Last year I got an email from someone telling me that Pete Spielman had passed away. I felt like a fool because, at the time, I had no idea who he was. I was informed that he was a guy from the Syracuse scene who was in Beta Minus Mechanic and Cross Section. The internet also told me he was, at some point, in both Green Rage and Another Victim (there may have been others too, but this is all I can find). Now, I've always been a big fan of Beta Minus Mechanic, but I'd never heard of Cross Section, so I looked them up and damn, I was really into it. So I was straight over to Discogs to buy their 7".
They only released one 7", on Significant Records. I'm not sure how many were on blue vinyl, but in simple terms I would say the minority as most copies on Discogs were on black.
I was around through the 90s and know all kinds of obscure bands, but somehow Cross Section passed me by. I'm really glad to have finally discovered this 7", but I'm sorry that it was a result of such sad news. Listening to this now, in 2017, and I think it's held up well. It does indeed sound like it was released in the 90s for sure, but it's good enough (and interesting enough) to sound still somehow sound fresh. I guess good music never really sounds old, right?
If like me you'd never heard Cross Section before, please take a couple of minutes to check one of the three songs from this record out: