Having melded a curious and compelling sound during the post-hardcore halcyon days of the late 1980s in the Washington D.C./Maryland nexus, Lungfish proved that stamina and resilience—and sticking to artistic prowess—can create a fertile legacy that bends the rules. Rather than always innovate and paving new paths every few years, Lungfish stayed on course, cutting records with consistent mystique, murkiness, and mantra-like quality.
This material is an artifact from fin de siecle 1999, a previously unreleased testament to Craig Bowen, who twisted the knobs at A.C.R studios in Baltimore. The band members didn’t stop to release them. In fact, they plowed ahead, forging new songs, ultimately re-recording several A.C.R. tracks at iconic Inner Ear Studios, which handled dozens of Dischord acts. So, while this album doesn’t present a bevy of virgin material, it does present a unique twist to the path of these songs—a glimpse into their original birth chamber.