Photo by Malcom Riveria
Artificial Peace was formed by Pete from Red C (great band!) along with Mike, Rob and Steve of Assault and Battery. They were solid and fast and they quickly managed to build one of the largest followings of all of the early bands. They were one of the first DC area bands to play out of town, always making it a point to announce that they were from Bethesda, a city just across the DC line in Maryland.
Ian recorded a 19-song demo with them at Inner Ear, and three of those songs appear on the “Flex Your Head” Sampler. They also released a split 7″ with a band called The Exiled on the Fountain of Youth label. After Artificial Peace dissolved in 1982 Pete, Steve and Mike went on to form Marginal Man and Rob later joined Government Issue and played on their ’83 US tour.
This year Dischord are unearthing some more buried treasure in the form of a record containing the entire session that Artificial Peace recorded in November 1981, aptly titled Complete Sessions, Nov 81. Three of these songs were initially released on the aforementioned Flex Your Head compilation but the rest were shelved when the band unexpectedly broke up after playing for barely over a year.
Like others on the label (One Last Wish come to mind), the band were short lived in this particular guise, but that does not affect the importance of their music. This is a key addition to any completist.