Though Jack Grisham denies it now, many referred (and still refer) to Vicious Circle--otherwise known as "The Cult"--as a violent "punk rock gang" based out of Long Beach and Huntington Beach.
Lead singer Grisham, who would later go on to front TSOL, was just a teenager at the time, and the band was short-lived--around for eight to ten months. Grisham started the band with drummer Todd Barnes (also of TSOL), guitarist Steve Houston and bassist Laddy Terrell in 1979.
Unfortunately, the brief history of Vicious Circle isn't well-documented, limited to just a few fanzines here and there. Luckily for those interested in this slice of Orange County punk rock history, Grisham has announced a limited edition vinyl release of 100-percent previously unreleased tracks.
"This release was a mixed bag for me--history-wise, I'm glad the recording came to light, it's a dark violent piece of Orange County that probably shouldn't be forgotten, but emotionally it hurts," shares Grisham today. "I'm not proud of what that music represented to a lot of us--it represented payback, aggression, and hurt, lots of hurt."
The pressing is limited to 1000, with 800 issued on black vinyl and just 200 on white- and blue-splattered vinyl. The record is packaged with a DVD containing a 45-minute interview with Grisham chatting about the Vicious Circle days. The record is retailing for $16.99 and released by TKO Records, both a record label and a record store, in Fountain Valley. TKO has the release available in their store now.