This compilation of three late-'80s releases from a lesser-known but forceful Dischord group features a version of Bob Marley's "War," and while Soulside didn't ever play reggae straight, the quartet's prominent bass and expansive arrangements show that it learned some of the same lessons as Fugazi. Such brilliantly extended songs as "Forgiveness" seethe, break down and then re-cohere, providing multiple climaxes instead of hardcore's one-two punch. Three of the band's four members later surfaced in Girls Against Boys, whose experiments with electronics and bottom-heavy grooves continue Soulside's.
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...