These young inheritors of the Dischord ethos turned more soulful on their third and (it turned out) final album. Strutting bass lines, churning guitar and falsetto vocals characterize songs like "Wonderful People," but the trio demonstrates its post-punk smarts with shifting tempos and unexpected transitions. While the music is upbeat, the underlying mood is more ominous: "Wet Work," a celebration of quotidian beauty, acknowledges that "something beautiful gets shot down every day." This is another D.C. group that learned a few things from Wire, and "Tag-Tag" expands dramatically on that band's clipped minimalism, without losing any of its propulsion.
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...