Vermin: Our Noise Is Music cassette



Brand new cassette from these Floridian d-beat punks.

Our take: Latest cassette from this Florida band with quite a few releases under their belt. As on their previous tape, Vermin distinguish themselves from the pack by avoiding sounding like every other one of the 20 bazillion d-beat bands on the planet. When everyone is trying to be heavier and noisier than everyone else, it's refreshing to hear a band that obviously takes a lot of inspiration from Discharge but puts their effort toward writing really strong songs rather than just being as noisy or as raw as possible. On this release they stray even further from the established d-beat template, integrating influences that kind of sound oi!/UK82 to me, but not in the way that a lot of bands are doing those influences. It kind of reminds me a little bit of what Proxy were doing, but a bit more straightforward, hardcore, and American-sounding. Another point of comparison might be later Discharge records like Warning and The More I See if they were ruined by Cal's "balls in a vice" vocal sound. I don't think anyone would call this earth-shattering, but I really like the straightforward and elegant way that this band have solved the problem of creating fresh-sounding d-beat in the mid-oughts.
Tags: 10s d-beat gb325 hardcore punk raw yoobl