HOODS UP: Arms Still Open: CD

Formulaic youth crew (“Pounding, high-energy straight edge hardcore with all the classic elements: singalongs, breakdowns, fast parts, and positive and outspoken lyrics…” that’s what it actually said in the press release). So, yeah, they know the formula, but they know it really well and seem to really enjoy playing the kind of music they love and singing songs about things they really care about. And whether I find this music inspiring or not—and at times I do—from what I can tell from the lyrics and song explanations, these Germans are really caring and down-to-earth people. And that makes this generic hardcore more fun to listen to.

 –Daryl Gussin (Refuse)