Schism Records #1 features John Porcelly, guitarist of Youth Of Today, in a secret project with him on vocals…. Project X, duh! The basic info always pasted around the internet was: “Project X only practiced three times before they recorded the 7”. Walter (“N.D.”) only made it to two of them and the record only cost $100 to record.” There have always been a ton of bootlegs of this 7″ floating around, but typically you can tell a real one by the brown-ish paper cover. Sure, someone could try to boot that too, but if you’ve ever seen one of these up close, you can see why it would be kind of hard to bootleg this thing. It’s a really weird paper that is super thin, not quite paper-bag-brown, but not light enough to be off-white, but not quite newsprint either. So if you know what you’re looking for, it’s pretty easy to spot a fake. In fact, after I posted this blog entry, Chris Daily emailed me with this great information about the paper (thanks Chris!): “Maybe useless info and maybe cool tidbit….I just happened to notice the write up on the PX cover paper, you will also notice that the 2 color SOIA lyric sheet (2 colors was just something I did in school, rest of the pressing it was not cost effective to do 2 colors), the Side By Side Lyric sheet and the NFAA lyric sheet are all the same paper…..I printed them for Rev (and Schism) while in High School so all the paper should be the same.” Now that he mentions it, it’s obvious that the SOIA, NFAA, and SBS 1st pressing inserts all have the exact same paper that was used on the Project X 7″ – cool! Ok, back to the PX 7″… Only 500 copies were pressed of the real deal. 300 of these 7″s came with Schism Fanzine #7. Another 100 were stamped with “Project X Side A” and “Schism 1” and sold at a Bold Show. The other 100 were sold separately. Most have hand-written labels, but I can’t remember if it’s all 400, or if the 300 with the zine had hand written labels while the last 100 are blank, or what. Anyway, the only thing that matter is mine says “I was straightedge before you heard Sex Pistols!” hahaha. I’ll probably always hang onto this 7″ because I think that little message is so awesome. I got this 7″ in a trade with my buddy Giampaolo from Italy. He’s always been a great friend to me. I met him via trading in the late 90’s on the Rev board, and we did tons of little trades. Then when I traveled to Europe after graduating college in 2002, he showed me around Rome for an evening. It was great meeting him, and we’ve always kept in touch (whattup Paolo!). Sometime around 2007 or so, we executed a pretty big trade where I got this PX 7″ with hand written labels, a Mouthpiece “Increase the Grease” stamp /50, that weird AN demo on blue/turquoise (1 of a kind!) , and a Right Brigade / A Poor Excuse 7″ test pressing. We’ve done quite a few trades over the span of literally probably 13 years or so, but that one was probably the biggest. The other Project X 7″ you see pictured is one of the stamped copies sold at the Bold show, out of 100. I’ve owned one of these a couple times over the years and subsequently traded it away. Each time it came back to me via a purchase of some kind. I never did own a copy with a Schism fanzine. For some reason I just never had much interest in getting that. I felt like I’d have a hard time storing it safely and meaningfully with all the rest of my records, so I’d rather just have records only.
Judge’s NY Crew 7″ is a fucking classic. I’ve owned all of my Schism copies for a looong time, and I honestly can’t remember how/when I got them, so I don’t have a lot of interesting stuff to post about them. I know I picked each up individually sometime in the late 90’s when I was first starting college. Schism did 3 different pressings of 1,000 copies each. 1st pressing is white labels. 2nd and 3rd pressing are both yellow labels. You can tell the difference between 2nd and 3rd pressing by the location of the lyrics, shown below.
Later the NY Crew 7″ was repressed by Revelation, and has had many variations over the 20+ years. They started with orange covers, then switched to yellow covers, and the insert color has changed from orange, to purple, to yellow, to white. I’m going to re-use the photo that I took of all the Judge 7″s for the Revelation Records post. The only copies that are Schism releases are the first 3 on the top left. Revelation pressings of NY Crew are on the bottom row. Those other 7″s in the top right are a live bootleg Judge 7″.
Schism repressed the Youth Of Today “Can’t Close My Eyes” 7″ on LP format, and it was co-released/distributed by Caroline. This was pretty common in the late 80’s NYHC era, with quite a few bands getting bigger “distribution deal” type things. You’ll see both Schism and Caroline logos on this release. The 1st pressing has white labels, the 2nd pressing has red labels.
Close-up of the 1st pressing Schism labels. The b-side label is a live photo. The 2nd press labels are totally different. Not only are they red, but the A-side label lists only the A-side songs, and the B side has an identical label that lists only the B-side songs. There is no live photo on the b-side like on the 1st pressing.
The 12″ version of “Can’t Close My Eyes” was later re-pressed by Revelation Records and there was a European release on We Bite Records in Europe. I’m only including the main photo above – see the Youth Of Today post for a description of each of these.
Schism’s last release – the Wide Awake 7″. The first pressing has white or red labels. There are a few copies of the first pressing that has a really light colored blue X on the sleeve, because the printers kinda messed up a few of them. I’ve never owned one, nor really cared to. I’m just not much into the whole “different shades” type of collecting. The 2nd pressing has this alternative “Sammy” cover (drummer). Supposedly some have red labels and some have grey labels. Technically to complete this, you’d have a Sammy cover with red labels and a Sammy cover with grey labels. I bought all of these at the same time for pretty cheap when I was buying a whole slew of records off a dude back in 2006 or 2007. I never wanted to seek out any other cross-combinations of this. I’ve got all 3 color labels, and both cover variations. Done.
My Schism collection, at is peak:
- SCHISM RECORDS
- SKIZ-1 Project X – 7″ (original Schism, stamped A-side in BLACK ink “Project X Side A”, stamped B-side in RED ink “Schism 1”, out of 100)
- SKIZ-1 Project X – 7″ (original Schism, hand-written labels “I was straightedge before you heard The Sex Pistols”)
- SKIZ-2 Judge – New York Crew (BLACK, WHITE labels, 1st press, Schism)
- SKIZ-2 Judge – New York Crew (BLACK, YELLOW labels, 2nd press, Schism)
- SKIZ-2 Judge – New York Crew (BLACK, YELLOW labels, 3rd press, Schism, lyrics on insert instead of inside of cover)
- SKIZ-3 Youth Of Today – Can’t Close My Eyes (BLACK, WHITE labels, 1st press, Schism/Caroline)
- SKIZ-3 Youth Of Today – Can’t Close My Eyes (BLACK, RED labels, 2nd press, Schism/Caroline)
- SKIZ-4 Wide Awake – CT. Hardcore (1st press, WHITE labels -slight hairline crack in vinyl, but plays fine)
- SKIZ-4 Wide Awake – CT. Hardcore (1st press, RED labels)
- SKIZ-4 Wide Awake – CT. Hardcore (2nd press, Sammy cover, GREY labels)