Numero Group’s “It Came From N.Y.C.” — the quintessential resurrection of WHITE ZOMBIE’s eternally out-of-print early EPs and LPs — will be made available on June 3. This set is the most exhaustive attempt so far to document the band’s wondrously ugly birth. Get reintroduced to WHITE ZOMBIE as New York noise-rock, a grotesque creation that clawed and threatened its way to crossover metal glory.
In anticipation of the release, WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult sat down with the Wall Street Journal to reflect on the old days of the band and share some unheard music. The interview covers everything from their influences, to how Yseult and Rob Zombie co-founded the band, how they scraped cash together to press their early records, and beyond.
A newly unearthed WHITE ZOMBIE track recorded in 1986, titled “Scarecrow #2”, can be streamed below.
Years before Beavis and Butt-head headbanged “Thunder Kiss ’65” and “More Human than Human” into the eternal rock video canon, there was primordial WHITE ZOMBIE — a diabolically loud by-product of Manhattan’s underground rock scene, born of art-school rendezvous and squalid apartment circumstance.
“It Came From N.Y.C.” is the most exhaustive attempt so far to document the band’s wondrously ugly birth. Get reintroduced to WHITE ZOMBIE as New York noise-rock, a grotesque creation that clawed and threatened its way to crossover metal glory.
Spread across five LPs or three compact discs, all 39 tracks have been remastered by WHITE ZOMBIE guitarist J. Yuenger and packaged alongside the original lurid artwork. The accompanying 108-page book painstakingly documents WHITE ZOMBIE’s punishing progression through scores of unpublished photos, period discography, a T-shirtography, and tales from the terrifying early years that stitch together the sordid story of a band whose true power eclipsed its mainstream heyday.
“It Came From N.Y.C.” package details:
* 5LPs or 3 CDs
* 108-page hardcover book
* 20,000 word essay by Grayson Currin
* Flyer gallery
* Complete shirtography, 1985-1990
* 50 previously unpublished photographs
* Available on black, white*, and Toxic Waste Green* vinyl
*only available via Numero Group website
“It Came From N.Y.C.” track listing:
“God’s On Voodoo Moon” 7″ – 1985
01. Gentleman Junkie
02. King Of Souls
03. Tales From The Scare Crow Man
04. Cat’s Eye Resurrection
05. Black Friday*
06. Dead or Alive*
“Pig Heaven” 7″ – 1986
01. Pig Heaven
02. Slaughter The Grey
03. Scarecrow #2*
04. Red River Flow*
05. Rain Insane*
06. Paradise Fireball*
“Psycho-Head Blowout” 12″ EP – 1987
02. Fast Jungle
03. Gun Crazy
07. True Crime
“Soul-Crusher” 12″ LP – 1987
02. Shack Of Hate
03. Drowning The Colossus
04. Crow III
05. Die Zombie Die
07. Truck On Fire
08. Future Shock
09. Scum Kill
10. Diamond Ass
“Make Them Die Slowly” 12″ LP – 1989
02. Disaster Blaster
05. Acid Flesh
06. Power Hungry
“God Of Thunder” 12″ EP – 1989
01. God Of Thunder
02. Love Razor
03. Disaster Blaster-2
Pre-order here via Numero Group.