CRISPUS ATTUCKS: Red Black Blood Attack: CD

What makes some hardcore so frickin’ great and most ho-hum? I think it has to do with the fact that you can only go so fast, then it turns to a mushy blur. Listening to Crispus Attucks is a fight between melody and power on a diving board. They’re springing around on a narrow, yet flexible, genre of music that’s so easy to fall off from into the deep end. Luckily, their chops are honed, their blasts short, and their delivery punishing without being pseudo-toughguy schlock. If I was a gambling man, I’d wager to bet they’ve got Pegboy, Articles of Faith, N.O.T.A, Black Flag, Kid Dynamite and The Zero Boys in their collections. No nonsense, back to basics, new blood hardcore that makes me want to sing along.

 –todd (Soda Jerk)