MOOD OF DEFIANCE: In a Box: 7”

Mood Of Defiance are a San Pedro outfit that formed in 1981. This 7” is comprised of unreleased demos produced by Spot, who worked with many of SST’s stalwarts like Black Flag, Minutemen, and Descendents. The production has a uniquely South Bay, L.A. vibe, but the main attraction is Rachel Mason’s voice; she is ferocious and rabid. She howls, “We are hardcore drug addicts” without sounding remotely tongue-in-cheek. In a Box isn’t only a piece of punk history, but way ahead of its time. “She’s Afraid” is haunting and visceral, still gut-wrenching after thirty-five years. The digital download also includes a bonus track “Child Swapping Throws.” 

 –Sean Arenas (Recess, recessrecords.com / Water Under The Bridge, waterunderthebridgerecords.com)