Thursday, September 22, 2011

Step Forward - 10 Song EP 7"

Late Passes Suck. Not only are you behind everyone when it comes to discovering new, exciting music, but it can be hard to catch up if you miss out on the wrong band. Case in point, Step Forward.

Ever since seeing an impromptu Step Forward set at Chaos In Tejas last summer, I have been obsessed with tracking down their record. It hasn't been easy. It is rare and in high demand, making it pretty pricey to boot.
I remember seeing the 7" available from Painkiller Records four years ago, but I was focused on other bands and labels at the time. Like I have said before, you can't have it all. You can't buy everything. I just wish this was one I had picked up when I first had the chance.

Step Forward are a full on, super fast, aggressive straight edge hardcore band from Boston made up of guys who are in, or were in, every 2000-era Boston hardcore band. They don't play often, and as of right now, they have only released one ep.
While there may be only one record, damn, is it ever awesome. Maybe it is just time and place with what I am into now, but I can't stop listening to it. The CC guitar solos are just so cool and fit in seamlessly with the rest of the music. Great vocals, bass playing and drums too. Love it!

On to the vinyl.

Record release pressing. "Crossword puzzle" cover out of 154.

Black vinyl with stamped labels dated for the record release show with Righteous Jams.

There is also a second "Loud and Clear - This Is Boston! (Not Belgium)" cover for the record release out of 30. I would love to have one, but they haven't been popping up much. Actually, not at all.

First press. Clear vinyl out of 220.

The first press was rounded out with black vinyl out of 418.

There is also a second press on black vinyl out of 350 that is identical to the black vinyl of the first press.
Lyrics and credits are printed on the inside of the cover.

I was really glad to hear that the band had finally finished their second 7" and are planning on releasing it soon. If it is anything like this one, it could be my record of the year.


  1. I was going to post record tonight on my blog..but maybe I'll hold off for awhile! haha
    Do you know how to tell the difference between the first and second press on black vinyl? This record rules. thanks

  2. Hey Matt! I just checked out your blog. That shit is tight. Really good job. I added you to my blog list.

    As for your question, the Painkiller discography says that the first and second press on black are identical. If there was no change in the matrix or plates, and the covers were extra from the first press, there may be no way to tell the difference.

    These days it is just enough to have one at all. You are right, this record rules!

  3. Yo! Don't forget this version!


  4. Thanks Doug! I appreciate your feed back on the blog. I've been reading yours for over a year and finaly decided to do one of my own.

  5. Gawd damn it Mike! Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

    Yeah, I didn't forget about the Edge Day set with Waste Management. I kind of wanted to stick to the Step Forward 7" on this post.

    I have the Edge Day set in my saved ebay searches. I don't need you blabbing about it and driving the price up. This shit is expensive enough as it is!!!!! Haha!