Published Jul 02, 2013Handsome, the late '90s post-hardcore supergroup made up of members of Helmet, Quicksand, Cro-Mags and more, are set to deliver the first vinyl pressing of their 1997 self-titled debut. A due date has yet to be set in stone, but the wax platter is expected to arrive sometime later this year through 6131 Records.
While details have yet to be given as to whether it will be a straight repress or if it will contain bonus tracks, 6131 posted that reissuing the LP is "a dream come true."
Originally issued by Epic/Sony in 1997, Handsome's debut brought together singer Jeremy Chatelain (Iceburn, Jets to Brazil), Helmet guitarist Peter Mengede, Quicksand six-stringer Tom Capone, Cro-Mags/Murphy's Law drummer Pete Hines, and bassist Eddie Nappi (Enemy, Mark Lanegan Band). It was Handsome's only album, as they split up in 1998. According to Chatelain, the album still holds up, some 16 years after its initial release.
"The Handsome record still sounds like New York City in 1996 to me," he said in a statement. "Every song on the record brings up a memory of dank rehearsal rooms, seedy clubs and edgy characters. I can remember rehearsing long hours on Mott Street below a gelato factory and above Sonic Youth. We practised so loudly and with so much sheer force and repetition that Steve Shelley at one point walked in and asked us to stop. I'm really excited that the recording will once again see the light of day, this time on vinyl!"
You can check out the video for the album's groove-laden "Needles" single down below.