Imagine KORO, DISORDER and BATTALION OF SAINTS mixed together and you start to get an idea of where the new ELECTRIC CHAIR EP starts off. It doesn't sound like any of those bands but we just need you to keep that in your head. There ain't much going on in there anyway right? Frantic 80's style hardcore punk punk punk from members of BETA BOYS here. This style has been popping up more and more in the Northwest and we couldn't be more delighted. In short, this band rips and you should hear it, so slip in to something fingerless and jam this at maximum volume.
Our take: Fast and off the rails hardcore seems to be the style of the moment—at least for a substantial contingent of kids, many of them in the Pacific Northwest—and I couldn’t be happier. If you’ve been into recent records by bands like U-nix and Suck Lords, this new one from Electric Chair should be high on your list of new releases to check out. While they’re not as loose or as lightning fast as either of those two, Electric Chair’s heaviness and their penchant for explosive guitar histrionics both contribute to their signature take on the style. The guitar riff in “Casino” is wild and catchy as hell but unlike anything I’ve ever heard in a hardcore song before, while the careening guitar solo in “Law Means Nothing” is so fast, chaotic, and intense that I can’t sit still while listening to it. While Performative Justice doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it’s explosive and alive and vital in all the ways I want hardcore punk to be.