Take It Back
Released on November 24, 2009
Vinyl includes MP3 download card
Gray Matter officially formed in the summer of 1983 but Geoff Turner, Mark Haggerty and Dante Ferrando
had been playing in bands since their early middle school days. By early 1983, Dante and Mark were playing
in Iron Cross, but when when the band's image began to reflect it's supporters more than the members themselves,
Dante quit. Soon after Mark also left and the two reunited with Geoff and Iron Cross roadie Steve
Niles and started playing shows around Washington, DC as Gray Matter.
The band's first album, “Food For Thought” was originally released on R&B records in 1985 while the members
were still in High School. Food For Thought was the name of Dante’s father’s restaurant (and Gray
Matter’s rehersal space) and was soon to host many of the shows by Rites of Spring, Gray Matter, Embrace,
etc. that gave rise to DC’s Revolution Summer in 1985.
The “Take It Back” EP, released in September 1986, was recorded in the immediate afterglow of Revolution
Summer and features that era’s raw melodic energy contained only by Gray Matter’s impeccable song craft.
Shortly after the EP’s release Mark left DC to go to college and the band went on one of its frequent hiatuses.