KINGFACE: Live at the 9:30 Club: LP

Kingface were a Dischord-adjacent band from the late ‘80s, made up of DC scene vets who weren’t afraid to admit that they grew up on Van Halen and The Nuge. I can hear how their punchy rock’n’roll riffs might have influenced later DC bands like Swiz, or how they align with proto-grunge heshers like Mother Love Bone and Soundgarden, but I can’t get past the fact that this is essentially buttrock with no memorable hooks. It’s not for me, but it is a clean soundboard recording of a tight and energetic band. If you’re a DCHC scholar, already a fan, or the type of person who doesn’t chuckle a little when a band’s singer whips his shirt off, you’re gonna want this. –Chris Terry (Not Like You)