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.)
Music can be streamed here or downloaded for your personal collection. To download a song, click the menu icon at the top of the music player to expand the list. A download icon will appear on the far right end of each track. You can also show your appreciation for a track by hitting the Like button or sharing the track on Facebook and Twitter.
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Synth-infused pop-punk based in Wilmington, Delaware. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records.
Progressive/rock band from Allentown, 2009-2010, Killer Tofu Records.
Contemporary hardcore. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records, early 2000s.
Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records, early 2000s.
The first known Lehigh Valley punk band to feature a female vocalist. Last Cry was active in the mid-1980s; their first live show was an opening act for the Descendants in 1986. Lehigh Valley Archives compiled these tracks from different versions of a demo tape that Last Cry recorded between 1985 and 1986.
Legion of Womb
Punk/rock band from Allentown (Killer Tofu Records, 2015).
Noisy “screamo” band from the Philadelphia area, active from 1999-2005.
Life Like Thunderstorms
Experimental band from Bethlehem. Killer Tofu Records (2015).
Toe-tapping indie jangle-pop from Philadelphia. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records.
Loud and heavy Lehigh Valley music from vwyrd wurd records.
Swaggering punk from West Chester. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records.
A contemporary progressive folk band out of Bethlehem. 2014-present. Killer Tofu Records.
Contemporary hardcore punk. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records, early 2000s.
Drunken, aggressive Lehigh Valley hardcore from the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The first Lehigh Valley band from the “emo” offshoot of the hardcore movement that began in the mid-1980s.
Nocht the Only Ghouls
Contemporary experimental/noise/folk band from Bethlehem (Killer Tofu Records).
A Lehigh Valley pop rock band that was active in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their full-length album The Concept Factor (also known as The All For Nothing Sessions) was recorded at Westwire Studios from September 2000 to February 2001.
Aggressive screamo with a nihilistic streak. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records, early 2000s.
Experimental free-form jazz from the Lehigh Valley. The below is a live recording from 2013.
Punk rock from Delaware that became “adopted” members of the 1990s Lehigh Valley scene.
Progressive, emo, punk band from New Jersey, circa 2012-2016. Killer Tofu Records.
Electronic music out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, active 2014-present. This record was released by Bethlehem-based Killer Tofu Records.
Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records, circa 2010.
Hardcore band from Nazareth, active 1989-1991
Hardcore from Allentown, active from 2001-2005.
Hardcore/metal legends from the Lehigh Valley, active in the 1980s.
Contemporary metal out of Allentown (Killer Tofu Records).
Sing, Bird of Prey
SBOP is an indie rock/psychedelic band with members from Bethlehem and the Poconos. Active 2014-present. Killer Tofu Records.
Slamm Andrews Tribute Band
Allentown-based electronic music project, active from 2009-2011. Killer Tofu Records.
Metalcore (heavy metal + hardcore punk) from the Lehigh Valley. Active in the late 1980s & early 1990s.
Slow Warm Death
Melancholy, blues-influenced garage rock. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records, circa 2010.
Melodic indie punk. Released by Bethlehem’s Square of Opposition Records, contemporary.
Rock/punk with members from Vermont and Bethlehem. Includes ex-Mr. Yuk. Released as a 7″ record by FOE Records. Recorded at Low Tech Studios in Burlington Vermont in July of 1995.
Contemporary pop punk from Bethlehem.
Pop-punk from the Lehigh Valley, active in the 1990s.
Strychnine and the Rat Traps
Rock/punk/metal from the Lehigh Valley, active in the 1990s.
Contemporary pop punk from Bethlehem.
An emo/hardcore band from Bethlehem. Active from 2016-present. Killer Tofu Records.
Energetic hardcore punk with the added power of rock. From Bethlehem, active in the 1990s.