Fatigue: Dog Bodies 7"

Warthog Speak Records


7" pressing of 3 of the 4 tracks from FATIGUE's demo tape from last year. Here's what I had to say about the cassette: "The perfect soundtrack to watching the soul of real life bleached down to an unrecognizable, squeaky-clean, child-safety prison outside of your control. FATIGUE is growling, ripping and tearing back from the deepest, darkest corners of the gut. Take the ugly snarl and familiarity of first wave punk, add the blood-thirsty fervor and frostbite of a vacant Cass Corridor warehouse in 1982, and steady it with the gobbing, No-Future confidence of the UK punk sound of that same year, and you end up with a snarling beast similar to this. With ex- and current members of SYDNEY DUCKS, CAGED ANIMAL, YOUNG OFFENDERS, SCALPED, and HUNTING PARTY among the ranks, the sound all makes sense. The savagery of "Outlander" being the standout track. Nasty."

Our take: Brand new 3-song EP from this bruising Bay Area band, and on this recording they pretty much complete the transition from being a hardcore band into being a straight-up oi! band. Of course it's delivered with the heaviness and power typical of bands on the Warthog Speak label, but with its pop-oriented song structures and emphasis on vocal melody this reminds me less of an US hardcore band I can think of and more of the toughest early UK oi! like Red Alert, the 4 Skins, and the like. File this along with Crown Court and Rixe as some of the only oi! revival music out there that's worth your time. Also love the packaging on this one... the red vinyl with the one-color, die-cut pocket sleeve is quite nice.
Tags: 10s hardcore oi! recommended ushc