CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE was a great band from Denver that got their start in 1993 and ended it in 1996. In their time, they managed to record for numerous comps, 7″s, and cranked out two 12″s. The irony is that the latter of the 12″s (“S/T,” informally dubbed “the Stereo album”), while often heralded as a classic record that shaped indie rock/punk to come, was released after the band had already played their final show!
Fast forward 13 years and all CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE material had fallen out of print along with the defunct labels that had originally released them. By that point, I had worked up the nerve to finally speak to Eric Richter, the singer/guitar player of the band about working with GOLDEN CITY, his current band. I’d admired and listened to the guy’s output with obsessive regularity for over a decade and a half, so this was a difficult conversation to initiate… I didn’t want to see that type of regular listening commitment completely shattered by the guy being a dick (he wasn’t). Thankfully, everything clicked and we got to work on GOLDEN CITY’s debut 10″/CD. As bonds, friendship and trust came more and more into play, it was time to “pop the question,” so to speak.
And here we are.
First up in the CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE reissue project is the 1996 “S/T” album. The mixes and order remains the same, but everything has been remastered. Formats are LP, CD, and digital download. As a bonus, a region-free DVD of the band’s final show from 1996 will be included with every CD and LP.
The second installment is slated to be literally everything else the band recorded in 2xLP, CD, and digital formats. Stay tuned…