Published Jan 16, 2014Well before Dave Grohl started hitting the skins for Nirvana, and even before he cut his teeth with DC hardcore vets Scream, the music icon played drums in a little-known Washington, DC punk trio called Dain Bramage. The band released their lone LP I Scream Not Coming Down in 1986, and now nearly 30 years later, a long-unheard demo session has surfaced online.
Dubbed the 1986 Laundry Room Demos, the eight-song rarity was uncovered by Antiquiet, who promptly ripped the demos and posted them in a SoundCloud player, which you can check out below.
Recorded at the studio of the same name, the collection bounces around a mix of melodic punk tracks similar to the softer side of Hüsker Dü ("In the Dark") or even the melodic rock anthems Grohl would later pump out with Foo Fighters. But elsewhere the sessions reveal seemingly improv-style sludge jams ("Bend") and a straight-faced cover of classic rock crew Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band."
You can sample it all for yourself down below.
Dain Bramage was formed in 1985 by Grohl and bassist Dave Smith, who had both previously played together in Mission Impossible, and vocalist Reuben Radding. They broke up in 1987 when Grohl left to play with Scream.