Craft Recordings celebrates the 25th anniversary of SNAPCASE‘s hardcore classic, Progression Through Unlearning, with three limited-edition vinyl reissues. Set for release on November 18, the album will be available in three exclusive colorways: pearlescent copper swirl (via the band’s website), clear yellow wax (Revolver), and white-yellow-swirl vinyl (CraftRecordings.com). All three pressings of the highly influential title —which includes such genre-defining songs as “Caboose,” “Zombie Prescription,” and “Guilty by Ignorance” —can be pre-ordered here.
On November 4, meanwhile, Snapcase will play a sold-out hometown show at Buffalo, NY’s Rec Room, to celebrate the release of their forthcoming book, Optic —a 144-page visual history of the band’s earliest moments all the way through to their not-so-final show in January 2005. In addition to hundreds of images, Optic will feature insight from friends and colleagues throughout the hardcore scene that tell stories from the road, the studio and of the band’s widespread impact. Full details on the book will be announced closer to the early-November release date and show in Buffalo. Joining them on stage during the sold-out show will be a cross-generational line-up of local hardcore acts, including Against All Hope, Cinderblock, Exhibition, Spaced and Smash N’ Grab.
Snapcase —originally known as Solid State — was formed in 1989 in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY. After several line-up changes, the quintet gelled with singer Daryl Taberski, drummer Tim Redmond, bassist Bob Whiteside, and guitarists Jon Salemi, and Scott Dressler. They soon caught the ears of Victory Records and released their debut album, Lookinglasself, in 1993. But just three years later, after the release of their Steps EP, Dressler left the band to pursue a graduate degree, with Frank Vicario (formerly of the group Fadeaway) stepping in as guitarist. As Dressler had been the group’s primary songwriter, the five-piece found themselves at a creative crossroads. Turning the loss into an opportunity, however, the band resumed their momentum, reinventing themselves along the way. With a collection of crowd-tested material, the five-piece entered New Jersey’s Trax East studio to record their sophomore album with producer Steve Evetts (Lifetime, Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan).