Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Exit Records released a slew of incredible records in the mid-late 90s, and Sons Of Abraham's "Termites In His Smile" is surely no exception. The double bass and crazy lead guitar work always made me want to lose my shit. To top it off, this was an all Jewish band, as can be heard in lyrics like "no presents for Christmas...". Throughout their brief time together, Sons Of Abraham only recorded a demo, a split 7" with Indecision, and this LP. I've never come across the demo (if you have one, please get at me!), but the track on the split 7" was re-recorded for Termites. They were scheduled to do a split 7" with Morning Again on Immigrant Sun, but they broke up before ever recording, and that resulted in Morning Again's "To Die A Bitter Death" 7" coming out on its own. Some of you may also be interested to know that Sons Of Abraham contained some members of Glassjaw, but it's rather inconsequential, because Sons Of Abraham were a thousand times better.
I also own a copy of this on a great looking blue marble vinyl. However, I was too lazy to take a photo of it, so I just stole the following image from Limited Pressing. His obsession with mid 90s vinyl outdoes even my own, and I'm thoroughly jealous of his Sons Of Abraham and Indecision collections.
He also figured out that the marbling actually never should have happened, and is the result of not switching plates after they pressed the Milhouse "Obscenity In The Milk" record on white. A large portion of the SOA records should be on more of a see through blue/green. He even made a short video about it, and you can check it out here: Termites explained.

Sons Of Abraham - Termites In His Smile
[Exit Records - 1997]

15 comments:

robmafia said...

i always thought they were just a one song wonder... never really got into the record

bloodorflies said...

this record is classic

rob mcfeters said...

Sick record. Still holds up.

Anonymous said...

they had 2 songs on NY's Hardest volume 2.

Anonymous said...

Finally You posted this gem, good job :)

Anonymous said...

holy crap ! I've seen these guys like 5 times when I was 15 . I have a SOA patch that was on my school bag for 10 years ! AMAZING

shrout said...

this record kills, its so heavy. it was always underrated and overlooked by too many people.

moshkobra said...

what a good record...this is 90's niceness all day...interesting info about the marble effect on the vinyl too, i geek out for shit like that.

Burai Core Distro said...

There was also an earlier version of one of the LP songs on the "Definitely Not the Majors" comp, and I think it was their best. We played quite a few shows together in the Midwest. They didn't use the names on the LP for the songs, when they made set lists they would use numbers for the titles from the order they wrote the songs in. So a set list would look like "One Three Six Two" etc.

Kevin said...

awesome! this record smokes... my cd version of it got fucked up awhile ago. thanks for posting this

Ficholas Norneris said...

holy crap! nice! saw these guys out at the old gainesville fest campground style - seriously first guitar solo i stopped watching and went and bought the record

Sergeant D said...

Yesssss forgot all about this awesome band! Thanks for posting!

Donny said...

Love this band. Love Glassjaw as well (both guitarists went to Glassjaw) also, Glassjaw used some of the riffs off this album on their "Everything you ever wanted to know about silence" album. Pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

Fun fact: the "model" on the cover of "Termites" is the same guy dead in the bath tub on MPB's "Nothing In Vain" record. Justin Borucki's long-time roommate who got roped into many photo shoots when they needed someone.

beingawesome said...

i love the fact that i'm mentioned in the liner notes of this cd... brings me back to a much better time in music..... MUCH better time.