Negative Trend were ground zero for California punk.
Formed in San Francisco in 1977, they shared the stage
with other now-legendary bands such as Dead Kennedys,
The Dils, The Avengers, and The Sleepers. Their sole EP
first appeared in 1978 to reveal the shape of punk to come.
“Black and Red” features guitarist Craig Gray’s nihilistic
riffs and singer Mikal Waters’s ominous battle cries.
“Meathouse” is a hardcore anti-ballad to the Mabuhay Gardens,
San Francisco’s answer to CBGB’s.
The group disbanded soon after a brief sojourn with vocalist
Rik L. Rik (F-Word), yet the break-up birthed even
more maladjusted offspring. Will Shatter (bass) and Steve
DePace (drums) formed Flipper, and Gray would go on
to found Toiling Midgets (the first band signed to Rough
Trade’s US label).
One of the most sought-after US punk records, the
Negative Trend EP made such an impression on a young
Henry Rollins that decades later he reissued it on CD on
his 2.13.61 imprint. Superior Viaduct and Subterranean
Records are proud to make Negative Trend available again
on vinyl in its original 7-inch format.