WCI member Jay Reason grew up in the underground hardcore / punk rock scene, spending time in bands such as The Distance and Blackened (which features ex and current members of metal juggernaut HATEBREED). His first band Voice of Reason, a well known Connecticut hardcore band, is releasing their complete discography this summer.
Ear One Productions confirms the upcoming release of Looking Back To The Way Things Were: Voice Of Reason 1995 – 2001, the entire discography from influential turn-of-the-century hardcore act, VOICE OF REASON, clocking in with seventy-two minutes of positive, West Coast-influenced youth crew songs, including demos, compilation and unreleased tracks, and their full-length album.
Check out the video for their anthem “Still The Same” and album details after the jump!
Having disbanded in 2001, throughout their short existence, VOICE OF REASON managed to release a slew of EPs, compilation tracks, and ultimately a full-length album via Triple Crown Records. Looking Back To The Way Things Were: Voice Of Reason 1995 – 2001 is a remastered collection of thirty-three tracks of the band’s twenty-two-song discography, including multiple demo and comp versions of some songs. Connecticut-based Ear One Productions — who formed just over a year ago with the intent of specifically releasing music only from their home state — will release Looking Back To The Way Things Were… as a limited edition numbered digipak CD with a poster in a one-time run of 500 copies on June 3rd.
VOICE OF REASON was a popular melodic hardcore band formed in the mid-1990s. Founding members, guitarist Mike Sabia and vocalist Jay Reason, launched the band from the local Connecticut hardcore scene. An array of flyers from the mid-‘90s to early 2000s boasts the band’s name on an eclectic array of bills, ranging from Hatebreed and Warzone to New Found Glory and Saves The Day. In the band’s early stages, they were often compared to 7 Seconds and Gorilla Biscuits. It was only appropriate that they would team up with NYC’s legendary producer, Don Fury (Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick Of It All), for their initial demo. In 1999, Fury mentioned “VOICE OF REASON have a quality that I look for in young bands – they believe in what they are doing, and they’re not afraid to just be themselves.” Don Fury would go on to receive producing credits for the majority of the band’s output, and was often cited as helping them evolve their sound into a more melodic structure. It didn’t take long for VOR to set themselves apart from their contemporaries with a driving edge that made them contenders within the post-hardcore scene as much as the scene that helped birth them.
VOICE OF REASON:
Jay Reason – lead vocals
Mike Sabia- lead guitar, backing vocals
Van Hartley – drums
Grant Ries – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Patrick Brenna – bass