Prepare for Saturday’s Lest We Forget show with the help of MKEPunk.com
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When we first checked in with MKEPunk.com in 2010, the fledgling website had just begun the daunting task of gathering rare, hard-to-find, and out-of-print Milwaukee music to give it a permanent digital home. Jeremy Ampe, Pete Prodoehl, and Martin Defatte act as curators for the meticulously organized site, which specializes in Milwaukee punk, emo, indie, and hardcore from the ’80s through the ’00s. Two years later, the mission remains the same, and the site is still going strong—MKEPunk.com recently celebrated its third anniversary and its 200th release.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years,” Ampe told The A.V. Club in 2010. “Friends have been collecting all their old recordings off of tapes and records and putting them on CDs for a while. I thought it would be cool to have a site where anyone in the Milwaukee punk/underground DIY scene could share their out-of-print records.”
Though the bulk of MKEPunk.com’s material comes from the mid-’90s, there are plenty of earlier releases to satiate the 40+ crowd. In preparation for Saturday’s Lest We Forget show at Turner Hall, we combed through the site’s archives and picked out a few relevant releases. Check ’em out below, and be sure to block off a few hours to peruse MKEPunk.com’s 205 other selections.
• Die Kreuzen: Starship Demos 1981
Though its members have been quick to share the love, the highlight of Saturday’s show is the reunion of legendary Milwaukee group Die Kreuzen. And what better way to bone up on the band than by listening to one its earliest releases? The first five tracks were recorded in the basement of the long-defunct downtown club Starship, while tracks six through nine were recorded live in the club itself. (Check out our three-part oral history of Die Kreuzen, beginning tomorrow.)
• Tense Experts: Tense Experts
Milwaukee-by-way-of-Rockford, Illinois’s Tense Experts were early friends of Die Kreuzen, and will also reunite for Saturday’s show. This 25-song release covers the entire history of the band, from 1981-1983.
• Chainfall: Demos
Following the demise of Die Kreuzen in 1992, vocalist Dan Kubinski, bassist Keith Brammer, and drummer Erik Tunison went on to form Chainfall. This collection of demos includes terrific rockers “Slow Burn” and “1,000 Suns,” as well as the ballad-esque “Useless.”