Being that tomorrow is Halloween and it’s Devil’s Night tonight, it would be fitting to make tonight’s post about Ink & Dagger. More specifically their Love Is Dead 7”. In a previous post I wrote about their first LP, The Fine Art of Original Sin, but their first release, Love Is Dead, is the one that made people notice this band and realize that they were an unstoppable force in the Philadelphia HxC scene.
Originally released by Happy Days Records in 1996 (I think…please feel free to correct me), it caused a stir within the hardcore punk community due to its sound and impossibility to categorize. Was it hardcore? Was it punk? Was it noise? It was something that’s for sure.
There are a multitude of pressings and variants of the original release: white w/ tombstone cover, tour press, white (real) blood-splattered acetate covers, white left-over press with “girl on stake” cover, white with vampire covers, white with “test press” written on them, etc. So yeah, quite a few out there. It has been quite daunting to try and obtain all of the different versions. Not to mention expensive.
Thanks to the folks at Six Feet Under Records, the 7” has been repressed and eager fans jumped on the pre-orders when first announced in August. Two versions were announced:
Glow In The Dark vinyl with silk-screened covers out of 100.
Clear vinyl with regular covers out of 666.
As of right they are not in hand as the guy who runs the label had been on tour with Blacklisted up until recently. He posted on Twitter that the preorders would be shipping out this coming week and posted this picture as teaser:
Presumably this is what the silk-screened cover is for the glow-in-the-dark version.
There is a third version of the repress that made its way out already though. It was a special pressing done for Ink & Dagger’s show in Los Angeles on September 17th. It’s clear vinyl with a special silk-screened cover and bundle with a t-shirt designed by Linas Garsys. It’s out of a total of 55 done only for the show. A very, very few leftovers made their way to the SFU webstore but they’re long gone now. Thankfully, I have a good friend who attended the show and scored me the shirt & 7” combo.
Now it’s a waiting game for the preorders from SFU to be received. In the meantime, I’ll listen to Love Is Dead and other Ink & Dagger releases and stuff myself with Halloween candy.
“Devil children unite
Vampires on the loose tonight”