EKUMEN: Self-titled: LP

Every time I go to a show, this is what I hope happens. It’s like Botch came back to life but with a conceptual grounding in Ursula K. LeGuin’s (rest in power) anarchist worlds. While I was listening to this entire record a second time, I read a thing written by the band that had this quote: “The sound guy asked me right away how long our set was. I told him about seventeen minutes and he asked if we could double that. We cannot.” It just makes me think of Palatka intensity at Ten Grand speed, maybe with a touch more metal. I’m so happy that the legacy of intellectual hardcore is both still around and still refuses to take itself too fucking seriously. This entire shitty week was worth it just to find this record. If you needed that, now you know. –Theresa W. (Red Hawk)