Ensign

In the late 90’s, Ensign was pretty much my favorite band.  I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that they were on Indecision Records from SoCal, and as a result, it felt like Ensign was playing shows around SoCal like every 3 months from 1997-2000 or so.  They really did feel like a CA band just as much as they were a NJ band.  Along with In My Eyes “The Difference Between”, Ensign’s “Direction Of Things To Come” was pretty much the first hardcore record I latched onto that was actually a part of my generation.  I was super into my Minor Threat “Discography” CD and the Gorilla Biscuits “Start Today” CD, but I was just not feeling this metal stuff that a lot of my other friends were telling me was “hardcore”.  I wasn’t being divisive or a dick about it…. At age 16 in 1996, I didn’t know what hardcore did or didn’t mean, but all I knew was people called GB and MT classic hardcore bands, and the metal stuff that people were showing me didn’t sound like GB and MT.  Ensign and In My Eyes did, or at least it was close enough for me.  I latched on hard, and really never let go, even to this day.  For me, “Direction Of Things To Come” will always be one of my favorite records of all time.  A lot of it is nostalgia, but a lot of it is legitimate – I really dig it, even now.  That song “Hold” still gets me so pumped when I hear it.  For some reason, Ensign never got the respect they deserved… They never had the same “cool factor” as Floorpunch, Ten Yard Fight, In My Eyes, Bane, or even Reach The Sky.  That never mattered to me, I liked Ensign better than all of those bands, except for In My Eyes.  That’s right, I said it – that means that I like Ensign wayyyy better than Floorpunch, and I still do!  And it’s not even close for me.  How bout them apples? haha. I think the other reason I always loved Ensign was because of my friend, Mike Stelle, who released the Carry On 7″ on Jitsu Records.  He really loved Ensign too, and he was acquaintances with Tim Shaw, the Ensign vocalist.  So whenever Ensign was out in CA playing all those shows in the late nineties, Mike would let me tag along to shows with him.  Whenever he was hanging around at the show talking with Tim Shaw, Tim would always go out of his way to be really nice to me and talk with me about upcoming CA hardcore bands and stuff.  He’d tell me cool stories about Sick Of It All tour and things like that – he was just really friendly to me.  He didn’t seem “too busy” or “too cool” to be talking to some dumb young kid, and that made a big impression on a 17-19 year old me.  I sometimes overheard him talking with Mike about possibly getting on Fat Wreck Chords (Ensign ended up on Nitro instead), and I actually always really respected him for that.  He said he’d like to be able to do what Sick Of It All has done all these years – do something they love, spread the hardcore message, all while staying true to the things he believed in without the pressure that most major labels would put on bands to become big “rock bands” or something.  He always seemed like he had his heart in the right place, and I took notice of that.  I never have known Tim Shaw personally, so I can’t speak to any of that… Hopefully he’s a great guy, I wouldn’t really know one way or the other!  But sometimes that stuff doesn’t matter, ya know?  The thing that does matter, is the impact that it had on me to be true to myself, to be truthful in what I do and say, regardless of whether it’s “cool” or not.  Obviously it wouldn’t have been “cool” in the hardcore community for Ensign to come out and say they wanted to be on Fat Wreck Chords.  But I felt like Tim didn’t give a fuck, because he was comfortable that he was doing it for worthwhile reasons – to do something he loved and spread a message that was important to him.  Ultimately, all that matters is that nearly 15 years later, I’m writing a blog entry about the importance of these conversations that I overheard… So I’d say that Tim and his band played a part in doing something important and worthwhile.  They helped mold a kid’s perception of the world, who 15 years later, is still putting those lessons learned within the hardcore community into practice out in the real world.

