Deepest in their aching, breaking hearts, most emo-punk bands would give their chain wallets and Gibson SG guitars to be Lungfish, Baltimore's mesmeric punk rock messiahs. The only non-D.C. band on Dischord (Ian MacKaye worships them) and possessing an ascetic vibe that makes Fugazi seem like Buckcherry, Lungfish sounds and acts like nobody else. Frontman Daniel Higgs is emo's Gnostic poet-king, his lyrics fusing the biological, spiritual and mechanical. (Kinda like H.R. Giger, but not totally evil.) Talking Songs is the band's most straightforwardly rock album: Songs have verses, choruses (sort of) and the heaven-splitting triumphalism emo so often tries to lock down. "Broadcast" refuses the finality of death, while "Descender" witnesses an angel (and puts in a good word for acid!). The appended Necklace of Heads EP includes the "hit" "Nothing Is Easy." Altogether, a stone classic and a rock upon which the emotive church was built.
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...