DetailsFirst Fork Years is a collection of twenty-three songs from all of BLACK FORK's (now) out of print 7-inch EPs, compilation tracks, as well as unreleased demo tracks recorded at 924 Gilman by MARSHALL STAX (BLATZ) back in the 1990s.
Black Fork was a punk band from the East Bay, CA, that played mostly during the years 1993-'97. In 1995, an LP had been recorded, but due to a series of setbacks, the songs were divided into two EPs and released on labels that almost immediately folded. There is also a split 7-inch with comrades-in-arms Los Canadians, as well as tracks on various compilations, including Recess Records' Play at Your Own Risk Vol 2, Zafio's This is the East Bay..., Lookout!/Kill Rock Stars' A Slice of Lemon and Very Small Records' Wood Panel Pacer Wagon.
Black Fork was best known for the intensity of its live show, which always left both band and audience close to deaf and soaked in a hot vapor of sweat and liquor-swill. Band members have gone on to play in TALK IS POISON, THE PATTERN, SEVERANCE PACKAGE, and SAVIOURS.