EXCITED TO DIE: This Is a Life?: CS

Mar 19, 2024

I freely admit that I listen to review cassettes as sparingly as possible (given a general antipathy towards the format) and I also freely admit that I cock a rather jaded eyeball towards most hardcore-ish punk releases these days (my thinking being that I already experienced this music at its peak, when it was really truly happening—which was over forty years ago—so what the hell do I need to listen to more of it for?), but I also admit, freely and of my own volition, that I actually really enjoyed this tape, so go figure. I dunno, man, it sounds like Minor Threat (but not in a stupid way), maybe crossed with someone slightly later and less deadly earnest, like TMA (of What’s for Dinner fame, although I suppose “fame” should be in quotation marks here). Angry but not too angry, fast but not too fast, fun but not too fun. Wait, that didn’t come out right. Ah, you know what I mean. My interest begins to wane a bit on the second side, although that might just be a function of music like this wearing out its welcome after the first ten songs or so (this is a twenty song cassette, which seems to be a violation of some manner of unwritten guiding principle). All the same, I hope these guys play at my nursing home some day. BEST SONG (and BEST SONG TITLE, I suppose): “Sk8 (Purity).” It just seems so mathy! FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: If you changed the M to a B in the record label’s name it would spell “No Norbs.” No Norbs No Masters! –Rev. Nørb (No Norms)

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