05 Mar

Subvert (Compilation)
Release: 1994
Selfless Records

John Purkey – Drums
Shawn Durand – Lead Guitar
John Grant – Rhythm Guitar
Eric Greenwalt – Vocals
Marc Brown – Bass (second half of album)
Gerry Erwin – Bass (first half of album)

1. Atrocities
2. What Does It Mean?
3. Sometimes
4. Ghosts of Hiroshima
5. Live Thru It
6. They Turn Away
7. Free Your Mind
8. Psychopath
9. Game
10. Running Out of Time
11. We All Fall Down
12. Stand Up
13. The Madness Must End
14. Psychopath
15. Power for Who?/Power for What?
16. We All Fall Down
17. Psychopath
18. Man in the Crowd
19. The Madness Must End
20. What Does It Mean?
21. Power for Who? Power for What?
22. Instrumental

This album is basically a compilation or complete discography of everything Subvert ever released. It includes the Free Your Mind album, The Madness Must End album, A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem demo and their song from the Home Alive comp.

Subvert were mainstays of the Tacoma scene from 1986-1991, they had hardcore stirred with a little bit of metal that’s kind of a mirror image of The Accüsed and Poison Idea, just more political and vocal about the government. They released the album “The Madness Must End” in the late 80′s which was recorded at the famous Reciprocal Studios.

Eric Greenwalt on vocals, Shawn Durand on lead guitar, John Grant on rhythm guitar, Marc Brown on bass and John Purkey on drums (he went on to play for The Load Levelers, Scourge, The Yolk Fellaz and he is currently in The Spins and Sleeper Cell). After the band broke up Eric went on to form Christdriver and Black Noise Cannon. Shawn went on to join Portrait of Poverty, Infect and 13 Scars.

The band had a handful of releases and played alongside some of the biggest punk and hardcore acts in Seattle at the time like Brotherhood and Aspirin Feast. These guys aren’t “Grunge” in the traditional sense, but I think they were connected loosely. Meaning Shawn went to form Portrait of Poverty with A.M.Q.A. alumni (who had Seaweed members in the band), not to mention Subvert shared bills with some prominent Grunge bands.

Sad to say I never got to see these guys live. I’ve since seen Durand’s band 13 Scars the last two times they’ve hit Los Angeles and they are great.

The standout cuts are: What Does It All Mean and Running out Of Time.

If you can find it, buy it.

Rating: *** three out of three stars

On to the story . . .

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or maybe it’s just that I’m a quirky guy. But every time I go to a show I feel more and more out of touch with the other people in the crowd.

There are definite exceptions, there are bands like The Gears, RF7, Symbol Six and The Mau Maus, etc that have really nice people as members and I go to see them for their band and as people.

Over the summer I went to a big show at the Airliner downtown and I noticed there was two distinct groups of people, neither I fit in with, one group was twenty-something guys that all had denim vests all with various crust back patches, some studs and just right amount of dirt. The other group was a bunch of thirty-something male and females with their electric cigarettes. All of them staring down their noses at people that walked by. I wanted to remind them that the rule of thumb about not making eye contact while eating a banana also applies to electric cigarettes.

Now I was over at Los Globos on Sunday signing some books and the key group here was twenty-something guys with heavily painted leather jackets and overly tight skinny jeans. I can’t really say what’s right or wrong at these shows, but I know most of the time I feel like the old guy that crashed the party. Maybe I am.



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2 Responses to “Subvert”

  1. 1
    Eddie Cook Says:

    Mike ~ Always loved Subvert. Thanks for writing about them. ~ Eddie

  2. 2
    Mike E. Says:


    Anytime, thanks for reading and writing in.

    Mike E.

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