500$FINE: Self-titled: 7”

May 24, 2022

This really hits the sweet spot of late-’90s / early-2000s basement punk. The encouraged and celebrated East Bay classics filtered through the grittier, grimier, rustedier locales like Chattanooga, or the town that 500$FINE calls home: Richmond, Va. Not every song on this EP is as good as the rest, but it’s in that questionable taste and decision making that makes me fall in love with this slab even harder. No second is wasted. Their aim never strays. This is the battle cry that made us feel like we finally had purpose. And even if we rarely raise our fists and scream it in unison anymore, we know it when we hear it. –Daryl (Self-released, 500fine.bandcamp.com)