Here’s a photo of me, Ryan Fredette (In Control), and Dave Weinberg (No Reply / The Suicide File) at an Ensign show at Skate Street in Ventura, CA around 1999.  It looks like Tim Shaw is doing some sweet disco dance move straight out of Pulp Fiction or something, haha.  I think No Reply and Fields Of Fire both played the show that night, along with Death By Stereo and probably one more band like Adamantium or Throwdown or one of the heavier Orange County bands.  I love Ryan Fredette’s “Oxnard” embroidered hoodie, haha.  He, Todd Jones, Pat Beltran (RIP), and some of the other guys used to always wear those.

Ensign – “Demo” cassette tapeThe original Ensign demo… You don’t see these every day!  It’s got a funny mid 90’s hardcore vibe meets nu metal sound or something, haha.  But wait, it gets weirder….

A little fun fact about Ensign: by the time they released their first record, they didn’t have any original members!  Here’s proof.  The original Ensign demo doesn’t have any of the members we all knew, not even Tim Shaw on vocals! I don’t know the whole story about how things developed, and/or how Tim Shaw came to sing for Ensign, but here’s the list of original members.

Here’s the lyrics…  I think there’s a rule about naming a song “Edge” and having it not be about straight edge, isn’t there?

Ensign – “s/t” 7″The first Ensign 7″ was originally only pressed on grey vinyl out of 330, and 3,436 on black vinyl (100 with tour cover).  Damn, that’s a lot of records… Things were so different back then.  I can’t imagine a record label pressing that many hardcore 7″s all at once anymore.  They eventually repressed it one time on colored vinyl – blue vinyl, out of 449.  There were some rip-off covers made for both Ensign 7″s for their European Tour.  The “s/t” 7″ got an Underdog rip-off cover, out of 100 copies.  These were/are actually really hard to find.  I remember I had to search for these things for years and years, and finally found a Euro dude who was willing to trade me both tour 7″s.  I know Ensign records may not be the most expensive records out there, but I can pretty much guarantee you it’s still going to be a bitch to find these Euro Tour rip-off 7″ covers.

The layout of the “s/t” 7″ is a glue pocket cover, with a fold-out insert.

Promo poster.

Ensign – “Fall From Grace” 7″I always thought the colored vinyl used for the “Fall From Grace” 7″ looked really cool with the layout.  There were 106 on orange, 225 on white, 600 on green, 4,339 on black.  Whew, again that is a lot of 7″ records pressed!  100 of the black vinyl got the Euro Tour cover, this time a Side By Side rip-off cover.  As I said above, these are super hard to find, even today.  It can also be hard to find a copy on orange vinyl since there’s only 106.

Here’s the back of the Side By Side rip-off cover, complete with Revelation Records + star rip-off logo.  Even the PO Box in Huntington Beach is right on point, since Revelation and Indecision were both based out of HB.  Hell, Dave Mandel who ran Indecision even worked at Revelation and used a lot of the same pressing plant resources, etc etc.

Here’s the layout of the “Fall From Grace” 7″.  It was a glue pocket + insert.

Ensign – “Direction Of Things To Come” LPAs I said up above, “Direction Of Things To Come” is one of my favorite hardcore records of all time… Seriously!  I love this thing.  This one had another huge run of vinyl – 515 on grey/blue vinyl, 3,403 on black vinyl, and 400 on purple vinyl with stamped labels for a European Tour.  I always thought it was cool how the LP jacket color changed to match the vinyl color, from a blue/grey color to a more purple/grey color.  I’m not totally sure if this was done on purpose, but it seems like it was.  I also really like the blue/grey vinyl color and how it matches the layout – very unique and cool looking.  Awesome, cool, sweet, dope record.

Here’s another compare of the blue/grey vinyl vs. purple vinyl.

Here’s a close-up of the stamped labels on the purple vinyl European Tour LP.

Here’s the front and back of the insert.  The mid to late 90’s era of hardcore loved the whole “filmstrip” look in layouts, haha.

Promo poster.

