First Demo

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First Demo
Fugazi First Demo cover.jpg
Demo album by Fugazi
Released November 18, 2014
Recorded January 1988
Studio Inner Ear Studios, Dischord House, Arlington, Virginia
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 35:41
Label Dischord
Producer Fugazi, Don Zientara
Fugazi chronology
Fugazi Live Series
First Demo
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The 4058/10[2]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of SoundB+[5]
The Line of Best Fit7.5/10 stars[7]
musicOMH4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media7.6/10[10]
Punknews.org4/5 stars[11]

First Demo is a demo album from the post-hardcore band Fugazi released on November 18, 2014 through Dischord Records. It was recorded at Don Zientara's Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA and the Dischord House in 1988. It is the band's first studio release in over thirteen years, since the release of The Argument in October 2001. First Demo was released on LP, CD and Digital Download.

Writing and recording[edit]

First Demo was recorded in January 1988 with the band having only performed 10 shows together. The album features the 10 tracks from the original demo tape including "In Defense of Humans", which was released on 1989's State of the Union compilation as well as an additional track from the session, "Turn Off Your Guns", a song previously never released in its studio form and only available through the Fugazi Live Series.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Fugazi.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Waiting Room"MacKaye3:10
4."Song #1"MacKaye3:00
5."The Word"MacKaye4:38
6."Bad Mouth"MacKaye2:54
8."Turn Off Your Guns"MacKaye3:43
9."And the Same"MacKaye5:08
10."In Defense of Humans"MacKaye2:47
11."Joe #1"(instrumental)1:41



  • Fugazi - producer, recording, engineer, mixing
  • Don Zientara - producer, recording, engineer, mixing


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