[HAHX-1313] photocopied inserts, dot matrix labels
The self titled cassette by Pink Aftershock was the first release carrying the Slamdek name and the address of PO Box 43551. SLAMDEK is actually an acronym, formed by taking the first letter from each of the band members’ names [Mark Damron, Larry Ray, Scott Ritcher, and Dave Taylor] combined with the first initials of three friends who helped assemble the cassettes [Amy Givan, Erin Currens, and Kim Calebs]. While the name of the label retained “Slamdek” for nearly nine more years, twelve of these fourteen hands worked essentially only on this release. Your author, me (Scott Ritcher), being the one who continued, and my affection for Kim Calebs earned me the nickname “K,” which still follows me around.
The liner notes list the label name as “SLAMDEK/Scramdown & Happy American Humans Productions.” H.A.H. and Scramdown were not names of any significance, they were just extra names. In fact, all of these were simply extra names used in an attempt to make the cassette look more professional, and were not ever necessarily intended to be used again. The idea was basically seven friends worked for this single goal, the Pink Aftershock tape. SLAMDEK/Scramdown was never intended to become a record label, or to even create anything other than this cassette, that is, unless Pink Aftershock was to put out another.
Pink Aftershock was a reformation of the group Rockhouse who had released a cassette, Youth Sunday, exactly one year earlier. Rockhouse, named after one of Rick Springfield’s early bands, consisted of Mark Damron (keyboards, electronic drums and vocals), Scott Ritcher (keyboards and vocals), Scott Thomas (keyboards), Larry Ray (guitar), and Steve Ridge (drums). In becoming Pink Aftershock, Scott Thomas and Steve Ridge left the band, and Dave Taylor was recruited after leaving Mark Ritcher’s band (my brother), Cry For Shadows. The label name on the Rockhouse tapes was CTV (Cosmicpolitain Television), named for the fanzine I did during high school, Cosmicpolitain. One of Rockhouse’s only performances was November 17, 1985 at the Commonwealth Convention Center for a church youth group conference, also called Youth Sunday. The 200 Rockhouse cassettes on hand all sold very quickly during the 20 minute show to the crowd of 800 or so, and another 100 or so were sold in the following months.
Pink Aftershock performed live only once, yet we managed to sell over 300 of those cassettes as well. During the summer of 1987, months after Damron, Ray, and myself had all graduated from Trinity High School, Pink Aftershock played the Hardcore Hoedown at the Cottrell Family Farm (Nina Cottrell was the connection) near Simpsonville, Kentucky. A generous estimate would put maybe 60 people at this show. Misguided Youth and Spot were also electrocuted in this muggy, damp field. Brain Dead and Peacemonger were scheduled but did not play. Pink Aftershock was by all means a sore thumb in this collection of punk bands, but was on the bill as I was becoming friends with this crowd.
recorded once more at Todd Smith’s Cleaver Productions (8 tracks
at his parents’ house near Seneca Park) later in 1987. This session
produced re-recordings of “I Didn’t Want to Hurt You”
and “Don’t Give In” which were intended for a cassette
single. The single was never released. As ideas and college began to pull
the members in different directions, within a few months Pink Aftershock
disbanded. A reworking of the “I Didn’t Want to Hurt You”
recording ended up on a tape by Mark and Larry’s next band, Bad
Boy Winter. The other two Pink Aftershock cassettes that followed were
my solo handiwork and went essentially unnoticed. In our final months
as a band, we were working on a 30 minute video compilation which included
two concept videos and interview clips. Most of the video had been shot
at Long Run Park, the Pope Lick train tressel, and Trinity High School
Auditorium, but was never edited. Mark’s sister, Denise Damron,
worked in the video production business and would have handled that, had
the project continued.
keyboards and vocals
Recorded summer 1986 at a house Mark’s parents were renting off Goose Creek Road, and at Scott’s parents’ house in Middletown, all on cassette 4-track and through stereo cassette overdubbing. Mixed October 1986 at the Mansion (Mark’s parents’ house) near Prospect. Cover art by Scott Ritcher based on work by Charles Dana Gibson. Photography by Dave Taylor.
Special thanks to: Steve Ridge, Bill Wrightson, Mark Ritcher, David Mawn, Sister Peggy Lynch and the 1985 Youth Sunday Committee, parents, friends, relatives, Rockhouse supporters and buyers of the Youth Sunday e.p., Kentucky Sound, and of course no doubt Erin Currens and Amy Givan and Kim Calebs.