UNDECIDED: Complications: EP

May 21, 2014

The past is being plumbed for all it’s worth, and it’s turning up some stuff that was never “all that” even when it was new. Such is the case with Undecided. These songs were recorded between 1986 and 1988, and I believe the band was from the DC area. You can hear traces of the regional influences in their sound, like some of drumming in “I Can’t Stand Another Day” reminds me a tad of the Bad Brains, and “Tomorrow” has that tuneful quality that late ‘80s Dischord bands possessed. But then there are songs that sound like they came from a Santa Cruz skateboard video (not exactly a compliment), like the last two songs, “Don’t Look Back” and “Caught in the Game.” The vocals are a little annoying with the nasaly delivery and biting on HR’s style. This is demo quality-type songs that, if the band had stuck it out, should have been looked at as a building block, on what to improve, and what to keep. 

 –M.Avrg (Eye 95)