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Deathrats – Self Titled 7 inch (For fans of Punch, Coke Bust, Ceremony)

deathrats cover

Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t handle repetition, my ADD just can’t handle it (hey, this is why I listen to spastic punk rock).  With that in mind, I’ve been spinning DC’s Deathrats Self Titled 7 inch at LEAST 3 times a day, this shit completely blows me away.

Deathrats play aggressive, female fronted hardcore and their 7 inch is easily one of the most brutal, yet catchy records I’ve heard in a long time. With 6 songs finishing in a mere 7 minutes, it’s a quick listen… however one thing that really sets Deathrats apart from all the other adrenaline junkie hardcore bands is how fucking catchy they are.  Most hardcore bands rely on minor chords and dissonance to sound dark and heavy.  Deathrats prove you can do just fine with major chords, mix them with some blast beat drumming, add some charged vocals and you’ll still be heavy as any other.

If you like your punk rock and hardcore heavy like Punch, you definitely can’t go wrong grabbing Deathrat’s Self Titled.  Unfortunately the band called it a day early last year (and I never had a chance to see them… fuck me), but that shouldn’t stop you from grabbing this gem.

Deathrats – Self Obsessed

DNF – Hurt
Punch – Self Titled
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Coke Bust – Fuck Bar Culture
United Nations – Self Titled


Dag Nasty – Can I Say (For fans of Minor Threat, Lifetime, Texas Is The Reason)

Maybe it was the Texas Is The Reason show I recently went to, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Dag Nasty as of late.  Along with other DC pioneers Embrace (Ian Mackaye’s band in between Minor Threat and Fugazi), Dag Nasty help pave the way for melodic hardcore back in the 1980s.

Released back in 1986, Dag Nasty’s debut Can I Say contains 10 jams that influenced many melodic/post hardcore bands.  Take their song “Under Your Influence” for example, you can see where Texas Is The Reason pulled a lot of their, uh… influences from.

Singer Dave Smalley shouts with a sense of urgency, while Minor Threat guitarist Brian Baker brings his hardcore influences to the table mixing the aggression with catchy melodies.

Easily one of the most underrated bands of their time, Dag Nasty is definitely worth checking out.

Dag Nasty – Under Your Influence

There Are Words I Should Have Spoken, But I Kept My Fucking Mouth Shut Instead:
Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Black Flag – The First Four Years


Coke Bust – Fuck Bar Culture (For fans of Punch, Ceremony, DANGERS)

In the spirit of the EP itself, I’m going to make this quick and to the point.  How do you feel about blast beat hardcore such as early Ceremony or Punch (who’s latest EP I’ve been spinning non-stop by the way… so fucking good).   If you dig it, you’ll fucking love DC Coke Bust’s 6 song Fuck Bar Culture.

Released in 2007 and clocking in around 4 minutes, the longest song on here is a quick 1 minute kick to the face just to give you an idea of what to expect.  Straight edge hardcore played fucking right: fast, brutal, and leaving you asking “what the fuck just happened?”

While I don’t agree with everything they say (personally, while I don’t really drink, I enjoy going to bars with friends and I’m not going to  think everyone who does drink is a depressed alcoholic), Coke Bust are the type of band where it doesn’t matter… proof?  Let’s just say I saw them in a basement sharing the microphone with kids who were rocking out and singing along with 40s in their hand.  And that’s what hardcore should be all about: saying your views, but not hating others who think differently than you.  As stated in an interview with one of the members of the band: ” I couldn’t really care less about the dominant straight edge scene today. I don’t think straight edge is anything to care too much about or to be militant about. Do what you want. I don’t give a fuck.

Coke Bust – Fumigation

Cokebust – Lines In The Sand
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Punch – Nothing Lasts

Coke Bust

Red C – Demo (For fans of Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Government Issue)

Red C is one of those hardcore gems from the 80s that not many people know about.  Formed in DC back in 1981, the band only played about 7 shows ever, and only recorded one 4 song demo (which Dischord released on their Flex Your Head compilation).  Still, any early hardcore fan would dig them.

The demo is only about 5 minutes in length, with the first track being an instrumental, but I’ve been listening to it a lot lately.  Playing hardcore in the veins of Minor Threat and Government Issue, if you listen to Ceremony at all you may actually already know a Red C song (Ceremony covered “Pressure’s On” on their Violence Violence + Ruined).

If you’re a fan of early hardcore, definitely check out Red C’s demo, which you can find on Dischord’s compilation.

Red C – Pressure’s On

More Hardcore:
Minor Threat
Embrace (Ian’s Band After Minor Threat)

Teen Idles – Minor Disturbance
Ceremony – Violence Violence