Recorded in April 1994, Six Song Demo predates both of Rites Of Spring’s official releases and, despite their then youth as band, they sound almost fully formed. Most of what Rites Of Spring are known for is present here. As frantic sounding as ever, they come across as angry and impassioned. The guitars are less jangly and Guy Picciotto’s voice is hoarser and less developed, but aside from that, everything is as it is on the non-demo records. After recording this demo, Rites Of Spring would go on to develop their sound more, taking as much from their fellow punks as British post-punk, particularly early Eighties U2, who seem to have a surprising large influence on the Dischord roster. They’d become more melodic, janglier, slightly more rounded in their song writing. It may not a vital addition to your record collection, but Six Song Demo is an interesting and enjoyable release from one of the best bands and labels in hardcore.