BROWN SUGAR: Get Fuckin’ Mugged: Flexi 7"

Nov 17, 2011

The “mid tempo hardcore punk from upstate New York” tag I’ve heard thrown around for these guys doesn’t come close to doing this band justice. The first track is pretty straight Minor Threat worship, but the vibe of the recording is a lot more rock’n’roll. The other two songs on the record mix the intensity of the early 2000s Rochester hardcore stuff I was way into as a kid with a totally reckless, irreverent attitude. The breakdown/bass work at the end of “Mind Funk” is totally out of place but sounds perfect in context, like if I Object had been on Goner Records and was also into ‘60s psych rock. I’m not sure if I totally get the flexi format right now, as they’re sort of cost prohibitive and the sound quality suffers, but the head noise in this recording sounds like another member, so I’ll forgive them this time. Also, the (clear) plastic is silk screened on one side, and the ink is layered to create a two sided image, a creative idea that at least shows that the band/label took the time and effort to try and make the packaging unique instead of just a gimmicky format.

 –Ian Wise (Feral Kid)

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