Ensign – “Cast The First Stone” LPThis was their first LP after they made the big move to Nitro Records.  While not quite as good as “Direction”, don’t let anyone fool you – this thing is a good album, too!  Anyone who talked shit was just following the “too cool” herd because it was on Nitro.  This album was actually pretty hard to find on red vinyl, with it being on a larger punk label and all.  I had to wait quite a while to find someone who would trade it to me, because I wasn’t able to get one directly when it first came out.

This album had a really nice 12×24″ poster insert, a la the Judge and Gorilla Biscuits LPs.  The only weird thing is that it’s printed on thin brown newsprint type paper.  Maybe they purposely did it for environmental/recycling reasons, which was a fairly common thing to do in the 90’s.  If so, that’s cool and makes sense.  But if not, I don’t know why they’d use such thin paper.

Here’s a promo poster that I snagged that night at Skate Street in Ventura, CA, where the photo at the top of this blog entry was taken.

This is a cool Minor Threat rip-off shirt that I bought around this era.  I remember buying it at a show at the Pickle Patch in Isla Vista / Santa Barbara, CA.  The Pickle Patch was a venue run by this dude Steve Aoki out of his apartment while he was going to school at UCSB.  It moved around quite a few times, as Steve moved in between school years (and/or because of cops shutting down shows?).  These shows were wild.  This particular location literally had kids diving off the small ass staircase inside a tiny 2 bedroom apartment, with the band playing in the kitchen and kids moshing in the living room.  Kids were spilling out into the parking lot, and hanging out in front of all the other apartment’s doors.  Seriously, Isla Vista is a crazy college party vibe all the time, and there is always so much wild shit going on, that it’s kind of “anything goes”.  This was definitely one of those nights.  I don’t think the cops ever showed up, despite over a hundred hardcore kids milling about this apartment complex parking lot, live music absolutely blaring, and kids stage diving off of stair cases in plain sight with doors wide open.  I know that Ensign, Kill Your Idols, and Adamantium played the show, along with a local band, New Balance (haha).  I don’t remember if there was a 5th+ band.

Here’s another cool Ensign shirt, with an Indecision Records sleeve-print logo as an In ‘N Out Burger rip-off. 

It was sold at a “Christmas 1997 show” at The Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA.  I wasn’t there because that show happened before I moved to the Central Coast of CA for college in summer 1998.  So, I bought this shirt off a friend a year or two later.

Here’s a huge European Tour poster.  I included the 2 tour 7″s at the top of the poster just to show how big the poster is.  I used to have this poster hanging on my wall all throughout college.

Here’s another huge European Tour poster.  This time for a 1999 Tour on the “Cast The First Stone” album.  Behind the poster is a copy of the LP on vinyl to show the size of the poster.

V/A – “Devil’s Night” Compilation 7″This is a live 7″, released on Devil’s Night Oct 30th, 1998 at The Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA with Ensign, Death By Stereo, Adamantium, Eyelid, and The Missing 23rd.  The recording was from a show in July 1998.  There were 1,000 pressed, all on this cool orange/black split halloween vinyl.

Here’s the back cover of the Devil’s Night 7″.  It didn’t come with an insert.  How about Nate Gluck’s Hawaiian shirt?  Fuck yeah! haha.

