LINE, THE: Self-titled: 7”

May 17, 2013

The Line is an antifa hardcore punk band from Warsaw, Poland. Side A of this 7” was three studio tracks, and Side B was three live recordings. It’s rare when you hear bands whose songs each have a different sound/style, but it’s the case with The Line. Their anthem song, “Hey Ho, The Line,” has a very speedy punk’n’roll vibe calling to mind the earliest punk sound. “Lewiatan” and “Problem,” also on the studio side of the album, have more of a thrashy hardcore punk sound. There’s enough similarity between the styles that listening to the 7” never feels disjointed, like listening to a compilation instead of the same band, but the thrashier more aggressive songs stand out more for me. There was a less derivative feel to them than “Hey Ho, The Line,” whose riff sounded to my ears only slightly off from “Blitzkrieg Bop.” The recording quality of the live tracks is a bit uneven, a bit grainy, but not entirely unlistenable. It includes two new songs, “2010” and “Polska” and a live rendition of “Hey Ho, The Line.” The two new tracks are in the vein of the band’s thrashier stuff, and I was into it. I’d have been more pumped though if their weakest song didn’t appear twice on the same 7”.

 –Paul J. Comeau (nobread, [email protected],