Red Delicious channels the wavelengths of Great Lakes Hardcore to bring us Far From The Tree, an eight track punk 7". Vocals snarled in Portuguese and riffs dripping with au jus, Far From The Tree is a product of Chicago, exportable to fans of Midwest hardcore, YDI, and anyone that likes a little groove in their punk.
Our take: Debut 7” from this Chicago-area band. The sound here is rough and loose early 80s-style hardcore with fuzzy, vintage-style production. The label’s description references YDI, which I hear in Red Delicious’s ferocity, but something about this EP reminds me of Finnish hardcore, particularly Rattus. It’s not a soundalike record, though, as Red Delicious incorporate moves from throughout hardcore’s history, including SSD-esque breakdowns on “Conquista” and “Luta Fraca,” mid-paced, Discharge-style (think “A Look at Tomorrow”) riffing on “Sumida” and “Garganta Quente” and some ripping fast Neos-style thrash on “Homen Amarrado.” If you like the scrappy midwestern hardcore that comes out on labels like Lengua Armada and Not Normal I recommend giving this one a listen.