Saturday, June 12, 2010


Wow, this is our 800th post as Stuck In The Past. Pretty amazing that we've come this far and I thank you for all your support. That said, today I bring you a high quality rip of "The Sickness Of Our Age" from South Florida's Straight Edge machine, Tension. Tension were one of the first bands I ever saw when I started going to shows and I'm glad that I got to see them when they were at their peak of popularity. The band did some touring and would eventually go on to release this on Endless Fight Records (great label, click the link for some back info) and then a full length on Uprising Records before breaking up. The story I heard about the recording (Jeremy Staska and the world famous Studio 13) was that the day before they were set to begin, 3 of the members went through rough break ups and another was kicked out of their home. What does that mean? They were pissed. They went in and recorded one of the angriest records, to this day, I've ever heard and still one of my favorite 7 inches. Mike Hurley is one of the great unsung lyricists. He tackled subjects that other bands overlooked such as the mistreatment of Native Americans and you could always count on numerous sing-a-longs in every song. My friend Ivan, more on him in another post, showed me a video of them playing with Strife, Sick of it All and Strongarm at the Kitchen Club in Miami. Basically 300-400 kids stagediving and screaming their heads off. You couldn't even hear Mike singing over them. It was just one of those life changing musical moments when you realize that you are a part of something that some people could never understand. The band, like many of their time, ran its course and the members went their separate ways. I feel privileged to have seen the band when I did and this record will always remain in my top 5 7 inches ever.
This was released in 1994 by Endless Fight Records and re-released by Uprising Records in 1997. Since then, the record has gone out of print. I ripped this at a VBR setting from the original CD source and scanned the cover to give a nice high quality image. Enjoy!

*NEW LINK*

Tension - The Sickness Of Our Age

10 comments:

Velha escola Nova escola said...

Great post !!!! Cheers !!!

Alternate 1995 said...

Back in the mid 90s there was a band from Long Island named Tension. I never knew about the florida one back then. But I was real into the LI tension. Thugcore band. Every show ended with someone getting severely injured. Good times. One day in, I think late 96, I was flipping through some 7"s in the local record store None of the Above(which incidentally released LIs Tensions only full length) and I saw this 7". I thought it was a record from the LI band that I didn't know about. When I got home with the record I knew immediately it wasn't the LI band ahah. Great record though. And I got the Endless Fight version too. Solid.

Bloug said...

I love Tension. You should try and get that video transferred. I'd love to see the Tension and Strongarm sets!

Anonymous said...

The LI band was Tension*. Definetely preferred Tension to Tension*

Molesting said...

Nice release
thanks chip

Alternate 1995 said...

*....you got me there. Nice one.

XemonerdX said...

Tension* also ruled, esp their 7" on RPP. Really nice guys too. Anyways, this Tension 7" rules.

Anonymous said...

Yo I saw these guys with FOS, Timescape Zero, Load, etc and other fla bands in the mid 90s....Raped Ape....I dunno what else....

I have a greenn tension tshirt with a dying native american tied to a tree on it.......

loved their Slammies show at the Foundation in Palm Beach

xCHIPxSEM said...

Anonymous: If you want to get rid of that Tension shirt, shoot me an email at Dancefloorjustice305@yahoo.com
Do you still live in South Florida?

Alfredo Pangue said...

Hello , the link was deleted, can you re-upload this album again please? Ihope you can. Ok. :)

cheers!.