Collection of releases from this legendary 80s Japanese noise punk band. This LP compiles the full Indignation cassette, Nuclear Addicts flexi, tracks from the highly sought-after Jisatsu Omnibus 8" compilation, and live recordings. Comes with 2-sided insert.
Our take: Fan club release compiling the early material by one of the all-time greats of worldwide hardcore, Japan’s Confuse. This 12” compiles their Indignation cassette, the Nuclear Addicts flexi, their tracks from the Jisatsu Omnibus compilation, and three live tracks (including one unreleased song). Every official release by Confuse is mandatory listening. Along with Disorder, Chaos UK, Shitlickers, and a handful of others, they pioneered taking Discharge’s stripped-down formula and removing any remaining bells and whistles, distilling hardcore punk down to a kind of abstract expressionist stab of rage. The band’s debut cassette-only album Indignation—presented in its entirety here—is my favorite Confuse release. The guitars are high in the mix on this session, and they are wild and unhinged, up there with Negazione’s Tutti Pazzi EP as some of the most crazed and inspired guitar noise of all time. The vocals are also downright feral, and the music is a chaotic swirl of noise, distortion, and feedback. It is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard in my life. Confuse’s later releases—including what’s compiled on the b-side of this LP—tend to highlight the drums, and while they're still great (up there, in fact, with Mob 47 as far as this style goes), they're a little more familiar and less magical. As I said, though, there is no bad Confuse material, so let’s hope they follow this collection with another volume featuring the balance of their discography.