Monday, January 12, 2009

Method - S/T CD & 7 Inch

So, this is Method. 

My connection to Method and the reason I'm posting this collection of their self-titled CD and 7" is because in 1996 this band was my introduction to Milwaukee hardcore. 

I was friends with a guy named Romie, and his cousin worked at McDonalds on 76th and Oklahoma if I remember correctly, and was in this band. Romie borrowed the CD to me, and I dubbed a copy of it to tape with Neurosis' Through Silver In Blood record (which at the time, and still in retrospect, I can hear a similarity / connection between) on the other side. I'd listen to this on the busride to school all the time. 

That cassette got me to start branching out from listening to nothing but death / black metal, and opened a lot of doors for me. I was bored with the monthly Morta Skuld / Rotted shows that were popular at the time and hungry for something outside of the box. Method's death metal looking logo gave me just enough of an excuse to give them a shot, and I'm happy right now that I did.

I don't believe I've ever knowingly met anyone who was in this band, and I only got to see them once in a basement in Riverwest so long ago that I barely even remember who I went with or who else played, but this CD was well ahead of its time. Kids would be eating this shit up if it came out today.

If anyone's got a better history on this band, comment in response. 



Blogger Eric S said...

Wow, thanks for posting this! I have the cd and 7 inch, but wanted to see if someone out there had a better 7 inch rip than the terrible one I made. Method is still in my opinion the best hardcore band to come out of Milwaukee.
I saw Method quite a few times in between '96 and '99 (?), including their last ever show at Club Karate. They were really nice guys once we worked up the courage to approach them. Jim, the singer and really funny guy, always wore the same dirty t-shirt and never wore shoes, and never shaved. At least not until later.
Their bassist (wish I could remember his name, a really nice guy) went to school in Oshkosh I think and helped Level Blessing record their demo. Don't know what happened to everyone after that. Jim made 100 homemade sleeves for the 7" out of homemade recycled paper and stitched together twigs. I still have mine.
They had an unusual stage presence. They always played with their back to the crowd, which sounds rude, but I thought it was pretty awesome. I actually have an old tape of one of their shows in Port Washington. Unfortunately it's very very dark and the sound is awful.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Eric S said...

I've uploaded a video of Method on youtube:

6:04 PM  

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