ANTiSEEN: Obstinate: LP

Obstinate is the first ANTiSEEN full-length since the tragic death of the band’s cofounder, guitarist Joe Young. Mad Brother Ward does a terrific job of filling the shoes of Young by retaining Young’s signature sound, while adding twists that are all his own. To say that ANTiSEEN bounced back from heartbreak is an understatement, as this album is as vital as any in their extensive catalog. The LP version is on TKO and the CD version is on Mystery School. The vinyl ends with a lock groove that repeats the title of the album over and over, a hilarious treat for those of us who can’t get enough of one of the most unique voices in the history of punk. The packaging is fantastic, with a giant poster included with the beautiful marbled grey vinyl. The current band lineup puts on a mind-numbingly fierce live show, and these new songs fit in well with the nearly thirty-five years of ANTiSEEN’s back catalog. Stunning from start to finish, Obstinate smashes any and all notions that bands can’t sustain vivacity over extensive time periods. ANTiSEEN isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and if this record is any indicator, they’ll continue to write instant classics year after year. –Art Ettinger (TKO)