In 1992 Mean Season stirred up a lot of noise
with their debut 7inch “Bleed to Me” released on New
Age Records. The release, backed up by their high octane and relentless
live shows helped breathe new life into the Southern California
hardcore scene which was in desperate need of something this dangerous.
The success of “Bleed to Me” put the band on the road
and they brought their new style across the United States with a
winter ‘92 headlining tour.
In 1993 Mean Season set out with brother New
Age band, Unbroken for six weeks on a co-head lining U.S. tour.
This legendary tour not only sparked a brotherhood between the two
brightest shining bands California had to offer, but also left a
trail of sweat and blood on the U.S. asphalt that can still be seen
by touring bands today. After they had conquered the U.S. the band
set it’s sites on Europe, and in early 1994 Europe came looking
for them. Seven weeks with O.C. hardcore pioneers No For An Answer
was just what they needed to introduce their style to Europe’s
thriving hardcore scene. The 7inch helped set the new standard for
hardcore music and quickly became New Age’s best selling release,
and the buzz was only beginning…
Hot off their first European tour, Mean Season
rolled right into the studio to record their full length LP “Grace”.
It had been two and a half years since the band recorded “Bleed
to Me” and the boys were more than ready to lay down their
new brand of dark emotional aggression. They set out to create a
sound for the album that would not only compare to the 7inch but
also set Mean Season apart from the imitators and the followers.
Songs like “Suffer” & “Abattoir (Feast Upon)”
started falling into place and building a darker more personal vibe
than any of the songs they had written before. Vocalist /Screamer
Aaron Kelly had a vision for the vocal style of the album to be
more mysterious and haunting as opposed to up front and one dimensional.
Laying out most of the vocal tracks in a dim lit room to match the
heavy somber feel guitarists Brian Manry, Travis Guichard and bassist
Colin Buis had put down before him. Everybody involved knew the
new tunes had a power and heart that far surpassed the their debut
EP, but was everyone else ready for the new approach Mean Season
had taken in their song writing? The band did not have to wait until
the album was released to find out the answer to that question.
Three months before the New Age Records release date for "Grace"
a copy of the finished LP was leaked out and spread throughout the
States like wildfire. Before the band knew it the kids were singing
perfectly along with the new unreleased songs, though the band was
flattered by the response New Age was understandably not pleased.
"Grace" came out in late 1994 and
put Mean Season right back on the road with another seven weeks
in Europe. Co-head lining with New York hardcore legends Leeway,
the band seemed to be unstoppable.
The end of 1995 brought many changes for the
band. With 2 new songs recorded (1 for the Indecision Records Compilation
“Guilty by Association”) ‘95 also brought the
birth of Aaron’s first child Julian. Mean
Season had been planning another U.S. tour hooking up with Earth
Crisis and one of their all time favorite bands, Integrity but with
Aaron’s growing family responsibilities they found it harder
and harder to make a tour schedule work and the flame in the band
Mean Season’s last show was a sold out
standing room only night at the Showcase theatre in Corona, California.
Unbroken went on right before them making the night as perfect as
it could be…Unbroken played their last show 2 nights later.
In 1996 Mean Season made three special appearances
and proved that the the legacy was still living on. And now in 2005,
with a flame that has been rekindled, you never really know what
“The Memory and I Still Suffer in Love”
will feature a remixed & mastered “Bleed to Me”
7inch, the “It’s For Life” Comp song “Stationary”
and two unreleased songs all from the 1992 Bleed to Me sessions.
The CD will also have a re-mastered version of the “Grace”
LP and the last two songs they ever recorded. An enhanced CD feature
will include classic live footage and a student video for the song
“Lesser Man”. To promote the release, Mean Season will
soon be taking the stage again and maybe a few lives along with