Born to Expire

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Born to Expire
Leeway borntoexpire.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary, 1989
RecordedNovember, 1987
Normandy Sound,
Warren, Rhode Island, USA
GenreCrossover thrash, hardcore punk
Length37:44
LabelProfile Records/Rock Hotel
Another Planet (reissue)
ProducerChris Williamson
Leeway chronology
Born to Expire
(1989)
Desperate Measures
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!5/5 stars [2]

Born to Expire is the debut album from New York City band, Leeway.

It was recorded in November, 1987. Delays postponed its release to January, 1989 – jointly on Rock Hotel and Profile Records. It was followed up by Desperate Measures in 1991. In 1996, Another Planet re-issued the album on the same CD as Desperate Measures.

Overview[edit]

Lyrically and vocally, Leeway were firmly rooted in the hardcore punk genre as could also be seen by the company they chose to keep – Corrosion of Conformity, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks, Sick Of It All, and Prong to name but a few. Musically, however, it was most definitely metal and a compromise label of thrash/crossover was achieved but still left a few questions unanswered. In truth, many fans of both genres had their likes and dislikes – even between songs.

Guitarist and songwriter, A.J. Novello, had this to say on the dichotomy caused by this album:

Most of the songs are played at thrash metal pace but at hardcore punk-style track lengths. The band even had time to experiment with rap and funk on "Catholic High School".

Guitarist Michael Gibbons spoke about the album's signature guitar sound:

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Eddie Sutton and A.J. Novello, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Rise and Fall" (Sutton, Novello, Ackerman)3:54
2."Mark of the Squealer"3:40
3."Be Loud"2:18
4."On the Outside"3:25
5."Defy You"3:09
6."Enforcer"3:48
7."Tools for War"3:08
8."Born to Expire"4:07
9."Marathon"2:14
10."Self Defense"1:25
11."Catholic High School (Girls in Trouble)"2:01
12."Unexpected"4:35

Credits[edit]

  • Eddie Sutton – vocals
  • A.J. Novello – guitar
  • Michael Gibbons – guitar
  • Zowie – bass
  • Tony Fontão – drums
  • Recorded in November, 1987 at Normandy Sound, Warren, Rhode Island, USA
  • Produced by Chris Williamson
  • Engineered by Tom Soares
  • Assistant engineered by Jamie Locke
  • Cover art by Bevin Stone
  • Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, New York City, USA
  • Re-issue re-mastered by Alan Douches at West Westside Music

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Alex. "Leeway Born to Expire review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  2. ^ Esposito, Ed (21 January 1989). "Leeway 'Born to Expire'". Kerrang!. 222. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 21. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Eric Wielander's liner notes from the 1996 Another Planet re-issue of Born to Expire/Desperate Measures
  4. ^ 2014 interview with Michael Gibbons on NoEcho.net.

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