Program: demo cassette

Program: demo cassette


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Demo cassette from this new Texas hardcore / d-beat band.

Our take: Some seriously powerful and quite musically sophisticated crust from this new Texas band. The big production and big riffs definitely bring to mind Scandinavian Jawbreaker-era Anti-Cimex, but Program have a lot to recommend themselves beyond just sounding like a band everyone already likes. The songs themselves are total bruisers, like a somewhat sped-up version of the best fist-pumping d-beat out there. However, the real star of the show here is the lead guitarist, who bursts out solo after solo that shows surprising range and depth. Some of the leads have a slightly atonal quality, occasionally making you think to yourself "did they really mean to hit that note?" while others have the subtly melodic quality that marks "sophisticated" hardcore like later Articles of Faith or the later Varaus stuff (if that's not too obscure of a reference). Even if you don't get those references, if you like metallic d-beat Program are highly recommended.