As rents raise and space diminishes in every major- and minor- city across the
country one wonders what there is to do next? Even here in O-Town the looming
threat of unwanted and perpetual development casts its shadows on an
indifferent and drunk populace. However, it would rest one's mind to know that
even as we continue to delve deeper and further into the hellscape that the
Pacific Northwest is becoming there are things that remain the same. In the self-
mythologizing Capitol City there still is and still will continue to be Hardcore.
Electric Chair capitalize and perfect on their years spent wasted in Hardcore Hell
to produce for us this EP, Public Apology. There is no fixed-point on this
trajectory that encompasses, among a litany of useless comparisons, anything
from cascade luminaries SOLGER to a bass-player who is obviously obsessed
with MELLAKKA. A kind of Pure Hardcore Music (PHM) if there ever was one.
Songs about Prisons and Ropes.
"You guys look like late-era GANG GREEN but sound like "Preschool"-era
Our take: Debut 7” from this band out of Olympia. The label highlights their Gang Green-isms in the description, but that’s only part of their style. While Electric Chair are great at fast and out of control hardcore that reminds me of early Gang Green or the Neos, they also know their way around a catchy, mid-paced punk tune a la Career Suicide or Social Circkle, though without the tightness or polish of either of those bands. The vocalist even incorporates a little bit of melody into their style, which is something you rarely hear from bands who play this fast and raw. Speaking of which, this has a nasty recording that sounds like they threw it together on a 4 track between knife hits. If you like bands like Alienation or Suck Lords but you still play your Adolescents and Zero Boys records you’ll flip for this.