DROPDEAD-ARMS RACE 7" FLEXI
DROPDEAD- ARMS RACE 7" FLEXI-Peterwalkee Records is very pleased to announce the release of the DROPDEAD "Arms Race EP", now available for the first time in physical form as a 7" flexi!
Originally released in 2018 as a digital only EP, this EP features two tracks recorded in 1995 and finished in 2013, covers of B.G.K's "Arms Race" and Poison Idea's "Give It Up".
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PRESSING STATS- ARMS RACE EP is a One Sided 7" flexi pressed on clear poly with Silver Foil stamping and includes a double sided printed card-stock insert with digital download code and hand silk screened vinyl sticker. This one time pressing is limited to 649 copies.
ARMS RACE EP 7" FLEXI is $6.50 plus shipping. For more information contact us at [email protected].
“These two tracks were started in 2005 and finished in 2013 when we had the original multitrack master tapes transferred for our remastering project,” says guitarist Ben Barnett. “We found a few unfinished tracks we never completed. We worked with Kurt Ballou at God City and as part of the full project went ahead and finished up a couple of these unfinished tracks, two covers we were playing for fun back then, ‘Arms Race’ by B.G.K. and ‘Give It Up’ by Poison Idea—two bands that influenced us greatly. Guest dive bomb explosion on ‘Arms Race’ by Kurt. Brian [Mastrobuono, drums], Lee [ Mastrobuono, former bassist] and I all loved Poison Idea and the Pick Your King 7″ was and remains a stone cold classic ripper of an EP. B.G.K. was [vocalist] Bob [Otis]’ idea for a cover; straightforward and simple and totally killer hardcore song, absolutely fun to play.”
When pressed why they picked these songs to cover, Otis has a straight-ahead reason.
“The simple answer is: our love of classic hardcore, which was part of the cement that brought the four of us together in the early days of the band,” says Otis. “International hardcore like B.G.K., Lärm, The Wretched, Raw Power, Discharge, Conflict UK, etc., were all bands that we loved and were spinning on our turntables constantly back then—and now [laughs]. B.G.K.’s ‘Arms Race’ was an absolute manic anti-war anthem and I always felt that it was exactly in line with our political stance and musical style. On the other side of the world here in America we were also being influenced by bands like Siege, Black Flag, Negative Approach, Septic Death, Poison Idea, etc. The Poison Idea song is off the absolutely essential Pick Your King 7”, and although less political than B.G.K. it still has that abrasive ‘fuck you’ in-your-face attitude that we always felt in our own music. Both songs are a tip of the hat to an era of hardcore that still influences us until this day.”