FRIED EGG: Square One: LP

I love me some Black Flag. As ubiquitous as the bars are—tattoos, patches, shirts, stickers, et cetera—it often feels like the actual music created by the band remains in its own world, relatively untouched by subsequent generations. Countless bands claim their influence but precious few take the sounds and energy to heart. Fried Egg actually do, and they also didn’t forget that Black Flag made records after 1981. Riffs, leads, rhythms, and energy explode from this Virginia band. Along with other old school hardcore punk influences, they created an old-but-new record, complete with musical left turns and lyrics reflecting frustrations of trying to stay sane while living life in a fucked up world. Annihilate! –Chad Williams (Feel It, feelitrecords.bandcamp.com)