Steve:Drums • Kevin:Vocals
• Bear:Guitar • Rich:Bass
1986 - 1991
Insted was created in the spring of 1986. After writing
a handful of songs they began playing backyard parties and garage
gigs. By the end of the year they had developed a following in Anaheim
and decided it was time to record a demo. In 1987 they caught the
attention of local hardcore label Wishingwell Records, ran by Pat
Dubar and Pat Longrie of Uniform Choice. They signed a deal with
them later that year, wrote more songs, and began opening for some
of the bigger bands at venues all across Southern California. By
the time they finished the recording of what would become the "Bonds
of Friendship" album, they had opened shows for national acts
and expanded their following throughout Orange County. Before their
first record was released, the band line up was solidified and they
we’re ready to take their show out on the road. This would
bring us to the summer of 1988, in a time when the straight edge-hardcore
movement was growing. Insted embarked on their 1st national tour
and began their system of touring, coming home and writing new songs,
playing locally, recording, and then going back out on tour.
These were the key ingredients that defined Insted
and would earn them an important spot in the hardcore punk scene.
In the spring of 1989 they flew to New York to do some dates with
Vision and strengthen their relationship with the East Coast. That
summer they released the "We’ll Make the Difference"
7" on Nemesis records and were back in the van for another
full U.S assault.
That summer they shared the stage with bands like
Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Uniform Choice, Slapshot and Reason to Believe.
Upon returning home, they were offered a record deal from Epitaph
Records in which they accepted. Insted’s following had steadily
grown and they were now headlining 1000 seat venues and drawing
massive crowds. During the recording of "What We Believe"
they made plans to expand their borders and tour Europe. But at
the end of 1990, shortly after "What We Believe" was released,
America went to war with the Middle East. Due to the circumstances
they were unable to ship equipment over seas and decided to stay
in their homeland. In the spring of 1991 they did another national
tour. They were now sharing the stage with bands like Judge, Snapcase,
and the Cro-mags. The hardcore sound of the early 80’s that
they were so familiar with was changing. It was turning into a hard
metal edge sound and the attitude of the scene reflected it. Bands
that they looked up to like Uniform Choice and Youth of Today were
broken up and their old time favorites Minor Threat and 7 Seconds
were long gone.
When they returned from tour they began working on
new material but felt out of place. The band had built its reputation
on respect and integrity. In July of 1991 they decided to do a final
show and bow out gracefully. Spanky’s Cafe in Riverside was
one of their favorite spots and a perfect host for their humble
grand finale. They made sure to include on the bill a few of the
promising up and coming local bands.
Over the years Insted traveled throughout the country
making friends and building a legacy that ingrained them into hardcore
history. To this day the friendships they built are still in tact
and their legacy lives on.