ARTIFICAL PEACE: Complete Session November 1981: CD

It’s quite a coincidence that this session is put out by Dischord now, along with a recently unearthed Government Issue session. At Government Issue’s one-off reunion show recently, drummer Mike Manos of Artificial Peace got up and played a few songs with the opening band. Okay, maybe that’s not amazing, but this record is. Only released in pieces back in the day, this is seventeen songs clocking in under twenty minutes. That’s how old-school harDCcore should be played. “Suburban Wasteland” and “Neighbors” stick out for me here, but they all spill over with youthful aggression. The only misstep is the goofy cover of “Wild Thing,” but it’s good for a laugh. Three of the members of A.P. went on to greater success with Marginal Man. But get this to hear where it began back in 1981. –Sean Koepenick

 –koepenick (Dischord)