Freedom Has No Bounds

April 8th, 2011 by

Decontrol – Live @ CEC in West Philly


Decontrol was born in 1980, started as a two-man hardcore outfit by Adam Avery. Adam played a combination guitar / bass along with a bass drum over original singer Zero’s caterwalling vocals. It was horrible, but soon became 100% better when Adam fired the other half of Decontrol and recruited the amazing skills of Ritchie Birch on guitar and Keith Lenderman on drums. Adam settled on bass and vocals. (stolen from their website)
These videos are from the CEC in West Philly I’m guessing from 84 or 85. Most of the songs from their album Songs from the Gut are here which by the way you can buy (along with lots of extra tracks)

at cdbaby. Another Philly band that should be up there with all the legendary hardcore bands from the rest of the county. It’s amazing how a little thing like starting songs off with A-B-C-D instead of 1-2-3-4 can stand out so much but I’ve never heard another band do it and I will always identify it with Decontrol. The good news is if you missed them they are back together and working on a new album. I have to admit I have not seen them since the 80’s but I plan to make up for that next time they play a show in Philly. I have more Decontrol video I will try to get up at some point one is a show from AC opening for Toxic Reasons and the other is opening for Scream at the West Side Club.
If your on Facebook go to their page and “like” Below the videos are the audio tracks and a slide show of Decontrol flyers. As usual there were a couple of songs I wasn’t sure of the titles but hopefully someone will fill me in on it and I’ll update the post.

Thanks again to Pete at for the beta tapes



Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 01 – Young And Tired


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 02 – Bunker


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 03 – What You Going To Do


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 04 – Holiday In NJ


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 05 – Joe Blow


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 06 – We Are All Prostitutes


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 07 – Never Again


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 08 – Depraved Condition


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 09 – Too Much Pressure


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 10 – Born To Be Wild/Death Wish


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 11 – Fascists/Philly Cops


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 12 – Back From The Grave


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 13 – Jack The Ripper/Paint It Black


Decontrol Live CEC, Philly 14 – 1992/encore


Audio files

01 – Young And Tired
02 – Bunker
03 – What You Going To Do
04 – Holiday In NJ
05 – Joe Blow
06 – We Are All Prostitutes
07 – Never Again
08 – Depraved Condition
09 – Too Much Pressure
10 – Born To Be Wild/Death Wish
11 – Fascists/Philly Cops
12 – Back From The Grave
13 – Jack The Ripper/Paint It Black
14 – 1992/encore
MediaFire Zip

The flyers are (mostly) from a CD-ROM compilation of flyers called Artifacts of the Improbable by James Lewes.

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