Influenced by super-speedy, ultra-tight neighbors Bad Brains, a pair of former Teen Idles and two new recruits founded this quartet, which transformed hardcore in D.C. and around the world. Moving on from the usual teen-punk complaints, singer-lyricist Ian MacKaye inspired — and enraged — listeners by launching a critique of his own scene's hedonism. (MacKaye said that "Straight Edge" was a song, not a movement, but almost 25 years later it still draws new recruits.) Along with the band's galvanic ensuing album Out of Step, this genre-defining compilation traces the band's quick (of course) evolution from rough-hewn but incredibly focused to (a little) slower and disillusioned.
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...