FIRST IN LINE: Wake Up!: CD

With the release of Wake Up!, Swedish hardcore punk veterans First In Line celebrate thirty years of making music together. The years of playing and writing together clearly show, as there’s not a single note or vocal on this that feels out of place. Each song is fast, catchy, and in-your-face. First In Line eschew breakdowns and mosh parts in favor of circle pits and singalongs in all the tracks except “We’re In.” The breakdown in the track is so quick you might miss it if you’re not paying attention. In addition to the great music, I dug the strong political messages in every song, particularly on the track “Love for All.” In a time when it feels like so many bands I come across have nothing profound to say, First In Line still have a strong message thirty years in. I think this record should be mandatory listening for anyone into hardcore punk. –Paul J. Comeau (First In Line, firstinline.se)