Embrace featured some of Ian MacKaye's most vivid and direct (and frequently angry) sermons against greed, delusion and self-destruction, backed by tight, tuneful and slightly psychedelic punk. The quartet's short run was roughly contemporaneous with Rites of Spring's, but this album was shelved for about two years after the group's unhappy breakup. As Michael Hampton's guitar swirls around the words, MacKaye delivers the definitive Dischord statement of purpose: "No compromise, no co-opt/ No giving out or giving up or giving in." Not all the lyrics are MacKaye's, by the way: bassist Chris Bald, who named the band, had a major role in shaping its sensibility.
By Andrew Mueller on 05.02.14 in Reviews
It doesn't seem quite right to describe Embrace as a comeback album, the group never having formally disbanded. Embrace does, however, break an eight-year silence from the band, during which it might well have been forgo...
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...