Social Decay "Life's Not Hard… You're Just Soft" 7"Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2005 @ 12:01am » permalink
Sadly I don't know much of anything about this sorely overlooked New Jersey hardcore act, so if anyone has some accurate information about these guys, please hit me up. Pretty much all I can tell you about Social Decay is that they released this awesome 7", "Life's Not Hard… You're Just Soft", in 1990 on a New Jersey label called Eightball Productions. The end. My copy is missing the insert, so all I've got to go on is the band photo on the back, where they don't even list the lineup or anything. They recorded in May of 1990 at D.A.C. Studios and their sound is somewhere between the heavier, Madball-esque side of traditional NYHC and a slightly more metallic crossover edge both musically and in terms of some of the vocal patterns. The songwriting kicks ass, too (check out the chorus of "Truth in the Proof").
Being 15 years old there are some rough spots to the recording, and I could've probably cleaned this rip up a little more if I had a few spare hours, but… I don't, and it still sounds pretty damn good for its age, so… check this shit out. This record is hard as fuck to find and I had to basically track someone down that had it on their trade list and make them an attractive offer to snag one for myself. Hope you dig it as much as I do.
I once read on some weird Japanese website that this 7" contains a cover song by Locked Up in Life (one of James Ismean's pre-Fury of Five bands) with Ismean handling some backing vocals, but there's no indication of that anywhere on the packaging and I'm not hearing any backing vocals that sound even remotely reminiscent of his later work with Fury of Five, so… the truth is in the proof!
If anyone has any information on this speculation, or any further information regarding Locked Up in Life, you know the drill… let me know! Edit: I've got an insert, and this has all been verified as true!