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Embrace (American band)

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Years active  1985–1986
Active until  1986
Labels  Dischord
Albums  Embrace
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Associated acts  The Faith Minor Threat Egg Hunt One Last Wish Ignition Fugazi Manifesto
Past members  Ian MacKaye Michael Hampton Chris Bald Ivor Hanson
Origin  Washington, D.C., United States (1985)
Members  Ian MacKaye, Michael Hampton, Chris Bald, Ivor Hanson
Genres  Hardcore punk, Post-hardcore, Emo
Similar  Rites of Spring, Fire Party, Gray Matter, Moss Icon, One Last Wish

Embrace was a short-lived post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C., which lasted from the summer of 1985 to the spring of 1986. Along with Rites of Spring, and Beefeater, it was one of the mainstay acts of the 1985 Revolution Summer movement, and was one of the first bands to be dubbed in the press as emotional hardcore, though the members had rejected the term since its creation. The band included lead vocalist Ian MacKaye of the defunct hardcore punk act Minor Threat and three former members of his brother Alec's band, the Faith: guitarist Michael Hampton, drummer Ivor Hanson, and bassist Chris Bald. Hampton and Hanson had also previously played together in S.O.A. The band played their first show in July 28, 1985 at Food for Thought, a former restaurant and music venue located on Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle; their ninth and final show was held at the 9:30 Club in March 1986. The only recording released by the quartet was their posthumous 1987 self-titled album, Embrace, being influenced by the Faith EP Subject to Change.


Following the breakup of Embrace, MacKaye and ex-Minor Threat drummer, Jeff Nelson, tried turning their recent one-off musical experiment in England, dubbed "Egg Hunt", into an actual band, but the project never surpassed the rehearsal stage. Hampton, for his part, teamed up with former members of Rites of Spring to form the short-lived post-hardcore outfit One Last Wish, while Bald moved on to the band Ignition. MacKaye eventually directed his energy and creativity toward the forming of Fugazi in 1987, and Ivor Hanson would pair up with Hampton again in 1988 for Manifesto.

During the band's formative years, some fans started referring to them and fellow innovators Rites of Spring as emocore (emotive hardcore) bands, a term MacKaye publicly disagreed with.


  • Embrace (1987)
  • Compilation appearances

  • 20 Years of Dischord (2002)
  • Songs

    Do Not Consider Yourself FreeEmbrace · 1987
    No More PainEmbrace · 1987
    Dance of DaysEmbrace · 1987


    Embrace (American band) Wikipedia

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