A lot of the mid/late-80's Dischord bands were better in theory than in practice, with Ignition being the best of a bad lot as far as I'm concerned. When Ignition first hit the scene I was all over 'em, seeing as Alec MacKaye was the guy behind "Subject To Change", which is pretty close to being my favorite Dischord record of all time. To show you how enamored I was with Alec's lyrics to that record, around '86 or so the drummer in one of the local straightedge bands I was chummy with mentioned during a phone conversation that they were looking to move past their usual "walk tall, walk straight" song ideas. My response was reading him the "Subject To Change" lyric sheet, song-by-song, over the phone. Served him right for having me as a friend, I guess.
While "Orafying Mysticle" isn't anywhere near the total rock fest that the first two Ignition 7-inchers are, once you let the songs sink in they've got a kick to them just the same. Alec was one step ahead of whatever was next, with both the Untouchables and Faith, and it's pretty much the same with Ignition; you could point out any number of bands that look and sound just like this record, only five years later. Being a forebear isn't always a good thing, though-- for instance, how many bands that sound like NOFX are any good?
Dischord's entire catalog is now available as 320kbps downloads as of a month ago (the Ignition stuff is here), so I'm only going to post one song from this record, and I'll probably leave it up for a shorter time than usual. You'll still have all the spiffy photos to look at, though.
(this file is now listen-only)