BAD REACTION: Symptoms of Youth: CD

I’m going to say a band name in a minute and I don’t want you to freak out. A long time ago, they put out a great hardcore record and, despite your feelings about them now, you have to admit it was pretty fucking awesome. Shit, you could actually say it about both of the bands I’m about to bring up. Anyway Bad Reaction is the kind of modern hardcore I like to see. They steer clear of the metal, keep it fairly posi, but lay down the hate in an FDA approved amount. I’m hearing the Zero Boys and “Answer That…” -era AFI with an appropriate level of production, and I dig it. Personal/political lyrics that are, thankfully, “you stabbed me in the back” deficient. Seriously, hardcore kids have the best and toughest luck with friends. On one hand, they’re stoked to sing about their awesome friends who treat them like family, and on the other they seem to have a never ending list of friends who stabbed them and/or the scene in the back. Hard times in hardcore town I tell you.

 –Steve Stephenson (Destroy All )