Notes on Majority Rule “Interviews With David Frost” and “Emergency Numbers” (2009 LP repress): I can’t say I look back too much… In fact, I think it’s safe to say that at any point, I genuinely feel like I’ve only been alive for 3 years. It’s fuckin’ retarded. Anything beyond that just kind of goes into deep storage and gets pulled out only on a rare frozen moment of introspection.
However, I can say with complete certainty that my absolute favorite time in life to reflect on centers around the period in which these two albums came out. It was without a doubt the most pure and altruistic time in the lives of the band, myself, our friends, their bands, and the things we were committed to. Anyone active in the DC/NoVA punk/hardcore scene of the time would probably tell you the same. When I think about these records in particular, I’m reminded of a rare moment in life where I actively felt a part of a thriving (local) community. It was very exciting waking up every day and knowing that you were going to see all of your friends and work on so many projects before returning to your bed (if you even went to sleep that day!). Things felt urgent and everyone’s actions and behaviors followed suit.
In many ways, Majority Rule was the anchor for everyone during those times. Starting with the record release for “Interviews With David Frost” at the Wilson Center (w/pg.99, Darkest Hour, Waifle, and City of Caterpillar opening!), Majority Rule shows became these pulsing beacons of community pride where hundreds and hundreds of people would come to every show, know every single word to every song, and altogether combine to create a truly transcendent experience that left us all with…. hope? Motivation? Cathartic satisfaction? These three guys and their music definitely did something special for and to all of us living in the area at the time.
What’s most amazing to me in the present day is how well both of these albums held up. Repressing them doesn’t feel at all like a novelty or nostalgic kitsch in the slightest. I still get goosebumps. I still believe in what’s going on from the point the needle touches down all the way until it picks back up. It’s my sincerest hope that a lot of folks that weren’t into DIY punk/hardcore back then (or maybe missed out on the whole DC/NoVA revival of the early 00′s) will be able to pull even a sliver of what these records have already given so many people. You’re in for a treat…
- Brent Eyestone, August 7, 2009
CD issued May 8, 2001
LP issued June 25, 2002
CD pressing info:
• First pressing = standard gloss booklet/traycard
• Secong pressing onward = uncoated booklet/traycard
LP pressing info:
• First press = White vinyl
• Second press (August 2009) = Aqua vinyl, Deep Blue vinyl, Green vinyl, Deep Purple vinyl, Blue Smoke vinyl
• Third press (February 2012) = Abalone vinyl, Ocean Foam vinyl, Pink vinyl, Purple vinyl, THC vinyl
• Hub etched with “Happy Birthday Kevin” on side A and “April 1, 2002″ on sided B. The vinyl was a surprise birthday present for the band’s bassist.