Maybe this band was too bratty to be "emo," but guitarist-songwriter Brian Baker's post-Minor Threat outfit built the template for much subsequent pop-punk. In part because Dave Smalley's vocals are more urgent than those of his successor, this debut is the better of the quartet's two Dischord albums. (A third was released on another label before Baker, now of Bad Religion, took a shot at major-label metal). With their immediacy tempered by simple, rousing harmonies, songs like "Circles" hint at what Minor Threat would have sounded like if Ian MacKaye had accepted Baker's drift toward mainstream rock.
By Jason Schreurs on 10.08.14 in Features
Members of the '90s trio talk about their short but impactful run.
By Andrew Parks on 08.11.14 in News
Much like they did for Minor Threat a little over a decade ago, Dischord Records have announced plans to properly release the earliest recordings of Fugazi. Due out sometime this winter, First Demo is exactly that: 11 so...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Icons
"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the sta...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Reviews
Now confident behind the boards, Red Medicine is the first broad expansion of their musical palette. The hard strumming on "Do You Like Me?" almost sounds like furious, heavy...indie pop. (After all, Fugazi had a long fr...