After a Steady Diet of Nothing, Fugazi Offers Fans a Live Archive

fugazi052211_main_blog.jpgIf you're anything like us — and some rather extensive demographic studies suggest that you are — you probably spent a good portion of your developing years ruining your hearing to Fugazi's 13 Songs. The ur-text band for the hardcore movement, Fugazi was the angry, young punk band that even jazz aficionados and crusty hippies would love, not because they were louder or faster than anyone else, but because they were just plain, old better. Uncompromising in both performance quality and anticorporate politics, the band crushed more than a few hearts when they announced an official hiatus in 2002. But now the band that never played games with the media is offering its fans something new — a promise of a possible reunion and, just as exciting, an online archive of thousands of live shows.


On the blog Approaching Oblivion, songwriter and band architect Ian MacKaye updated fans on the status of his Dischord record label and gave the angry 14-year-old in us all a tantalizing look at his latest project. "What I'm currently working on right now is going through a database of 1000's of live recordings we have… we're going to create a website, where all of these recordings will be made available." Working off of analog tapes and DATs, MacKaye promises this massive archive will be available in the near future. He went on to dangle the possibility of a reunion in front of fans. "The four of us love each other dearly… We are a family we don't stray from each other… There wasn't any anger there wasn't any big 'fuck you!' It is entirely possible that we will play again and it's also possible that we won't. We have the desire to play, but there's a geographical issue… Everyone is super busy." MacKaye continued. "It's not going to be money that brings us back together, we would only play music together if we wanted to play music together and the time allowed it." (Approaching Oblivion via Pitchfork)

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