The Dulcet Tones of Condemned To Death
:: Condemned To Death - What's In The Basement ::
Condemned to Death came out of the Vats, the abandoned Hamm’s brewery in San Francisco, where bands like MDC and DRI squatted and rehearsed in the early 1980’s. They put out a self-titled seven inch in 1983, followed by this LP, “Diary of a Love Monster”, on Landmine/R Radical in 1984 before splitting up. C2D had contributed a song, “Garland’s Pit,” to the magnificent P.E.A.C.E. 2xLP compilation, which led to me picking up this album. I love the cover image of Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein’s monster, as well as this song about ‘mom and uncle’ being buried under the floor. The lyrics name check Robert Black and Faye McCabe who “got their kicks from shallow graves.” Do any of our astute readers know what the story is on those two? My intArweb skillz turn up nothing. Anyway, after the band split, everyone joined up with other bands – bassist Keith Chatham in Australia’s Vicious Circle, drummer Mike Bravo and vocalist Scott Ay in fellow Vat squatter’s Verbal Abuse, and Tim Omen went on to form the Serial Killers. Both of C2D’s releases were put on one cd, along with demos and live tracks, in 2002 through Grand Theft Audio. I’m starting to think that GTA is now defunct, so if you’re interested, buy it up before it all disappears again.