The mountains of western Massachusetts are still reverberating with the cavernous sounds created by hardcore band Deep Wound in the early '80s. Formed by Westfield, MA, high school friends Scott Helland and Lou Barlow in 1981, the band came together quickly. Acquiring a drummer, J Mascis, who answered an ad for someone to play "super fast beats," and a vocalist, Charlie Nakajima, they released an EP in the summer of 1983.
Their efforts proved fruitless, however. Although they placed two tracks, "A Time to Stand" and "You're False," on a 1984 compilation, Bands That Could Be God, their frustration to spark much commercial interest led them to disband shortly afterwards.
In the aftermath of Deep Wound's breakup, bandmembers remained active. Mascis formed late-'80s band Dinosaur Jr. and later, with Nakajima, Gobblehoof. Helland went on to play with the Outpatients from 1982 until 1995.