DISCLAIMER: Most of our distro copies arrived with damaged corners from international transit.
Debut EP from this band out of Miyazaki, Japan.
Our take: I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve heard a new band from Japan doing the classic Japanese hardcore style, so this debut 7” from MV-11 is a welcome addition to our bins. I don’t have any info on MV-11 other than that they’re from Myazaki, Japan, but when I play Doubt the Authority, it makes me think D.S.B., one of my favorite Japanese hardcore bands from the early 2000s. Like D.S.B., MV-11 doesn’t have the blazing lead guitars many people associate with the Burning Spirits style, but they use dramatic-sounding chord progressions that invoke that triumphant feel you get from bands like Death Side. Rhythmically, though, this is less about that heavy backbeat and has more of a forward-leaning, ahead-of-the-beat drumming style that reminds me of Lip Cream. Ten or fifteen years ago there were a million bands attempting this style, but aside from maybe Rashomon, there aren’t too many current bands carrying the torch for this sound. As a result, Doubt the Authority will be a treat for anyone whose Japanese hardcore collection extends beyond the most obvious titles.