Sorry State Records presents the debut cassette from Portland’s Gimmick, aptly titled the Quarantine EP. While Gimmick has plenty in common with the nihilistic, full-bore US-style hardcore of peers like Electric Chair and and Suck Lords, they distinguish themselves with an extra-large helping of punk snot. There’s a gleeful, anarchic sense of chaos on Quarantine, reminding me of old bands like Sick Pleasure and Fang who abandoned all hope and tried to get what laughs they could while the world hurtles toward its inevitable self-immolation. It’s also perfect music for the anxious, forced introversion of present moment, sliding fluidly between adolescent tantrum, inspired rage, and depressed resignation. Whether you’re out in the streets throwing molotov cocktails, chained to your (home) office chair, or drinking away your supplemental unemployment, these seven tracks from Gimmick provide a jolt of energy all of us can use right now.
100 copies on pro duplicated cassettes with full color j-card and download code.