Yet another tremendous U.K. retrospective from Aston at Boss Tuneage, this time heading into more introspective territory. Elmerhassel was one of the U.K. bands that took influence from later DC hardcore bands like Ignition and Embrace and fused it with the almost indie pop of Mega City Four and the Senseless Things. The band went on to influence many U.K. bands like Blocko and K Line with that definitive U.K. pop punk style. As with so much of this stuff, it’s all time and place, difficult for me to get a measure of how crucial this is to the casual listener. To me, it’s London in the summer working at my first “real” job, all-night raves, E’s, and sunny Sundays listening to bands like this. If you fuck with No Idea bands, then this might be up your alley. If you were around in the early- to mid-’90s in the U.K., I’m sure you already have this! Crackin’.
–Tim Brooks (Boss Tuneage)