May 17, 2013

Speedy hardcore with a crunchy edge. Everything about their sound is thick, from the vocals that sound like the singer is about to choke to death, to the impenetrable wall of guitar and hard-hitting percussion. For some reason, I’m reminded of Celebrity Murders, but this band consists of folks from Black Army Jacket, Half Mast, Orchid, Les Savy Fav, and others. Their style is definitely in the present, mixed with the better elements of NYHC, and a forceful delivery that keeps the tension high. “Theatre Sports” is a weird blend of Bad Brains “Attitude” with their own song that gets wonky and weird. “Hip Replacement” is the definite standout of the bunch. The song is fast, direct, and verging on going over the edge. It blazes by in a fast minute, though it feels shorter. These guys definitely know how to construct hard-hitting songs and keep it interesting. Plus, going from the lyrics, they don’t seem to be dour or convinced they have the answers. Pretty good.

 –M.Avrg (Violent Responsibility, [email protected],