Rites Of Spring

Brendan Canty, Michael Fellows, Eddie Janney, Guy Picciotto

Also known as R.O.S.
Members of Rites Of Spring: Brendan Canty, Eddie Janney, Guy Picciotto, Mike Fellows
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.dischord.com/band/rites-of-spring

Discography of Rites Of Spring:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Rites Of Spring 12 Audio 1985
2 End On End 17 Audio 2002
3 Rites Of Spring 12 Audio 2009-04-00 Dischord Records
4 End On End 17 Audio 1987-06-00 Dischord Records
5 End On End 17 Audio 1991 Dischord Records
6 Rites Of Spring 12 Audio
7 Rites Of Spring 12 Audio 1985
8 All Through A Life 4 Audio 1987 Dischord Records
9 End On End 17 Audio 2009
10 Rites Of Spring 12 Audio 1985 Dischord Records
11 Six Song Demo 6 Audio 2012-10-23 Dischord Records
12 Six Song Demo 6 Audio 2012-10-23 Dischord Records
13 All Through A Life 4 Audio 1987 Dischord Records
14 End On End 17 Audio 1991 Dischord Records


Rites Of Spring, from Washington, DC, was part of a new wave of bands that appeared in 1984-1985, originating from the DC hardcore scene, that are considered by many to be the first wave of emo. The group formed from the ashes of Insurrection, a hardcore band featuring Brendan Canty (drums), Michael Fellows (bass), and Guy Picciotto (guitar). Following Insurrection's demise, Guy, Brendan, and Michael kept jamming together and guitarist Eddie Janney soon joined the mix, while Guy added vocals to his responsibilities. Although the band's live appearances were rare (only around a dozen in 2 years), the band was known for their passionate live shows (which could allegedly move some audience members to tears). Guy's poetic lyrics and impassioned delivery led the group to be tagged as "emotional hardcore" (later shortened to "emo") by some critics and naysayers.

During their life span, the group released one LP and one 7" EP. They split upon the release of the EP, in January of 1987, when Michael Fellows left the band. The rest of the band went on to form [a=One Last Wish] with guitarist Michael Hampton (Janney moved to bass) who split after playing only a half a dozen shows and recording an LP (which went unreleased for many years). The members of Rites Of Spring reformed as [a=Happy Go Licky] in 1987, pursuing a sound very different from Rites Of Spring.


Comments about Rites Of Spring: