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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Frontman Reggaes Up MINOR THREAT's "Salad Days"

Jesse Leach continues to wear his love of punk on his sleeve.

Jesse Leach continues to wear his love of punk on his sleeve.

As we await Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach's unveiling of his hardcore punk band he teased earlier this year, the man has given us something punk-related to chew on in the meanwhile. Leach has contributed a reggae-heavy version of Minor Threat's "Salad Days" to the xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties compilation, which is out on November 10 via Bridge Nine.

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Other bands participating in the compilation are Strife, letlive., Tombs, and Shai Hulud. Leach says he's really proud of his cover, though also says it's a few years old too.

"I did a mellow punky reggae cover of Minor Threats “Salad Days” for this comp for my dude Mike Gitter. it was recorded a few years ago in my lo-fi home studio (hence the noisy recording) and I think it came out pretty rad!”

Check it out below, familiarize yourself with the original below that if you're not already in the know, and grab a pre-order here! Oh, and you can learn a little bit more about the compilation below.

Chronicling one of music most alternative music’s most raucous eras, xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties is a 288-page book that documents a the iconic Boston zine's heyday. This compendium isn’t merely a look back at hardcore’s salad days—it offers a unique look at how punk’s music and message shook the mainstream itself. In addition to reproducing (and restoring) countless interviews and pages from the ‘zine, this is a chronicle of punk’s evolution in the '80s; a story of music and ideologies in motion.

While based in Boston, xXx’s main writer and editor, Mike Gitter, not only concentrated on his own city’s burgeoning scene, spear-headed by bands like SS Decontrol and D.Y.S., but also looked to other states and countries for xXx’s reportage. Now, xXx Fanzine (1983-1988), Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties re-interviews countless bands and musical prime-movers including Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris and members of Agnostic Front, Bad Brains and Cro-Mags to give the book a rare ‘then and now’ perspective.

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