That line is taken from an Impact Unit song. A friend of mine from
It’s a contrast between something being communal and something being individualistic. I do think punk is about individualism and I’m also skeptical as all hell about the “communal” aspect but it’s a nice concept, at least, and the shows where people aren’t beating the living crap out of each other in the pit are more fun. With the martial arts pit crowd, it’s more a sense being self-centered, showing off your style and if someone gets in the way and they get clocked, too bad. They’re not HARD enough. Fuck that. So—to quote the Spark, circle pits, not karate kicks!
And, while I’m sure he’s so humble that he doesn’t want to be pointed out, a round of applause for
Just the other night, I was at a show at MassArt that included three all-female bands, Condenada, Bruise Violet and Joda. Positive Reinforcement and Legion of Hell (watch out for these crust-metallers) started things off. During those three bands’ sets, the dance floor was taken over by the ladies and when a few of them started playing leapfrog, that was an awe-inspiring moment.
TWO 7’S PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED AS DEMOS:
Two very good demos that I had reviewed before (is there an echo in here?) are now available in the vinyl format. The first is from The Youths, whose “We’re The Youths,” has been given a lovely yellow pressing on Criminal IQ Records (3501 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657, www.criminaliq.com). This Portuguese band hammer out five songs of catchy garage/punk snot and a slight amount of non-pretentious artsiness. When a song has handclaps and makes me want to clap along, as it the case with “Decontrol,” it’s a good sign. The other record is from the California hardcore band Nightstick Justice, a split release between Even Worse and Way Back When Records (WBW: Noel de Boer, Saenredamsraat 44-2, 1072 CH Amsterdam, HOLLAND, www.geocities.com/evenworserecords). This band’s boiling-over sound grabbed me with the demo format and it sounds even better on vinyl. No let-up, no breaks, except when you have to turn the record over, and it’s pure throttle. I guess they heard me when I said the demo “begged for a demo release.”
ENCROACHED-Shoot The Icons (Shock To The System, 7” EP)
Off-the-rails hardcore by this Japanese band and they have a sound that pays tribute to their forebears. Raw distorted production and an attack that merges howling vocals and a clamorous tandem of razor-sharp guitar, earth-moving bass and powerful drumming—all of it moving at high velocity. I have no idea what they mean by “I’ll sabotage the surface relation” nor “Get chance to the rusts,” but these songs make a direct connection and then some. (
FRUIT SALAD-Blood Power (Teenage Disco Bloodbath, 7” EP)
Thrash, grind and heaviness from this local (well, to
LEFTOVER CRACK/CITIZEN FISH-Deadline (Fat, CD)
They toured together, so here’s a split CD (vinyl on Alternative Tentacles). Each band covers the other—plus LOC cover the Subhumans and Citizen Fish cover Choking Victim. Got it straight? LOC’s songs here are a lot better than on their not-so-great second album. Tuneful punk along with ska and the guitar lines grab ‘n singe. Best of all, I can listen to the songs without being surrounded by their godawful fan base. I have to admit I’m a sucker for their sense of melody. As for the Fishies, they also tread the ska/punk line. I sometimes think the songs that have horns would be better without them but it doesn’t sound like third wave garbage, at least. What’s interesting is the jaunty, upbeat feeling to the compositions even with the deadly serious subject matter. The best song is the urgent, driving punk of “Getting Used To It” that almost has a Rocket From The Crypt feeling to it. No real duds here. (
POUND FOR POUND-For Our Fallen Brothers (Surprise Attack, CD)
When I turn this disc on, I get the urge to start pumping iron. No joke—I was pantomiming some heavy lifting in my den here since I don’t have any barbells. In any case, stentorian hardcore with the requisite bellowing vocals and metallic riffage. Pound for Pound have spent as much time listening to “And Justice For All” and “Vulgar Display Of Power” as they have “The Age Of Quarrel.” As you can probably tell by the title of the record, the subject matter isn’t very cheerful. Such lines as “This world is so full of hurt. The tide of pain left to rip us apart.” I have to admit some of these songs have enough groove to get by but it still ends up being tedious chug-chug. Incidentally, there’s a sad sidebar to this album. It’s dedicated to their friends, at least some of whom were killed in
ROTTENFUX-s/t (Six Weeks, 7” EP)
The thumpa-thumpa drumming is kind of weak but this band’s super-raw early 80s hardcore punk sound is rife with feedback-laden guitar buzz and sputtering leads. The throat rippin’ vocals come from a gentleman who goes by the name Filthy. This sounds as though it could be some lost Killed By Hardcore EP from back in the day and that’s something to be impressed with, much in the same way I’m impressed with one of the guy’s Mecht Mensch hat. (
TRANZMITORS-Teenage Tragedy/Invisible Girl (Deranged, 7”)
The latest in a string of singles and the A-side is driving pubby, piano-spiced punk and the flip taking a power pop/semi-glam direction, with nary a skinny tie in sight. Both songs have Thunders-without-the-sleaze guitar licks. The Tranzmitors seem to have multi-faceted pop instincts and I’m curious to hear their upcoming full-length. These two songs are good but don’t completely blow me away.
TWENTYSEVENSHOTS-s/t (self-released, 7” EP)
Surging hardcore punk with rock ‘n roll and melodic touches. The lyrics are brooding, “heart on my sleeve,” to quote the title of one of their songs and there are two vocalists/guitarists who take turns howling out those words. Dare I say there’s emotional content in there? Umm… perhaps but before you run away with your hands over your ears, these guys sound pissed off and not the type of guys who are going to cry onto their keyboards while writing LiveJournal entries. Nope—I’d call this a good solid ear-whuppin’. (
WAR ALL THE TIME/WHOLE IN THE HEAD-Split (Crimescene, 7” EP)
Two raging bands from the