Welcome to the Lehigh Valley Music Underground Archive at the Bethlehem Area Public Library, a collection of recordings from several decades of punk, alternative and underground rock bands from Bethlehem and beyond.
Some audio tracks may contain offensive lyrics. Listener discretion is advised.
Notes: Many of these bands have had their works collected and digitized by Frank FOE, who compiled demo tapes and published albums under his record label F.O.E. (Freedom of Expression). From the 2000s to the present, Chris “Reject” and his Bethlehem-based label Square of Opposition has taken up the mantle of publishing albums for the Lehigh Valley underground scene, as well as punk and hardcore bands from all around the USA. They were both kind enough to donate their recordings to BAPL, as was Lance LaBar’s Bethlehem-based Killer Tofu Records. Killer Tofu Records has released a wide variety of punk, indie, electronic, and experimental bands from the Lehigh Valley. We are thrilled to preserve and showcase this unique collection here!
This collection includes professionally recorded CDs, digitized 7″ vinyl records, lo-fi demos, recordings of live shows, homemade tapes, and sessions literally recorded in somebody’s basement. (Ray’s basement, to be exact.)
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Hardcore punk with members from Philadelphia and Allentown, active in the mid-1990s.
Contemporary acoustic/folk band out of Philadelphia, Killer Tofu Records (Bethlehem).
The Atomic Chickens were “4 dorks from the Lehigh Valley who wrote pop-punk songs about whatever ridiculous things were on their minds at that moment.” The “Greatest Hits” compiles songs from three cassette tapes the Atomic Chickens released in the early 1990s, along with demos and practice recordings.
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Progressive punk band from Allentown, active 2009-present. Killer Tofu Records.
The “oldest of old-school punk in the Lehigh Valley”, The Clap helped define the underground punk scene in the early 1980s.
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Punk with emo and indie rock influences.
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The Complete Strategist
Retro indie pop-rock from Bethlehem.
Contemporary punk band out of Grand Forks, ND who released this record with Bethlehem-based Killer Tofu Records in 2016.
Experimental Lehigh Valley-based band with pop and psych influences. Active in the 1990s.
The newest release from Bethlehem’s Killer Tofu Records (2018). Experimental, ambient guitar sounds.
Contemporary punk rock from Bethlehem.
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Daywand (Killer Tofu Records) is a contemporary (2011-present) experimental/psychedelic band out of Northampton, PA.
Daywand/Chewbacca’s Sac split recording
dead like dallas
Hardcore screamo band from Portland, Oregon. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records.
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Politically charged hardcore punk from Allentown, active from 1998 – 2005.
Progressive/indie/rock band out of Bethlehem, active 2014-2017. Killer Tofu Records
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FC was a metal-influenced hardcore band from the Lehigh Valley that formed in 1985. Their full-length CD, It Don’t Get No Louder, was recorded at Signal Studios but never officially released.
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Follow Fashion Monkeys
Punk/hardcore band from Bethlehem that helped define the Lehigh Valley underground scene during the mid-1980s (1984-1988). They released one self-titled album in 1985. After their break-up, FOE eventually published some of their unreleased tracks on a 1996 single, as well as on compilation albums such as Get The Hell Out (which can be found under Various Artists).
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One of the Lehigh Valley’s earliest examples of the “straight edge” subgenre of hardcore. Active in the late 1980s.
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Garage punk from Kutztown. The first album below is their EP “Next to the Water Heater.” Under that is a track is a live show from 2013. vwyrd wurd Records.
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Experimental Lehigh Valley-based band. Killer Tofu Records, 2016.
Melodic pop-punk with some 1950s influences. Based in the Kutztown area, Grieving Eucalyptus was a key player in the Lehigh Valley’s pop-punk scene during the mid-1990s.
Philadelphia-based hardcore band with emo and hip hop influences. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records.