VILLAINS, THE: Crime of Life b/w Reflexive Paranoia: 7"

Jul 09, 2007

The Villains are Boston’s future-core punk kings, or so says the little flyer that accompanied this record. I have no idea what means. Future-core? Egad, they don’t mean sci-fi punk rock, do they? Ray Bradbury and hardcore don’t seem like that good a mix, to me. If by “future-core” they mean the sound of punk to come (to paraphrase a Refused album title) then the future’s gonna sound a lot like the past and much of the present. This is decent, fast-moving, energetic hardcore, but it isn’t anything new by any stretch of the imagination. But that look with the camo pants and the bullet belt and the locked chain necklace, now there you might be onto something....

 –aphid (FNS)