Death Wish (né Deathwish) were an '80s Boston straight-edge hardcore band who included a future member of Slapshot. Like many Boston-area hardcore bands of the era, they began with the tried-and-true sound of the time, deploying fast, straight-ahead aggression that placed them with celebrated contemporaries like SSD and Jerry's Kids, before exploring more melodic, power-pop/rock-friendly material later on.
Their first recording, however, was a seven-song session at Boston's Radiobeat Studios in December 1983 that went largely unreleased and remained in hardcore lore until 1989, when three tracks were bootlegged by the Armory Arms label as the Tailgate
7" that year. The already unlicensed and very limited Tailgate
has since been reissued and its three tracks resurfaced several times over (a 1992 split CD|EP with New York's the Abused, f.e.).
But the rest of the session has gone unheard by the public only until very recently: The band released the entire session remixed by Don Zientara (Fugazi, Minor Threat, Lungfish) in September, available on vinyl only as a one-sided 12" via bassist Bobby Frankenheim's own Disclaim Recordings
label. While there are no plans from Disclaim to make the album available digitally, you can exclusively stream one of the songs below, "Backstab".
The 12" is available here
as part of a box set that also includes a CD copy of Seven Deadly Dins
, a later Death Wish recording going under the moniker of the Loved Ones (not to be confused with the 1960s Australian rock or 2000s Philadelphia punk bands).