Reckless: El Dorado 7"

MMM Records


Oakland's best kept secret and, coincidentally, the Bay's best punk band. Not d-beat, no gimmicks, just hardcore punk reminiscent of Sick Pleasure and other classic hardcore.

Our take: New EP from this Oakland band. The label drops a Sick Pleasure reference in their description of this band/record, and that makes me think about the history and current state of this kind of snotty, catchy punk rock. It doesn't sound like Reckless are necessarily trying to emulate Sick Pleasure or any other band really, but the problem with playing this particular style of hardcore (and here it doesn't matter whether your reference points are west coast bands like Sick Pleasure or Angry Samoans or east coast bands like the Freeze), is that while those bands are loved by USHC heads, that music also forms a large part of the DNA of 90s "melodic hardcore," so unless you take a lot of care to have really vintage-sounding production and make sure that you don't get too slick you may end up sounding as much like a 90s Fat Wreck band as an early 80s snotty HC band. Reckless don't really fall into that trap, but they come close, mostly due to the way it's produced, i.e. with a kind of high-in-the-mix kick drum and vocals. Jeff and I were listening to this and we both came independently to the conclusion that Reckless sound a little bit like Gas Huffer (which is weird because I honestly hadn't thought about Gas Huffer in years). I think that's mostly due to the vocals, but I also think that there's something in the sound of this record that makes me think of the 90s a little more than the 80s. At the end of the day that's not necessarily a good or a bad thing, but if you like your hardcore super retro-sounding this isn't going to be for you. However, if you want to hear some ripping, snotty punk tunes delivered with power and precision give this a listen.
Tags: 10s hardcore punk recommended ushc yoobl