V/A – “Growing Stronger” Compilation 7″

Ensign was featured on the cover of the “Growing Stronger” 7″ compilation, and recorded their classic song “Hold” for this comp.  I’m really glad Ensign was included on this comp because this seems to be the one and only time that Ensign was properly included in the whole late-90’s-era-cool-revival-hardcore-band-crew.  The “Growing Stronger” comp was basically the “Together comp of the late 90’s” for the Tri-State Area of PA/NJ/NY. It was released in 1997 by Teamwork Records and featured Floorpunch, Ensign, Rain On The Parade, 97a, Pushed Too Far, and Atari. I know more than one person who this comp affected kind of like a “gateway drug” into straightedge hardcore, haha. They somehow got their hands on it, and all of a sudden their eyes were opened to a whole slew of bands playing fast positive hardcore. Each 7″ came with a big fold out poster – the one depicted above features Floorpunch as the live photo. Another one of my copies has a Rain On The Parade poster. At one point I actually owned a test pressing of the Growing Stronger 7″, but I sold it last summer. I got such a sweet score on it!! I was lurking around eBay with a search of “test pressing”, and about 50 test pressings came up that all basically had the same description – “Unknown test pressing XX-XXX (catalog number)….”. I guess a pressing plant had gone out of business, and someone had gone through and listed all the old reference copies (test pressings) that the plant had kept around forever. Most people don’t know this, but even if a record label says there are 8 test pressings, there is most likely at least 9, because most pressing plants will always keep one test pressing on file at the plant, referred to as a “reference copy”. But whoever was listing them didn’t know much about these test pressings other than catalog numbers. So anyway, I scanned down the list and one caught my eye – it simply said something like “Unknown punk test pressing T-4”. I obviously couldn’t have known that “T” must stand for Teamwork Records, but I clicked on it and was able to identify the test pressing as a Growing Stronger comp test pressing due to the other matrix etchings that were listed in the auction description. I scored that test pressing for like $8!! What a score! So despite most Growing Stronger tests coming with a cover and a numbered dust sleeve out of 7, there is definitely an 8th copy, and I used to own it. In a related story, I picked up a Carry On – “Roll With The Punches” on Teamwork Records basically the exact same way, from that same eBay seller. It was always thought that there were only 7 of those, all with “Fuck California” covers, but I owned an 8th copy that did not have the Fuck Cali cover. Anyway, the first pressing of the Growing Stronger comp came with red lettering and had a bunch of versions with hand numbered dust sleeves – red vinyl #/57, clear vinyl #/150, and black vinyl #/300 (or maybe 350?). My black vinyl copy is not numbered, so maybe the remainder of the 1,000 pressed didn’t have numbers? I can’t remember the deal. The next pressing had blue lettering – white vinyl out of 200, and blue vinyl out of 300. There was probably black vinyl too but looks like I didn’t have one of those. The 3rd pressing has yellow lettering with black vinyl. I actually didn’t own a copy with yellow lettering, but when I was in the living room putting this picture together, my roomate Aaron Menesez came out and said I couldn’t do the pic without a yellow lettering copy! So he donated his copy for the pic! Aaron is the most 1997-2003 straight edge hardcore dude I know, and he’s not even straightedge! haha. This dude knows the lyrics to like every single 7″ of that era, from the obvious Floorpunch and Ten Yard fight, to Rancor and Atari, to obscure shit like the Set Straight 7″ on Looking Back Records in Ohio (Jeff Hess, whattup!). And he still loves all of this shit to this day – he gets so pumped any time one of us puts on one of that era’s hardcore records, no matter how big or small the band was. I think that fucking rules.

Red vinyl, #53/57!

At the top is the big fold-out poster that came with some copies of the Growing Stronger comp. This one features Floorpunch as the band in the photo. On the bottom is the insert that was included with all pressings of this 7″.

Ensign / Good Riddance – “Split” 7″This is a really good split 7″, with a bunch of really bad artwork, haha.  I always loved Good Riddance too, so this was an awesome 7″ to me.  But the layouts just sucked.  First, the covers weren’t done, so there’s this ugly limited cover of some gnarly mutilated dude’s face.  Then the actual cover (middle) looks like a bad pop punk band’s CD on Hopeless Records or something. Then years later, the people who ran the record label found 90 copies on black vinyl laying around, so the “Ieper Fest” cover on the right was made and sold at Ieper Fest in Germany.  This cover is just weird because it uses the artwork from the “Price Of Progression” LP layout, which really had nothing to do with this split 7″.  Anyway, cool 7″, bad layouts!

Here’s the back cover of the “Ieper Fest” cover, explaining that a few records were recently found in the basement.  Mine is #76/90.

