October Days released a 45 and a 12" EP in '81 and '82-- two brilliant records that no like-minded Connecticut band has surpassed since, as far as I'm concerned. I first bought both of them in the mid-80's, back when you could still find copies here and there. At that point October Days had attained near-legendary status in Connecticut, but were no more as of a few years earlier and remained pretty much unknown elsewhere. I can't say all that much has improved on that end since then, actually.
I'd already posted the "West Coast" 45 back in April; now, here's the 12" EP, "Do The Right Thing". October Days also have a compilation track on "It Happened But Nobody Noticed", which was first pressed in '82 and then re-issued on CD just a couple of months ago; my original vinyl copy is in poor shape and has skips in it, which is why I haven't been able to post it yet. Oddly enough, the compilation track is "Do The Right Thing", the title track to the EP that doesn't appear on the EP itself.
October Days are most often compared to The Wipers and Agent Orange, and again, I wouldn't know (not my thing, sorry). What I do know is that October Days' songwriting skills and mastery of dynamics are unreal, especially when you consider the time and place they were operating in. The slinky opening lines to "Out Of This Place", or the chords that rip open the intro to "Take Back The Night", is the kind of stuff that makes my hair stand on end. Then I listen to what the guy in "Hardwood Floor" is up to and I think, yup, that's me sometimes, too.
October Days -
"Out Of This Place"
"Take Back The Night"
(these files are now listen-only)