Five hard-hitting tracks of fast, catchy, to-the-point hardcore punk con letras socialmente conscientes cantadas en español and a melodic undercurrent in the finest traditions of the East Bay. Quick punchy drumming, wild energetic guitars, thick pummeling bass and vocals with a sweet furious sting playing songs about breaking out of the decay of social decency that is modern life. ¡Levántate!
250 copies of translucent red and 250 copies of translucent orange vinyl housed in a 12pt reverse card glue pocket sleeve with lyric insert and download card. Recorded and mastered by Jack Shirley. Art by Michelle Hill.
Our take: Debut vinyl from this East Bay, California hardcore band featuring Jasmine from Torso / Siamese Twins / a million other bands on vocals. Jeff and I commented that this record seemed to appear out of nowhere. I hadn’t heard anything about Screaming Fist before checking this record out, but it’s easy to see why they got the Iron Lung stamp of approval. Screaming Fist’s sound fits somewhere between modern d-beat and a more traditional US hardcore sound; while they often find that fist-pumping groove that I associate with bands like Vaaska or Criaturas, their playing is extremely tight and the songs are technical, with lots of perfectly executed intricate rhythms. For example, there’s my favorite moment of the record, when the last track, “Betrayed” takes a slight breath before putting the accelerator to the floor for its last few seconds. That microsecond pause before the change makes my heart feel like it's skipped a beat and serves as a perfect ending for a ripping hardcore punk EP.