Included with this release are bonus items including a special Digital Booklet.
In Revolution of Heart: Unreleased 1989, Gradation Music chronicles the music of the long defunct Houston, TX band Of Love and Justice. Of Love and Justice was a three-piece modern rock band formed in Houston, TX by lead vocalist/guitarist Ferni Lopez, bassist/vocalist Steve 'Kosher' Doria and drummer/vocalist Eric Siebert. They found some local notoriety between 1989-1991 with their live performances of songs like Compromise, Lead Yourself, Cast of One and others.
The collection of songs on Revolution of Heart: Unreleased 1989 consists of studio tracks, live recordings and home demos - culled from cassette and reel-to-reel recordings. Some of the tracks are in moderate condition, lo-fi, but nonetheless are original recordings of the band and were only cleaned up a bit sonically for a posthumous debut retro-release some 25 years later.
The band was formed from the ashes of a previous group (with the awful name of Passion Game) that was created when childhood acquaintances Ferni Lopez and Kosher Doria re-connected by chance after high school, with a common interest in music. That band quickly fell apart however and the two friends then met drummer Eric Siebert, who had recently relocated to Houston from Missouri. After initially starting with four members (notably with close friend Jeremy Eastham, also from the band Passion Game, originally on vocals), by mid 1989 the band settled on it's permanent three-piece lineup with Ferni taking over lead vocals.
When the three-piece Of Love and Justice first arrived on the local Houston music scene in mid 1989, to when they disbanded in early 1991, they were something of an anomaly. At that time, the original rock music scene in Houston largely consisted of metal, funk-rock and blues bands. However, Of Love and Justice fit none of these categories. The band melded their musical tastes together to form a unique musical style all their own within the local scene. One writer for Houston's Public News summed up their sound like this "Imagine Buffalo Springfield meeting early Pink Floyd...at CBGB's." Whatever it was, it was easy to see it was from the heart. They just put it all out there when they played.
The Of Love and Justice fan base grew steadily at Houston venues such as Fitzgerald's and underground haven The Axiom from the night they played their first show in 1989. Although the venues at the time were mostly identified with heavy metal sounding bands, Of Love and Justice won over converts each time they played, as their shows were energized and always full of drive and determination. By the time 1990 rolled in, Houston Music News magazine were calling them “one of Houston’s hottest bands”. The Washington Avenue Showbar was another staple venue for the band, as well as Dan Electro's Guitar Bar. One of the bands final performances was at the art house Downtown Grounds as part of the Houston Music Council City Showcase II (a kind of SXSW at the time for Houston music). The venue was packed with patrons and even a few music industry types enjoying the showcase and scouting new bands.
Of Love and Justice never did release an album in their Houston heyday. Shortly after receiving interest from Canadian independent record label Intrepid Records, problems in direction caused the young group to disband in 1991.
released September 9, 2014
Of Love and Justice (1989-1991) were:
Ferni Lopez (vocals, guitars)
Steve 'Kosher' Doria (bass, vocals)
Eric Siebert (drums, vocals)
All songs performed by Of Love and Justice and written by Ferni Lopez.
Of Love and Justice was a three-piece modern rock band formed in Houston, TX by lead vocalist/guitarist Ferni Lopez,
bassist/vocalist Steve 'Kosher' Doria and drummer/vocalist Eric Siebert. They found local notoriety between 1989-1991 with their live performances of songs like Compromise, Lead Yourself, Cast of One and others....more