Soulside, Soon Come Happy

Mark Jenkins

By Mark Jenkins

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

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.