FACTION, THE: Epitaph: LP

Re-ish of the final breaths of the most crucial skate punk of all time. Seems like all their gear is being faithfully reissued (at last) by Beer City. This band is famous for leading the skate punk pack with Steve Caballero on guitar, but that aside they were a classic left coast hardcore punk band. I guess they have a sorta L.A. vibe going on (even though they were from San Jose), not unlike the Adolescents. While I would lean to No Hidden Messages LP or Dark Room 12” for their absolute crucial jams, this 12” is no slouch. The fucked up version of “California Dreaming” is boss. Wish the cover was an exact repro instead of a bastardized version. Still a worthy re-is. –Tim Brooks (Beer City, beercity.com)