Ensign / Reaching Forward – “Split” 7″Here’s the Ensign split with Reaching Forward on Reflections Records.  On the left is the limited “Skater” cover with blue vinyl and stamped labels.

As you can see, mine is #25/100 on the back cover, but the vinyl labels say limited edition out of 150. I’m not sure if that’s a typo, or if the other 50 copies have a different cover.

Here’s the layout of the regular cover.

The inside cover.

Ensign / Death By Stereo – “Split” 7″There were 480 on brown vinyl and 1,517 on black vinyl.  The rootbeer colored brown vinyl matches the rootbeer float colored layout well.

The layout was a glue pocket cover + insert.

Ensign – “For What It’s Worth” 7″The “For What It’s Worth” EP has a great Ensign song on it, called “Left Hand Syndrome”.  It’s worth checking out this 4-song EP just for this one song.  It’s a super melodic “later Ensign” song, but I really like it.  I think all of these 7″s were on grey vinyl.

Ensign – “The Price Of Progression” LPThe title of this album pretty much says it all.  “The Price Of Progression” really proved too much for Ensign, and like most hardcore bands, as they tried to progress musically, they just lost quite a bit of their appeal.  I really wanted to like this album – I gave it try after try.  But ultimately, only 6 or 7 out of the 17 songs were songs that really kept my attention.  Don’t get me wrong, I legitimately do really like those 6 or 7 songs — it’s not a stretch or anything.  But that’s just not enough to prompt me to throw on this record that often.  I just think they tried to cover too much ground with this “progression”, and it ended up sounding too much like a hardcore band with some more modern metalcore influences mixed in.  It just didn’t work for me.  I think there were 500 on orange/tan vinyl, a bunch on black, and much later there was a tour pressing on blue vinyl (which I never owned).  I still do respect the fact that Ensign has pushed on, and still plays every once in a while.  Bands should always just do what feels right for them, and if making music with your buddies is still feeling good, by all means, keep it up!

Here’s the big 12×24″ poster insert.  Just like the “Cast The First Stone” LP, it is printed on really thin, brown, newsprint type paper.  Maybe that’s just how Nitro Records prefers to print inserts…

V/A – “All Systems Go!” Compilation LP

Ensign did an Underdog “Say It To My Face” cover for the “All Systems Go Comp”, so when I came across a really cheap copy of a test pressing, I went ahead and picked it up for like $18.  The auction for the test pressing actually included a regular copy on black vinyl as well.

The “All Systems Go!” LP comp was also pressed on blue vinyl and blue/orange split vinyl.  I owned a copy on blue marble vinyl, as well as the blue/orange vinyl shown above, but the blue vinyl didn’t make the photo because I already sold it. You can see the blue color they used by looking at the blue/orange copy – the blue was pretty unique. It was a deep navy blue, but then paired with an ugly orange/tan marble type color. Unique, but ugly.  (Disregard that other 7″ comp that is shown here, featuring Bane, etc. I grabbed this photo from my Bane write-up, since Bane also appeared on the All Systems Go comp, doing a Chain Of Strength cover.)

7 Responses to Ensign

  1. Dan says:

    Good to see there’s some people out there who still appreciates this band!
    I got into them because Indecison was the shit to me in ’99-01, they released al lot of stuff I still like to this day like Count me Out, Throwdown, Death By stereo, Time Flies, Faded Grey.. Over here in Europe, It was kinda hard to get Indecions vinyl, so I bought most of the stuf on CD. Still makes me kinda sad, maybe I should start collecting them after all..
    Either way, checking out Indecisions back catalogue, I was instantyl hooked on Ensign and “Cast the 1st stone” was a really great album as well.
    It’s not like they ever were my favorite band or even close, but it always puzzled me ho little attention they got. They were close with SOIA and were touring with them, Nitro wasn’t a bad label at all at the time, HC or not, but somehow they never got their share of the hype.
    I couldn’ agree more on Left hand Syndrome and the Price of progression… such a great song but a disappointing album.
    And just for the sake of completition:
    In 2003, Ensign released a cover album called Love the Music, hate kids which I think was their last output. I have no idea if it was even released on vinyl.

