The UK has been making us look bad at our own game. The Brits stole our US hardcore sound and I’m not sure they’re willing to give it back. They’re blowing us away with their recent interpretation of bands like SS Decontrol, The Abused, and Negative Approach. It’s kind of like when the Soviets and Yugoslavia beat Team USA out in Olympic Basketball in 1988. David Stern had to assemble the Dream Team just to bounce back from that!
Speaking of 1988, recent Firm Standing Law demo tape is just another example of how the Queen Mother’s hardcore is reshaping the stuff America was doing in the Eighties. This three song cassette has a feel of Chain of Strength and Cro-Mags with maybe a little Strife thrown in. Nothing fancy here – just finger-pointing and crew chants. The intro track even has a nod to Black Sabbath’s eponymous riff. I really hope these straightedge Englishmen sell long-sleeve t-shirts with script printed from the cuff to the shoulder.