Fit for Abuse: Mindless Violence 12"

Armageddon Records


This Massachusetts HC classic finally sees the light of day again, reissued after 17 years. The 12 tracks have been mastered at New Alliance East, pressed on 150 gram vinyl, housed in a heavy duty Stoughton tip-on jacket, includes a 12x12 insert and download with bonus track. Fit For Abuse started in the winter of 1995 inspired to play hardcore in the vein of classic bands like Negative FX, Poison Idea, Gang Green and Negative Approach. After numerous local shows and one demo, in September of 1996 FFA recorded these 12 tracks with Kurt Ballou of Converge in his original 8-Track home studio. The “Mindless Violence EP” was originally released in a pressing of 1000 copies in early 1997, and repressed one time in 1998. Urban HC legend has it that several more tracks were recorded at the same time, but so far have been impossible to track down... beyond one cover song, "Nuclear Threat" originally by The Abused. Not long after the original record came out, singer Matt Kelly was asked to join the Dropkick Murphys as their drummer. He made the choice to leave FFA due to his nonstop touring schedule. The band decided to continue on without him. Over the years, Joe continued playing music with Think I Care, R'n'R, Vaccine and others. Muzzi was in Out Cold for a while. Matt is still in The Dropkick Murphys. Where everyone else is, well who knows. "Mindless Violence" made a mark in the 1990's for some of us, an often underrated and constantly overlooked piece of Massachusetts musical history. Hopefully now this properly mastered version will leave it's mark on a new generation of hardcore fans, and make some older ones clean the wax out of their ears. 12 songs. Hardcore done the way it's meant to be done, with no bullshit added.

Our take: 12" reissue of this Massachusetts band's lone 7", and man did Armageddon pull out all of the stops for this one! Not only did they have the record remastered and went to the trouble of pressing it on a 12" for better fidelity, but they also pressed it on weighty 150-gram vinyl and housed it in a really sturdy Stoughton tip-on jacket... they really spared no expense! I've often heard people from New England speak about this band in almost hushed tones... along with Out Cold they were one of the few bands playing straightforward, 80s-style USHC during the mid-90s, and like Out Cold they have achieved a legendary status among those in the know. Nowadays there are a million bands who do this kind of SOA / Negative Approach-style hardcore (Violent Reaction, for instance, immediately comes to mind as a modern band that sounds quite a lot like FFA), but it was extremely rare then... hell, it was still rare almost 10 years later when Punch in the Face were playing a really similar style. I must say, though, this really holds up. There's something about hearing a band who is playing against the grain of everything that's going on around them... it's an infectious feeling, and you get that here.
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