An Australian hardcore punk band with an affinity for American politics. Songs about Trump, pharma-bro Martin Shkreli, and the Cold War. Musically, they’re a well-oiled machine that sounds an awful lot like the newest Black Flag recordings (yup, that album!). I personally prefer my hardcore sporting warts and a chipped tooth. Minds-R-Controlled have got the angst down but miss the mark when it comes to the effectiveness of their squeaky clean take on hardcore. –Juan Espinosa (Self-released, minds-r-controlled.com / Step Change)