Florida has a vast history of fast punk from the 80's and 90's, and this Mistaken Identity 7" fits right in. The fuzzed out guitars and whined vocals perfectly pair the annoyed-at-the-world lyrics. This band definitely fits the feel of the early FL punk bands that loved to sound angry while simultaneously poking fun at everything, including themselves. I was gifted this rare record by my friend Ellie and was fortunate enough to speak with the singer, Doug, for a history on the band, since not much information is found online. Here's what Doug had to contribute...
"There isn't much to tell about Mistaken Identity, but I'll try. It all started back in 1986...
We started out playing covers of The Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Fear, Black Flag, and we were terrible, obviously.
After a couple of years and some reassigned roles (I was moved from drums to vocals) we started writing a few originals and put out a demo in 1988. We played at most local venues, including Club Detroit, Arts Alive, and The Ritz. Opened for D.R.I., Rancid, Blatherskite, did a few hardcore festivals with Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and mostly just did local shows with our friends. We recorded the 7" in 1993. It got a pretty good review in Maximum Rocknroll. We split up soon after that because it was mainly just for fun and we had milked it dry.
The best times were spent playing shows with other local bands like Assück, Manic Dose, Ima, No Fraud, The People's Court, Toilet Birth, Scrog, Pink Lincolns, and dozens more awesome bands.
We split up in '93 and never really looked back. We played a set on WMNFs "Harmful Emissions" show, hosted by Steve Heritage of Assück. It was the last time we played together.
Of course there's more to it than that but that's all I can remember. It was fun."
Thanks to Doug for all the information. As far as I know, this is the first time these recordings have been posted online. This download also includes scans of all the inserts and artwork on the Sheep 7".
Mistaken Identity - Sheep