memorial."

Moss Icon remained together for approximately one more year after that, during which time they released a split LP with Silver Bearing. They had attempted to complete a full-length album, but the results of an initial session were abandoned, then redone at a later date. The LP went unreleased during the band's existence, and finally appeared on vinyl in 1994 on the Vermiform label, under the title Lyburnum (aka Lyburnum Wit's End Liberation Fly). Additionally, a half-live/half-studio 12" called It Disappears was released by Ebullition/Vermin Scum in 1995. The subsequent CD issue of Lyburnum appended the studio portion of It Disappears.

By that time, Moss Icon had long since scattered across the country and beyond, to travel or attend college. Only Tonie Joy remained extensively active in music, most notably founding the Universal Order of Armageddon and the Convocation Of..., while also playing with Born Against, Great Unraveling, and Lava, among others. In 2001, Moss Icon reunited for several live shows with a lineup of Joy, Vance, DiGialleonardo, Badertscher, and one-time Breathing Walker drummer Zak Fusciello.
-- Steve Huey, All Music Guide



This self-titled EP is alternately called “Hate in Me” (name of first track) or “Greta Garbo” because of the cover photo. I just saw this EP on eBay, asking $99. I know it is rare but sheez! I'd sell mine to anyone with $50.
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Songs:
Hate In Me
What They Lack
I'm Back Sleeping or Fucking or Something
Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die




back cover/lyrics
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Songs:
The Life or This Grape’s Juice Drink
Kicks the Can

*******SALE*******DADDY NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES
And then some. FREE SHIPPING via US Mail.
Record is in good condition. No skips but some crackle from multiple plays.
$75 or the highest bid above that by August 1, 2010 will take it home.
Send bids to mike AT culturefreak.com

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiss the girls and make them die seems to be messed up. tries saving it as mp3mp3. please fix if you get a chance i want to have the complete set!

January 15, 2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger Vinyl Head said...

Fixed. Thank you.

January 15, 2007 10:37 PM  
Anonymous theun_k said...

oh! baby!

i want to kiss the boy [?] and make him fix the link for 'hate in me'.

it's been ages since i played this record. but is soooo good. hope to blast it on the iPod soon.

March 11, 2007 1:21 PM  
Blogger Vinyl Head said...

The boy had fixed the problem. Wow, how did I blow this post so badly?

March 12, 2007 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! I am from Argentina and nearly the only fan of Moss Icon here... Nice bio... there is also one in Wikipedia, almost as good as this...
kisses and see ya
Pali K
pali_esda@hotmail.com

January 27, 2009 9:04 AM  
Anonymous EMO said...

LOVE THIS BIO ITS THE BEST I FOUND THE ONLY ONE WITH LYRICS.

February 05, 2009 5:49 AM  
Anonymous EMO said...

LOVE THIS BIO ITS THE BEST I FOUND THE ONLY ONE WITH LYRICS.

February 05, 2009 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The intro to the record was recorded in a friends back yard. The woman across the way was mentally ill and would yell at all the kids in the neighborhood.

September 04, 2009 7:55 PM  
Blogger Sybil said...

i will gladly buy this from you for $50 if you have it!

October 21, 2009 7:24 AM  

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