If you pay attention to any of my music ramblings (both in print and in person), I will inevitably express my love for punk rock from Texas. Being from Canada, it took a long time for me to hear a lot of the amazing bands from the ‘80s from the LoneStarState, but every time I did I fell in love with them. Really Red was among the best. This is the first of a three volume reissue of the Houston band’s discography, featuring their debut album Teaching You the Fear. Simply amazing and intense, Really Red came out of a more interesting art-damaged corner of punk rock (much like fellow Texans Big Boys and Dicks). When they played hardcore, it was relentless and pitch perfect, but they would turn around and lay down something arty and different at the drop of a dime without losing any of the anger or urgency. It’s a tough trick, but Really Red really nailed it on this record that put them in a league with the likes of Minutemen and Nomeansno in my mind. I, for one, am incredibly excited about these reissues. Everyone should own this record and now they can.
–ty (Alternative Tentacles)