BAD REACTION: Dare to be Dull: 7”EP

Straight-ahead early-’80s style hardcore that owes quite a bit to Uniform Choice, The Circle Jerks, and The Zero Boys (in the guitar). Thankfully, it doesn’t come across as history being listlessly recited, paragraph by drool-mouthed paragraph. The energy’s high, the lyrics are current-day topical, the songs are ultra-tight and catchy, and they play their instruments well (but not too well; they know when to put the kibosh on a potential solo). There are little indicators sprinkled throughout these four songs that they listen to much more than hardcore—that hardcore just happens to be their weapon of choice—and that’s always a blessing. 

 –todd (Blind Spot)