Jeff's SSR Pick: June 9, 2022

What’s up Sorry Staters?

I’m gonna jump right in: God-DEYUM this Ammo LP rips! I remember seeing this band’s demo floating around a couple years ago. The band was always being described to me as the band that PJ from Nightbirds was doing vocals for. Of course, I remember PJ’s vocal talents from back in the Wormeaters days. Now we have this new Ammo LP and it is GNARLY. Don’t underestimate New Jersey hardcore. The dudes in Ammo are cut from that Mutha cloth baby. Self-identifying as “Jersey Shore Hardcore,” this shit is probably too hard even for Snooki. From the moment I dropped the needle on this LP, the record just sounds immediately explosive. It’s like Ammo is trying to cram as many intense and burly elements from all corners of the “killer USHC encyclopedia” as possible. The band weaves between totally ripping classic hardcore speeds but then breaks into Negative FX or Death Wish-style double-time ripping tempos. This batch of songs just sound so mean, rough, dirty, and forceful all the way through. I’ll be honest, there’s a few moshy passages that are like a total ignorant, pit-clearing call to arms. Generally, I’m not into super tough mid-paced breakdowny stuff. I had to ask myself, “is this too tough for me?” But I do like it when it’s done right. A homie pointed out to me that the pit-inducing riffs almost kinda sound thrashy like Attitude Adjustment. After a chin scratch, I was like damn… you’re right. The vocals are also totally demented. When PJ in a totally shredded, frustrated fervor howls “You FUCK!” just before the breakdown kicks in… I’ll admit, I got chills. He sounds so pissed. The anger feels so real to me, it’s palpable. It’s almost like the band got all riled up and recorded all these songs in a fury without stopping. Then I was like, FUCK, this all killer.

Luckily, I’ll have the pleasure of seeing Ammo shred at Shomo Fest 2022. Just black out… Fists start swinging… Remember nothing… Just kidding haha.

Sorry State got a big ol’ stack of these LPs, and we’ve already sold a good amount of copies. But to me, this is the kind of hardcore record that should sell out instantly. If you’ve been sleeping on this ripper… just buy it, punk.

That’s all I’ve got for this week. As always, thanks for reading.

‘Til next week,


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