patriarchy-destroying Ohioan onslaught
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Samuel Dubose, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Terrance CrutcherOhioan Solidarity
Say their names
these are only a few
of the People of Color
murdered by blue
This is the stuff. A four-piece hardcore punk band since 2019 who, not only knock out gnarly blasts of pure rage but are also heavily active in local politics, having worked with and supported NARAL of Greater Ohio, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Sex Militant and the Black, Queer and Intersectional Collective.
At over 2 minutes, 20-20 is the longest song on Living Hell. The astonishing sampled speech, overlaying the band’s stark intro, takes up half of it. By the time they erupt with some intense, femme-voxed, powerviolence-peppered thrash, it’s almost over. The rest of these eight tracks tread similar ground but it never gets old. The sludge of Riot, interspersed with manic fast blasts, bring to mind Californian legends SPAZZ, with high-pitched vocals, as does Death On Two Wheels‘s thrash acrobatics. Doublethink throws in a fucked-up guitar solo and there is an element of dissonant noise to Greed‘s 43 second power-violence/sludge meld. The occasional stomping and shouting wallop section completes the picture.
The production seems a little ‘demo’. While this is de rigueur for the genre, allowing the instruments to retain their unrefined edge, the echo effect on the vocal detracts a little from the purity of the anger. Initially disorientating, this small niggle fades away as you lock in to this imaginative set of fiery, protest thrash. Inspiring stuff.
Released on March 25th so go to it. 12″ vinyl via Blind Rage Records, Dead Tank Records and their label So This is Progress. The US tape pressing will be released via Dune Altar Records and the UK tape pressing via Serial Bowl Records. The latter is available to order here