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Excel (image by Rick Rodney)

Excel (image by Rick Rodney)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Excel (image by Dan Rawe)

Press statement

SoCal punk-hardcore-metal hybrid visionaries Excel have remastered their seminal 1989 release, The Joke’s On You, out now via Southern Lord.

Originally released via Caroline Records, and produced by Randy Burns (Megadeth, Kreator, Possessed), The Joke’s On You is the band’s second full-length which saw wide acclaim from thrash, punk, metal and “skate rock” circles (members have been known to have shared a ramp with pros Christian Hosoi, Eric Dressen and Tony Alva). Drawing influence from a diverse range of artists including Black Sabbath, Black Flag, Jimi Hendrix, and early era Corrosion of Conformity, people often talk of ‘crossover’ genres but none quite do it as exceptionally well as Excel.

The Southern Lord reissue, remastered by Brad Boatright, includes the 12 tracks featured on the original CD edition. The closing track ‘Blaze Some Hate’ was not on the original album, it will appear on this LP reissue/remaster. This isn’t the first time Southern Lord have documented the importance of Excel either with their 2014 reissue of the band’s first album Split Image.

Formed in 1984 from the remains of LA hardcore band Chaotic Noise, Excel caught wide attention of the masses with the release of their Personal Onslaught demo (1985). Fellow Californian thrash crossover influencers, Suicidal Tendencies, accelerated Excel into wide acclaim with frontman Mike Muir’s inclusion of them on his Welcome to Venice compilation (1985) and releasing Excel’s debut full-length Split Image on the Suicidal Records imprint. Sold out tours and further successful releases soon followed, all which stomped over various sonic terrains whilst always spreading a punk attitude and a harboured love for heavy metal.

It’s time to re-relish in the influential innovations of Excel’s The Joke’s On You once (and many times) more. The joke’s on those who daren’t listen.

The Joke’s On You re-master tracklisting:
1. DRIVE
2. SHADOW WINDS
3. YOU’RE FIRED
4. TAPPING INTO THE EMOTIONAL VOID
5. AFFECTION BLENDS WITH RESENTMENT
6. SEALING INSANE
7. MY THOUGHTS
8. I NEVER DENIED
9. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
10. GIVEN QUESTION
11. THE STRANGER
12. BLAZE SOME HATE

The Joke’s On You original line-up:
Dan Clements: vocals
Adam Siegel: guitar
Shaun Ross: bass
Greg Saenz: drums

The album is now available from the band’s webstore: http://excel.southernlord.com

Shows a great deal of depth and development musically, and the lyrics are awesome.” – FLIPSIDE

Excel display a maturity and an honesty that most bands lack…they don’t settle for basic boring riffs, they fill their songs with melody and tempo changes, always keeping it interesting. The lyrics are top notch too. Nothing cliched here. Intelligent stories and ideas…a band to pay attention to.” – INK DISEASE

Really good. No fooling’…Powerful and clean slow hardcore. More lyrics than you can shake a stick at.” – MAXIMUM ROCK AND ROLL

A gripping, grinding, adventurous ride…The Joke’s on You will send shivers up your spine while shaking the posters off your wall. And that’s no joke.” – RIP MAGAZINE

And the new songs were the best of all, stunningly complicated, multipart riffs alternating with simple, powerful choruses, something sort of in a supercharged Soundgardenian groove, yet wholly Excel.” – LA TIMES (1992)

Sure the band cut its teeth with a tear-it-up three-song appearance on Suicidal Mike Muir’s Welcome to Venice compilation. But this is undeniably an LA band, its various members brining the spectres of personal influences to the group to produce a hard-driving maelstrom…” – THRASHMETAL MAGAZINE (1985)

Links

https://www.facebook.com/ExcelOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/excel_official/
http://www.southernlord.com
http://southernlord.bandcamp.com
http://twitter.com/twatterlord
http://www.facebook.com/SLadmin

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