I was unaware that this record even existed until a year ago when I eagerly fished it out of the 99-cent bin at Willimantic Records, even though the cover was emblazoned with the WFCS call letters (hence the 'found' images here) and the vinyl itself was pretty thrashed. Everything else I've owned by these guys is pretty fucking nifty, so I had no problems with the condition-- see, now you can't blame me if the rips aren't perfect-- plus it's something that every one of you should do someday, meaning go to Willimantic Records and buy something, because they've got lots of cool stuff that hasn't surfaced in ages and most of it isn't even in the 99 cent bin.
Hollow Heyday existed from around the late '80s into the early '90s and occupied roughly the same space as Honor Role, creating hefty art-damaged rock under a variety of different names (Hostile Heyday, Hollow Heyday, Headless Heyday). Their record sleeves were always full of mis-directions-- intentionally incorrect song lengths, mis-spelled band member names, made-up song titles, erroneous discography information, and other total bullshit-- which, along with their constantly evolving band name, probably worked as a huge kiss-off to anyone who wasn't paying attention, a concept that I can wholeheartedly support. The two songs on the a-side are both solid winners, and seem to have been intended to be part of an LP ("Grate") which I'm not sure was ever released, though I would love to hear the tapes in any case. "Messy Black Hog" sounds like it's playing at the wrong speed at first, until you realize that's just how the guy's voice sounds, while the guitar riff to "Tussle" sounds darn close to something you'd find on "Rictus". The two songs that make up the b-side are supposedly from "Hollow Heyday's first seven-inch", and you know what, you can't find that one on Discogs either, though who knows who puts those things together (probably Marc Masters when he isn't busy writing A Wicked Tumblr). "Resolve to Reserve" could almost be considered shitty, until you focus on the neat little synth part bubbling underneath, and then it becomes awesome. "Stop It" is probably the closest that Hollow Heyday ever came to writing a catchy-sounding pop song and also appears in a different version on 1989's "Abandoned" LP, which actually does exist and is worth way more than a moderate amount of effort to track down.
"Messy Black Hog"
"Resolve to Reserve"