The High Back Chairs, Curiosity and Relief

Mark Jenkins

By Mark Jenkins

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Dischord’s one and only power-pop band.

On tour, this sorta-supergroup was sometimes billed as "including former members of Minor Threat and Pussy Galore" — which was absolutely true and entirely immaterial. The quartet was (and probably always will be) Dischord's only power-pop band, equally proficient at earthy attack and airborne harmonies. This filler-free six-song mini-album is unapologetically melodic and often tender, with frontman Peter Hayes 'pleas for understanding cued to folk-rock jangling rather than hardcore thumping. These were the last recordings ever propelled by former Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson, whose decision to retire led to the band's unraveling soon after the record's release.