Minor Threat, a name synonymous with the hardcore punk scene of Washington, D.C., has always been more than just a band; they’re a symbol of raw, unadulterated energy and DIY ethos. As we approach the 40th anniversary of their seminal “Out of Step” EP, Dischord Records is set to release a rare gem – the “Out of Step Outtakes.” This upcoming release, scheduled for December 1, 2023, promises to be a nostalgic dive into the band’s creative process during a pivotal moment in their career.
In January 1983, the band entered Inner Ear Studio, newly expanded into a five-piece ensemble. They laid down six tracks that would become the heart of “Out of Step,” along with re-recordings of classics like “In My Eyes” and “Filler” with a dual-guitar sound.
Also included was the quirky instrumental “Addams Family,” and the tongue-in-cheek “Cashing In,” capturing the band’s humor and commentary on the DC punk scene.
These outtakes, long forgotten and rediscovered in 2021, offer fans a unique glimpse into the evolution of Minor Threat’s sound.
The release on clear vinyl, complete with an inner sleeve and a spined 7″ sleeve, also includes a digital pre-order with unlimited streaming via the Bandcamp.
For fans of punk and new listeners alike, “Out of Step Outtakes” comes as a piece of punk history, a reminder of the days when music was loud, fast, and unapologetically honest.