Altar Boys – Against The Grain – 1987

The 4th offering from Altar Boys is a transition album for the guys. They have drifted away from 2 minute punk sounds to a more Rock and at times New Wave sound. I was surprised when I went surfing to read up on the album and actually found very little commentary on it. I find this surprising as I was under the understanding that this was one of their best selling albums. I quite enjoy this album as I’m sure many others did. If your looking for a bit of the older Altar Boys sound listen to “Hearts Lost in Nowhere”. If you needed proof the band was evolving how about “Where’s The New World?” coming in at a whopping 5:18, an incredible long song for the band that started out specializing in two and a half minute songs. My personal favourite track is “Kids Are On the Run” in which I can hear a bit of their original sound but really it has a more “The Alarm” feel.

1 – Fallen World – 4:05
2 – Kids Are On The Run – 3:48
3 – Hearts Lost In Nowhere – 4:01
4 – Broken – 3:56
5 – Where’s The New World? – 5:18
6 – Against The Grain – 2:28
7 – Human Sound – 4:21
8 – Take Control – 3:11
9 – Shout Louder! – 3:33
10 – Count On Love – 4:27

Band [Altar Boys Are Still] – Jeff Crandall, Mike Stand, Ric Alba
Bass, Backing Vocals, Piano – Ric Alba
Design [Cover], Art Direction – Ed McTaggart
Drums, Backing Vocals – Jeff Crandall
Guitar, Vocals – Mike Stand
Mixed By – Doug Doyle, Rob Watson
Photography By – Linda Baley
Producer – The Altar Boys, Terry Scott Taylor
Tambourine, Instruments [Other] – Al-x

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Frontline Records (3)
Copyright (c) – Frontline Records (3)
Copyright (c) – Broken Songs
Published By – Broken Songs
Produced At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.
Recorded At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.
Mixed At – 3-D Studios, Costa Mesa CA.
Distributed By – The Benson Company
Distributed By – The Master’s Collection
Distributed By – Kingsway Publications Ltd.
Mastered At – Record Technology Incorporated – 24139
Mastered At – Record Technology Incorporated – 24140

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Author: Ray Mansfield

One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

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