PUNK DEMO #3: FIRM STANDING LAW

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.

CLICK HERE: FIRM STANDING LAW DEMO 2016

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PUNK DEMO #3: FIRM STANDING LAW

Punk Demo #1: Head Collector

CLICK HERE: HEAD CLEANER: DEMO 2016

Yesterday morning, I woke up to a world where Donald Trump had been elected President of the United States. This was a reality that I had not emotionally prepared myself for. My social media feed was a barrage of mourning and anger and pain. I saw the world around me turning to a vile place of hatred and alienation.

The first track on Head Collector’s 2016 demo is called “Known Abuser.” It seems only fitting that I heard this for the first time today. I needed to hear some fury today. I needed raw feedback and monstrous guitars. I needed sounds that matched what I feel inside.

Punk Demo #1: Head Collector