MOB 47: Carnival in Rio: Flexi

Easily one of the greatest hardcore bands this godforsaken planet has ever produced, Sweden’s Mob 47 have turned an obvious Discharge influence into a sound all their own and, in turn, have influenced generation after generation of thrashers in backyards, basements, favelas, and barrios in every corner of punk’s underground for more than thirty years. Collected here are several unreleased tracks from one of their earliest incarnations dating back to the 1980s, and one dating from the first weekend of their most recent reformation in the ‘00s. The tunes are, as ever, frantic and furious, over long before you realize it, and you’re ultimately left wanting more, as it should be. Saw ‘em—I shit you not—at an East L.A. yard party a couple of years ago. They’re as formidable as ever and this is worthy of much praise. –Jimmy Alvarado (Insane Society)