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im really digging the loose POST HARDCORE insanity of the BRITISH outfit IDLES, especially when it comes to the spoken word intensity of WELSH frontman JOE TALBOT. all too often it feels like BRITISH bands modify their singing voice to accommodate or pander towards a potential AMERICAN audience going back to THE BEATLES. when i hear TALBOT rant it brings me back to the best tradition of that poetic common-man deadpan lyricism of MARK E SMITH of THE FALL, IAN DURY or even SHAUN RYRDER of THE HAPPY MONDAYS.
it doesnt hurt that the group he fronts is pretty brutal. IDLES is definitely a band worth checking out.
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i remember getting REPEATER (DISCHORD, 1990) by FUGAZI at the recommendation of a childhood when i was visiting ORANGE COUNTY during the summer before my senior year of high school back in 2001. i believe i bought it at RADIATION RECORDS in FULLERTON. regardless, to my ears this record was a revelation because of its aggression, experimentation and sense of melody. since i was uninitiated into the world of POST-HARDCORE, at the time the nearest analogue i could think of was NIRVANA's IN UTERO (DGC, 1993). this record felt like a progression from that.
it wasnt until a few years later that i became acquainted with other bands like RITES OF SPRING, GLASSJAW, THE REFUSED and other seminal POST-HARDCORE bands that REPEATER gained a more apt context.
i can only count a handful of times where my world changed when hearing something unique for the first time. that happened in NIGERIA when someone who worked for my parents played FELA KUTI nonstop, specifically the ITT (WRASSE, 1980) and CONFUSION BREAK BONES (WRASSE, 1989) cassette tapes. it happened when i first heard both NOTHING'S SHOCKING (WARNER BROS, 1988) and RITUAL DE LO HABITUAL (WARNER BROS, 1990) by JANE'S ADDICTION on the same trip in SOUTH AFRICA. it also happened when i discovered DEVO in high school or THE SMITHS and THE STRANGLERS from track meet trips with my dad during my elementary school years.
i always wonder how much of your media diet is a reflection of your openness to new sounds, images and ideas during specific moments in your life. and who you surround yourself with. growing up moving all the time ive been around a lot of people with varying tastes and outlooks and i feel sometimes my exposure reflects such. in the case of FUGAZI, i was years late to that party. but i still find myself listening to this record especially standout tracks like "MERCHANDISE," "BLUEPRINT," "GREED," and of course "REPEATER" that all have a raw earnestness around them that is reflected in the lyrics and pummeling yet nuanced dynamism of the guitar assault.
now i hear their sound in other bands all the time, so it has dated a bit since i firts heard it, which of course was more than a decade after its release. great record i highly recommend checking out for fans of PUNK ROCK and HARDCORE.
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maybe it comes from them being CANADIAN and not taking themselves too seriously, but HARDCORE PUNK band CANCER BATS to my ears seem to enjoy themselves. there is a real sense of abandon and dare i say it, fun, in their music, which is not often the case with bands that skirt genres such as METALCORE, POST-HARDCORE or even SLUDGE METAL as they do. i always wanted to see them play because they just come off like an inclusive bunch while absolutely melting your face off with prime intense METAL riffage.
that and they are unafraid to acknowledge their influences. case in point their alter-egos BAT SABBATH who tour, record and perform straight BLACK SABBATH covers that basically draws the through line between the iconic METAL band and PUNK ROCK.
cool band well worth checking out.
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