ABOLITIONIST: It Used to Rain: LP

To my ears, Portland’s Abolitionist has a very interesting amalgam of influences happening. I’m catching aural glimpses of post-”revolution summer” DC, of Blank Fight/TBIAPB crusty folkiness, of early Gilman East Bay heyday, and of the Radon/Spoke/Finding the Rhythms Hot Water Music Gainesville sound. The common thread running throughout all of these snapshots is the obvious authenticity and sincerity associated with the bands involved, and these are qualities that Abolitionist has in spades: terrific, heartfelt lyrics; interesting, occasionally quirky melodies; and, most importantly, a passion and energy that would appeal to fans of any of the aforementioned bands/genres. Great, great work.

 –Dave William (1859, facebook.com/1859Records)