So, after pretty much ignoring this blog (and the entirety of the internet as a whole for the past few months) I've finally mustered up the energy to do another one of my 7" spotlight posts. Thankfully Robbie has been keeping this blog afloat while I've been wanking off for the past few months.
This split 7", along with a select few others, seems to have reached an almost legendary status within the punk subculture. It seems to be posted on just about every blog (like this one) at all interested in the punk subculture of the 90's.
The fact that both bands existed for only a short time - Hoover from '92-'94 with a brief union in '98, and Lincoln from basically '93-'94, as well as the fact that the record was released Art Monk Construction, a fairly obscure label that featured early output from bands such as Kerosene 454, Darkest Hour, Frodus, and Texas is the Reason, seems only to add the allure that has grown around this record.
Both bands emerged within the hardcore landscape in an era in the D.C. punk scene where bands like Bad Brains and Minor Threat had given way to Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, and, eventually, Fugazi. Dischord Records put out Hoover's LP, The Lurid Traversal of Route 7, which has become a staple in any post-hardcore or emo collection. Lincoln, from the small, industrial state of West Virginia, namely Morgantown, a short drive from the state capital Charleston (and actually only a few hours where both your humble blog writers grew up) was very much a reaction to the D.C. punk scene which they must have had a close eye on. With over-driven octave chords and raw vocals they complimented Hoover's brooding, minimalist, yet epic approach on "Two Down". both bands helped pave the way for post-hardcore and screamo band into the latter part of the decade and continue to influence bands into the 21st century.
This record is definitely a must have in any collection, and is one of my favorite 7"s. Download everything else these bands recorded.
Two Headed Coin Split (1993)