    • Dan says:

      PS: And regarding the GR/Ensign split: Ieper Fest is a Belgian festival and the Ieper fest edition was put out by Goodlife Recordings. I don’t know the history of that, but Goodlife did the European licensed pressing for quite a few cool bands at the time.

  2. Nathan Gluck says:

    Thanks for the cool in-depth write up here. It’s nice to see alot of this stuff and read people’s perspective on various things. I’d be more than happy to help update or explain any of the stuff that’s missing or questions you may have. We’re working on material for 2 new EP’s that will hopefully finally see the light of day later this year. Again, thanks for doing this!

    Nate Ensign

  3. Nathan Gluck says:

    Quick note regarding what you say about the demo & original members: Chris, John & Walt (Walter) all performed on the first 7inch so the only real change from the demo was that they dropped Vin as 2nd guitarist and Tim replaced Graham as vocalist. There’s actually a comp called Music Does A Body Good that features a re-recording of the demo song Blue Skies from the same recording sessions as the first 7inch. Also, the original version of MPSR (track 1, side B of the Fall From Grace 7inch) is on a comp called Ten Years Later – The Comp which was from the first 7inch recording sessions too. I replaced Walt as bassist in April of ’96 and did all the touring for the first 7inch. Chris left the band after that summer of touring in 1996 and was replaced by Ryan Murphy (Undertow, Ten Yard Fight) and we went into the studio to record the songs that became the Fall From Grace 7inch and our contributions to the Growing Stronger & All Systems Go! comps. John finally left the band in August of 1997, just a few months short of the release of Direction Of Things To Come. However, John did record that album with us and was the last of the original founding members to leave the band. In October of 2010, we played a show at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ where, for the first time in 14 years, the line-up from the first 7inch (with me still on bass instead of Walt) performed together and played those songs (including the bonus & comp tracks).

  4. Nathan Gluck says:

    Not to keep blowing up your blog but since I’m here and reading things in more depth, here’s a few more odds & ends…

    A little inside joke amongst the band, the colors for the Fall From Grace 7inch were picked because everyone in the band at that time was of Irish descent so we decided to do green, white & orange to symbolize the flag of Ireland.

    The European pressing of Direction was conceived in reverse of what you suggest above. When Mandel originally pressed the album, the pressing plant screwed up and printed the jackets more purple instead of blue so they had to be scrapped and reprinted. He wound up keeping a bunch of the original jackets and when we went to tour Europe for the first time the decision was made to make a special pressing of the vinyl in a more purple color so it would match the misprinted jackets. I still remember sitting in Mandel’s bedroom with a stack of blank labels, hand stamping each of the them with the Indecision logo on one side and the limited Euro pressing info on the other.

    The version of Hold on the Growing Stronger comp was from the recording sessions we did for Fall From Grace, as was the Underdog cover. All of those songs were originally recorded because there was a label in Japan that wanted to license our stuff but needed more material than we had available on the first EP so we went into the studio and recorded those 6 songs so they could release it as a full-length. We then took Hold for the Growing Stronger comp, the Underdog cover for a Suburban Voice zine comp and then eventually the All Systems Go! comp, and Mandel suggested we use the remaining songs to release a 7inch which is what became Fall From Grace.

