H.D.Q.: “Hand Me Downs” b/w “Toronto”: 7”

Nov 13, 2013

Welcome return by one of the bands that defined my youth. This English band was one of the more melodic bands amid a sea of thrash in the late ‘80s. Taking cues from Dag Nasty to begin with and then becoming ever more melodic until their breakup in the early ‘90s. Three quarters of the band went on to form Leatherface with Frankie Stubbs and members played in bands such as Generic, the Jones, amongst others. This release is a fantastic return to form, still keeping a DC edge with a dash of Hüsker Dü, but adding a ‘90s, ‘00s U.K. vibe. While the influences are clearly American, the sound is so English, mining territory this band pioneered but others like Snuff, Southport, and Blocko emulated. Wonderful stuff.

 –Tim Brooks (Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)