Formed at Pennsbury High School in the early 1990s, Corncerned were a straight edge hard core band that eventually morphed into the Krishna-conseous Prema. Prema recorded a couple albums for Equal Vision Records: Pebble in 1994 and Drivel in 1996.
Though accounts of the band often speak of them as being so young their parents had to drive them to shows, they were actually in their late teens during the majority of their playing-out years.
The band dealt with some pretty heavy topics lyrically, courtesy of vocalist Mikey (even the common reference to him as Mikey seemed to echo this applied extreme youthfulness) including religion, spirituality, betrayal, nostalgia, and sobriety. Common fare in the straight edge community of their elders (bands like Ressurection, Shelter, 108, Lifetime, Flagman, and Mouthpiece) but far from commonplace for high school band’s more likely to sing of fantasy girls and speculative fast-living.
Ok, so they were pretty young. Especially in the beginning. At first, they had to be 14 years old. Original guitarist Dan may have tacked a year on his life making the most senior member at 15 or so. But they were all young.
I video taped and photographed a few Concerned shows. The videos that have survived have been dubbed “Molly’s First Party,” “Molly’s Second Party,” and “Suburban Garage Party.”
“Molly’s First Party” and “Molly’s Second Party” were neither Molly’s actual first and second party even nor the only parties Molly hosted, but these were the two I videotaped Concerned playing. I’m not really sure I am the one holding the camera. “First Party” was just Concerned playing, “Second Party” had Frame opening. The line-up for both of these videos is Mikey, Doug, Terrence, and Anand.
The “Suburban Garage Party” was recently remembered/realized to be at Emma’s house (we think). But we don’t remember Emma’s last name or anything about her for a while. Do you know Emma? She was, and I’m sure still is, super cool. Please let her know about these videos. Love to say “hi.” Anyway, I think this party might have been New Year’s Eve. Same as the above line-up but with Colin R. on second guitar.
I am not really crazy about these transfers these days. I’d like to re-edit the videos.
Molly’s First Party
Recorded sometime in 1991 or 1992 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
- The Truth
- In the End
- What Goes Around
- Freewill (Shelter cover)
- Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)
- No More (Youth of Today cover)
Emma’s Garage Party
- Part One “What Goes Around”
- Part Two
- Part Three “The Truth”
- Part Four
- Part Five
- Part Six “No Spiritual Surrender” (Inside Out cover)
Concerned at Molly’s Second Party
Coming soon… still, i swear.