    The split with Good Riddance was interesting. We got the vinyl in but the covers weren’t done by the time we left for tour so we (Ensign & Good Riddance) stopped off at a Kinko’s and made those temporary covers. There’s actually a few versions of them. There is a band & crew only version of the autopsy picture that is in red & black ink (16, the b&w only version was 250). There’s an alternate cover which has Chuck from Good Riddance’s face on it (100). He smushed his face into the copier and used the picture that came out. There’s also a Targum Productions version of the coffin cover on tan paper (15). That coffin drawing is actually from an old NJ punk band called Sticks & Stones. Our roadie Clay, who worked at the Targum, used it on a flyer for a show we played one time and we really liked it so we contacted the guy from S&S who drew it and got his permission to use it on The Price Of Progression. It’s also interesting to note that on the actual covers (yes, the really bad race car pop punk design), the Ensign songs are listed in reverse (i.e. Where Did We Go Wrong / Tourniquet). Oops!

    For the Reaching Forward split, the remaining 50 copies of the 150 pressing on blue have that same skater cover but are printed on grey paper instead of white and are numbered out of 50. I don’t actually have one of those myself, for some reason Reflections never sent us any band copies of that version, just the other one.

    All of the For What It’s Worth 7inches are on grey vinyl but there are a few different tour covers. There is a Japan 2001 Tour Press cover (100) that is a Bl’ast! ripoff but also includes the coffin artwork (not sure why we used that so much, haha) and an East Coast Assault 2007 cover (150) that has a design from one of our t-shirts. Also, if you read the insert you’ll notice that both Cast In Shadows and Left Hand Syndrome are listed as being from the forthcoming album “the price of progression” but we only wound up putting Cast In Shadows on that album. We did re-record Left Hand Syndrome but it hasn’t been released. If you email me, I’ll send you an mp3 of it. I think it’s a much better version.

    The Price Of Progression was pressed on 3 colors with the first pressing being 500 on that orange / tan color and 500 on black. The second pressing was 500 on clear blue but we broke them up into 2 different tour presses. 300 were for a European tour and the other 200 had a Suicidal Tendencies ripoff for a US tour. I’m pretty sure I have a few extra copies on blue lying around, I’d be happy to sell you one for your collection if you’d like. There’s a lot that goes into the story behind the making of Price and for me it will always be my favorite but that’s because of how personal that album was.

    The only vinyl release that isn’t represented here is the split 7inch we did in 2003 with a band from the UK called Fig. 4.0. There were 500 pressed on black vinyl and it was released by Household Name Records. We had 3 songs on our side of the 7inch and all of them were bonus tracks from the Price of Progression recording sessions. Other than that the only missing discography items are CD’s. In 2000 Indecision released a CD called Three Years Two Months Eleven Days which included all of the 7inches, bonus and comp songs during the time we were on Indecision. It also includes the songs from the Devil’s Night comp plus a few extra live tracks from the same show. In 2001 there was a 3-way split CD release in Japan with us, Kill Your Idols, and Decay. It was released in conjunction with a tour all 3 of us did together and features the last 2 songs that Murph & Mackenzie recorded with us. It’s called Joined East : Results and was released by Sub-Mission Records. The last release was 2003’s Love The Music, Hate The Kids covers CD which was released in the US by Blackout! Records and in Europe by Join The Team Player Records. The 2 versions are almost identical except for the back cover and CD face. The US version had a hidden track of the Misfits cover with the scratch vocals I did for everyone to sing along to, the Euro version doesn’t have a hidden track. It does have a bonus track that isn’t on the US version though. It has our cover of Article Of Faith’s song, My Father’s Dreams. It was supposed to be released on vinyl by War Machine but they never wound up putting it out. The vinyl version would not have included the Misfits cover at all and instead had a bonus unreleased Descendents cover of Coolidge.

    • Kyle Whitlow says:

      Nate, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and update with all that good info. Ensign was a cool part of my younger hardcore years, and I really do believe that you all deserve so much more credit than you ever got for those sweet tunes you released in that era of all the other “revival stuff”. “Direction” will always have this huge nostalgic value to me!

  5. tinman says:

    Hey! Really great ensign collection, if you ever want to sell your tour presses/ posters or any other ensign stuff could you please let me know?

    Thanks
    James

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