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Some of the best punk/post-punk/new wave bands are the ones that burned out quickly, loudly and brightly. Often that was for bittersweet or tragic reasons, but a great many of them simply dissipated as the follies of youth evolved into the responsibilities of adulthood. One such group was the Austin, Texas outfit Terminal Mind.
Inspired by the late ‘70s noise of artists like John Cale and Pere Ubu, Terminal Mind released one spiny 7” EP of herky-jerky, politically-minded rackets as well as dropping a couple of bombs on some local compilations during their four short years together. Each one has the insinuating allure of a sermon but delivered with a scabrous intent and raw musicianship. The group also scored a few coups in their time, getting a chance to open for Iggy Pop and play alongside fellow Texan rabble rousers, Big Boys.
While the scattered pieces of Terminal Mind’s discography have been difficult and expensive to pull together, the good people of Sonic Surgery Records have done all the heavy lifting for you. This month, the label will release Recordings, a compilation of everything the group released during its short lifespan and some unheard gems from their archives. This is essential listening for students of American punk history or anyone that just wants to get a little riled up in front of their stereo on a Friday night. To get a clearer sense of what we mean, stream the lead track from this compilations “I Want To Die Young” right here.