NOI!SE: Price We Pay: 7”

Tacoma’s streetpunk kings, Noi!se, just released two new singles on Pirates Press. The other record is a UV, digitally-printed 12” single called Lost. Lost sold out almost instantly, so don’t snooze on this record. Price We Pay is a one-track 7”, pressed on pretty orange vinyl. A heartfelt anthem about the ills of this country’s nasty incarceration boom, we prison abolitionists now have a spirited new song to groove to as we raise our fists in the air. Pirates Press continues to impress with its exquisitely packaged releases, and Noi!se delivers a track worthy of such glamorous treatment. In these times of exciting unrest, it’s fair for punks to briefly reflect on the fact that it was skinheads, not peace punks, who introduced the concept of ACAB into the scene. I noticed the 1312 mentality and sloganeering spread to all segments of punk and hardcore over the past decade or so. It was a truly emotional experience when ACAB finally seeped out of the scene, finally hitting the mainstream in 2020. –Art Ettinger (Pirates Press)