DAMAGE DEPOSIT: Do Damage: 7″ EP

With the great cover art of bloody croquet mallets held aloft in front of the White House, you know you aren’t dealing with the Care Bears. It’s ruthless DIY thrash helmed by Felix Von Havoc (ex-Code 13, MRR columnist, owner of Havoc Records). It tackles the gamut of how video games are encroaching hardcore, to Minneapolis actively trying to shut down its all-age venues, to not wanting “to wear a mouth guard and a nut cup” while playing and getting karate chopped by a new and wacky hardcore dance. The songs are literal and explicit – they read like a well-written scene report with twenty years of reflection seeped in. The music is breakdown-heavy, tight, and straight-ahead hardcore that puts hundreds of youth crews to shame.

 –todd (Havoc)