News has been fairly quiet from the Ian MacKaye/Dischord/Fugazi camp ever since last summer’s exciting update from Guy Picciotto in which he revealed the legendary Washington D.C. punk band’s plan to release “almost every show [they] ever played” in a digital format via a forthcoming website. Now, 9 months later and 9 years since they’re indefinite hiatus began, MacKaye has offered a few updates in a rare interview with Approaching Oblivion.
MacKaye revealed that they’ve completed converting “a database of 1000’s of live recordings” on various DAT and cassette tapes to digital files, but are still mastering and indexing individual songs from the archive. “We’re hoping it will be up in the near future. The idea at the moment is to start it with 100 shows. Then put 20 more on every month or something.” As for a possible Fugazi reunion, MacKaye said he remains in close touch with everyone in the band, but, despite lucrative offers to reform, an end to the almost decade-long hiatus isn’t yet in the works:
I listened to Low End Theory from beginning to end (the way you’re supposed to) last night and it dawned on me that it was released almost 20 years ago.
I remember the day Peter bought this record and played it for me - I was a fan of their first album, though it was this one that struck a real chord. It’s hard to put into words how fresh Low End sounded at the time. From this, the opening track, all the way through to the more popular, Scenario, Tribe felt like the past, present and future all rolled into one.
It was in high rotation for at least the next decade or so. I’ve lived another lifetime since then, but this music sounds as urgent, smooth and relevant as it did the first time I heard it. Maybe I’m just part of a certain demographic, but in my opinion, this is without a doubt, an unsung masterpiece.