McRAD: Lion Pure: 2 x LP

A killer, comprehensive reissue/compilation from this Philly skate punk band. We get a double LP containing the Dominant Force 12”, the Absence of Sanity LP, and McRad’s songs from a Thrasher comp. Very ‘80s-sounding, in the best way possible. Though East Coast-based, McRad would have fit right in with J.F.A. and Agression in Southern California. Of course, what makes McRad stand out is their incorporation of reggae a la Bad Brains, into their hardcore skate punk. That may sound like a lazy comparison, but come on, not many hardcore bands also played reggae. Oh, also, H.R. sings on a couple of songs! 

 –Chad Williams (Not Like You, notlikeyourecords.com)