DAGGERMOUTH: Turf Wars: LP

Jul 25, 2018

Youth crew is the music that happens when pop punk and hardcore intersect, right? Do you have to be super posi, from the late ‘80s, and straight edge? I don’t know if Daggermouth abstains from substances, though the substance of their lyrics is super bro-y, loyal, and tough. They’re inspired by 7 Seconds, but hang out more with Comeback Kid instead of the Youth Of Today. It’s singsong-y, gang vocals with heavy snare and pretty similar guitar hooks throughout. Honestly, I had never spent much time listening to this Canadian four piece, but I knew the name had been around for a while. When I put this record on, I was surprised to discover how young of a band they still sounded. And then I found out this was a ten year anniversary reissue. Whoops! Well, all your favorite songs about community and family are presented here in all their tough guy glory. As far as I can tell, there are no additions nor subtractions from this version besides the fact that the vinyl is a picture disc, which is pretty cool. However, when selecting images for a picture disc, why is it so often the front and back of the record sleeve? We already have that as a rectangle. I don’t think we need it as a circle too! Fun fact: one of these guys is a professional wrestler now. I think I’m more interested in that than his band. –Kayla Greet (Little Rocket)

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