SCHOOL DRUGS: Modern Medicine: LP

New Jersey hardcore/punk that takes a lot of cues from Rollins-era Black Flag, Bl’ast, et al. It’s not a total throwback and reminds me a lot of some of the better mid-’00s capital “H” Hardcore bands. The songs are catchy and each of them has a unique element that keeps the album interesting the whole way through. The riffs are standard meat-and-potatoes hardcore, but they work well within the framework of the songs and there are some really cool, interesting lead guitar parts that add some gloomy elements without distracting from the energy of the rest of the album. Lyrics are well thought out and written well, dealing with depression/medication/societal pressure. Recommended. –Ian Wise (Indecision, indecision records.com)