Fugazi Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Similar to Fugazi:
Black Flag, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, Minutemen, Slint, Hot Snakes, Mission Of Burma, Wipers, Unwound, Big Black, Quicksand, Shellac
What happens when you take the rhythm section out of Fugazi and add a jazz guy? Something like the Messthetics I imagine. Here's nine songs they recorded in their practice space, semi structured with lots of room for improvisation. Simple guitar, bass, drums set up explored by some of the finest players in the biz.
Their second record and first studio proper, Repeater continued the life of post-hardcore giants Fugazi, taking the hallmarks of hardcore bands such as Gang of Four and, you know, Minor Threat, and updating them into a new bizarre style. Still more punk than poetics, Repeater speaks to that early time in Fugazi's career when anger dictated all.
Fugazi are now lauded as one of the most influential punk bands of all time, both for their contributions to the lineage of hardcore (continuing what Minor Threat started with a little more "post" in the mix for the new era) and for their political standpoints, uncompromising live shows and complete autonomy. 'First Demo', though, charts Ian MacKaye's band before they'd really gotten it together, only a handful of shows in to their inception and without knowing what they sounded like on tape. This reissue takes us back to that turning point in punk rock; there's even "Turn Off Your Gun", an extra, unreleased track from the same sessions thrown in.
In On The Kill Taker is one of Fugazi's most shamefully overlooked works, too straightforward to appease their later fans and not punx enough to piss off a hardcore kid the way they like it. What you get instead is a furious dance: some of the band's catchiest cuts, including "Public Witness Programme", along with the usual gleeful fury.
Interlaced with the band's lyrical manifestos, footage of the band performing live (and heckling dickheads in their crowd), plus extensive shots of Ian MacKaye wearing a variety of fabulous hats, Instrument explains and traces the history of Fugazi and their place in hardcore's timeline. The atmosphere is tense and exciting, but dour and troubling -- kinda like their music.