End of Story (EOS) ‘The Airplane Tape’ – Album of the Week!

EOS

This is my first pick of “album of the week”.  It’s been playing a lot in recent days as the lead vocalist recently died.  I knew him and I know the band, I grew up one town away from these dudes and they had a huge impact on my life.

End of Story (or EOS as I’ll refer to them as from here) raged from Glenwood Springs Colorado and had gone through a couple of changes on vocals and drums before the classic lineup was established in the mid to late 80’s.  EOS became Colorado Hardcore champions by this time and were steadies in the Denver scene some 150 miles away where they opened for the likes of Dag Nasty, the UK Subs, Warzone, Government Issue, the Vandals and more.

EOS had a unique blend of hardcore punk and metal that borrowed as much from Dag Nasty as they did DRI.  Their unique blend of melodic hardcore was captured on what became known as “the Airplane tape” named for the silhouette of a Word war II German plane on a stark white background.   Oddly enough this hardcore masterpiece was recorded at a fish hatchery in Carbondale Colorado.  A dude named John Rigger was the engineer and also the local fish hatchery manager.  Amid the fish eggs and milt John was able capture the band on tape.  It has a classic 80’s sound that is way better than most of the demos that surfaced at the time.  The reverb on the vocals always stuck with me and was an influence on how I would record my own vocals 15-20 years later.   The songs reflect the attitude of the 80’s with themes of nuclear war, apartheid and other relative topics of the day.  One of their most popular songs ‘Telling Me How to Die’ was based the novel ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ long before Metallica penned ‘One’.  The attitude of the band was fueled by skateboards, beers, tasty buds and righteous jams.  Metal heads and punk rockers were all welcomed to the party, in fact anyone that wanted to party was invited to the party!

The band stayed active through various breaks and line-up changes well into the 20-teens.  The most recent line-up saw 4/5’s of the classic reunited as all but Dan Schneider were back in the band.

The ‘Aireplane Tape’ is impossible to find.  I converted it to CD a few years ago and can burn you a copy if you want, just email me. (Josh Mosh)  clusterfuxjosh@msn.com

End of Story is:

Dan Schneider – Guitar

Dave Lorah – Guitar

Joe McCumbee – Drums

Eric Miller – Bass

Stevo Miller – Vocals (RIP)

EOS – The Winter

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~ by thrashpunx on January 30, 2014.

3 Responses to “End of Story (EOS) ‘The Airplane Tape’ – Album of the Week!”

  1. I loved EOS. Thanks for reminding me

  2. nice, it’s a great tape. i have mine! always fun going up there to play with EOS and FIA!

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