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Gash came onto the Australian punk scene in 1985. Based in Melbourne on the East Coast of Victoria, the band consisted three women and one man, an odd pairing for the typically male dominated scene. Gash released an initial cassette in November of 1985 on the Hardcore House tape label belonging to Smeer (Gash drummer, also of Depression (2) and Liz (guitar, also Depression manager). Following decent reviews, the band approached Phil Macdougall from Reactor Records about releasing a 12". Gash supplied the tapes and the artwork, while Phil paid for the manufacturing. What resulted was 1986's G.A.S.H. LP, 16 tracks of stinging hardcore with a metallic edge. In September of the same year, Reactor released the God is Dead EP to help promote the album. The single sold out its 500 print run and was not re-pressed.

The G.A.S.H. album was released in the UK on Rough Trade records in the late 80's. Depression and Gash also split a 12" on American label Flipside (US). Throughout the late 80's, Gash, along with Depression, complained of lack of royalties and money from the labels they dealt with, such as Metal Blade Records, Flipside and the US arm of Rough Trade. Later in their lifespan, Gash moved (along with Depression) to "deal" with Cleopatra records. The band released an LP and an EP on the label, and both were much more metal orientated in their sound.

The early Gash material is often revered as some of the best female-fronted hardcore/punk not only in Australia, but very much throughout the world.
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HH noI, none Gash (7) - The GASH Demo album art G.A.S.H.* The GASH Demo(Cass) Hardcore House, Reactor Tapes HH noI, none Australia 1985 Sell This Version
MLCR109 Gash (7) - G.A.S.H album art Gash (7) G.A.S.H (Album) Reactor Records (3), Reactor Records (3) MLCR109 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
CLP249 Gash (7) - Positive Change album art Gash (7) Positive Change(LP, Album) Cleopatra Records (2) CLP249 Australia 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

REACTOR 014, 14 Gash (7) - God Is Dead album art Gash (7) God Is Dead(7", Ltd, Promo) Reactor Records (3), Reactor Records (3) REACTOR 014, 14 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
CSP-218 Gash (7) - The Lesson album art Gash (7) The Lesson(7", EP) Cleopatra Records (2) CSP-218 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
SM 2 Gash (7) - Pictures From The Colonies album art Compos Mentis (3) / Gash (7) Compos Mentis (3) / Gash (7) - Pictures From The Colonies(7", EP) Sound Mind Records SM 2 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
none Gash (7) - Depression / Gash album art Depression (2) / Gash (7) Depression (2) / Gash (7) - Depression / Gash(7") Sick Raecords none Germany 1987 Sell This Version


FSR 010 Gash (7) - Australia And More / GASH album art Depression (2) / Gash (7) Depression (2) / Gash (7) - Australia And More / GASH(LP, Comp) Flipside Records FSR 010 US 1986 Sell This Version