A RAUCOUS ARCHIVAL LIVE SET FROM 1980 90 minute set features 3 previously unreleased Reducers originals.
“You know, rock and roll like you dream about it” -Robert Christgau, The Village Voice
New London, CT – For more than three decades, The Reducers maintained their stature as regional rock ‘n’ roll legends and tenacious true believers. A raucous live set from 1980, predating their first single by a year, is now available for download exclusively at Bandcamp.
“July 6, 1980, as I recall, was a cloudy, hot, muggy Sunday, the tail end of 4th of July weekend. We were close to two years old as a performing band, so we had some solid sets, and had worked out some of the kinks in our live act” says Hugh Birdsall (vocals/guitar). “We still hadn’t made any records, but we were trying to write our own songs.” Peter Detmold (vocals/guitar) adds, “All of our originals at the time are featured although some would soon disappear from our setlists.”
Sourced from a fan’s cassette recording, The Reducers Live In Montville is a lo-fi treat that presents 35 songs over 90 wild minutes. 11 of those songs are Reducers originals, including 3 previously unreleased original compositions – “BMW”, “Big Time in the Small Town” and “Chip on Your Shoulder”. All three songs make their official debut on Live in Montville.
Peter recalls, “At that time, we hadn’t set foot in a recording studio, and live gig cassettes were all we had to gauge our development” “And this one had the necessary sound, energy and response. The amount of cover material is an indication that we had only just started to write our own material.”
The set kicks off with a powerful take on Generation X’s “Ready Steady Go” and never lets up. Renditions of songs by pub and punk rock heroes abound, including those of Dr. Feelgood, Chris Spedding, The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Undertones, along with amped-up renditions of ‘60s classics by Tommy James, Johnny Rivers and ? and The Mysterians.
The Reducers Live at Montville is 90 minutes of joyous rock and roll, a reflection of the spirit of an emerging band crafting their sound in a perfect environment.
Hugh Birdsall recalls, “The party’s host, John MacDonald was a friend of our bass player, Steve Kaika (bass/vocals). I didn’t know John very well, but I knew he was a very tough guy. There were lots of wild people there, bikers, punk rockers, a bunch of our friends, and some kegs of beer. So we were in our element.”
Peter adds, “There was always a lot of beer on hand at these Montville shows and things usually got pretty rowdy but there were no nearby neighbors and I don’t remember any cops ever showing up. I think that Joey Lee or someone climbed up in a centrally located tree and set up a boom box to record the show, crowd noise and all. The whole tape is a blast to listen to. I’m glad it survived.”
Great video from our pal Jes Farnsworth. It’s in the blood after all (he’s related to Steve Kaika) but it doesn’t hurt to have musical brothers playing on your tracks too. Keep an eye out for Peter Detmold, Tom Trombley and Roger C. Reale… and hit up Jes’ Bandcamp for the whole “Bring It Home” EP – it’s great!
“Roger C. Reale knocked our socks off. We’d seen The Clash, we’d seen The Jam, we’d seen Ramones, Hugh and I had already been to England and we’d seen all those bands. And here – in Roger C. Reale with his trio – was the same aggression, the same menace, the same hint of violence like the early The Who thing. And here’s a guy right in our back yard who’s got all the qualities we love and look for in these other bands. We didn’t have to go to England to see him, we didn’t even have to go to New York to see him.
We immediately went out and started looking for the Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue record. It matched up completely to all the import stuff we were buying. Honestly, I’m sure it gave us the idea that a Connecticut band could make a great record. I’m sure we had thought about making a record but that brought it a little closer to home – that it was doable. It was an important record to us. It was just as important as In The City by The Jam. That’s how good we thought it was.” – Peter Detmold, The Reducers