Before the 90s. Before the internet. Before Nevermind. Back when something called independent music first began reaching a wider audience, through college radio, word-of-mouth, and that small underground record store you seem to find in every town; there was a band from Boston called Lemonheads.

Having released their one and only BBC Session; “Bored On The Fourth Of July’” (making it commercially available for the first time ever) in 2015, which follows on from the comprehensive reissue series of their early punk years, this startling and fuzzed-up collection of unreleased material serves as the perfect firecracker blast from Fire Records.

On the Fourth of July in 1989, the Lemonheads entered the hallowed studios of the BBC. The band were at the end of a European tour and only too happy to find themselves recording a session for the legendary John Peel. It came at a time of huge change as original founding member Ben Deily had just departed, their third album “Lick” had just been released, and they were on the cusp of signing their souls away to Atlantic. They roared through some of their now iconic tracks, including “Mallo Cup” and “Circle of One” from “Lick”, as well as grunge banger “Clang Bang Clang” from the album “Creator” and gave an early preview of “(The) Door”, before it would become beloved for its soaring heavy rock guitar lines and snarly vocals, which would later be on display on their follow-up album “Lovey”.

These blistering tracks are taken from their formative years; wild and raw, they capture the intense and volatile nature of a band often in turmoil, both with their pop and punk instincts and often with one another.

“The Lemonheads have always been recognised as purveyors of grade-A pop-punk” Record Collector