A horrible hack

Gas Rag

Beats Off

Year Released: 2014
Format: 12" EP
Label: Even Worse - Beach Impediment
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jan 19, 2015
Eleven tracks of pretty awesome hardcore punk, as you already know because punk rock tastemakers the world over have long been singing its praises. It's a logical enough continuation from the demo and 7", and things haven't changed too much beyond a slightly fuller sound. While "more of the same" can be a right bore especially when you're dealing with the fairly trad sounds of early-days hc I'm still excitable enough when a band nails things this well. The songs are brain-scrapingly abrasive yet still somehow catchy and manage to walk the tightrope between tightly-reined and barely in control. While they have their classic references down fairly pat I'm going to contemporize (kind of) and suggest they approximate Skitkids playing Career Suicide songs: bright, jagged, well-written hardcore with a Svensk sense of clangour and a wealth of rollercoaster guitar solos. Lovely stuff!

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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