Behind Closed Doors were a Baltimore band who popped up and then dissolved again with just a few years in the late 90’s. Exit Lines: The Brief History of Behind Closed Doors contains everything that the band ever recorded (which isn’t a lot), on red-with-black-splatter vinyl with a laser etching of the lyrics on the B-side. Fierce and complicated hardcore, reissued by Temporary Residence.
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- TRR220LP / Opaque red with black splatter coloured vinyl LP on Temporary Residence. Features a custom laser etching that includes the album's lyrics etched directly into the vinyl
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 02 February 2017
I… am not sure I understand. What Temporary Residence are doing. With this one. This record is perfectly good, but I feel I should offer the head-scratcher: a three-track retrospective for a short-lived band nobody knew existed on a twenty quid LP. An odd one, but maybe it speaks to their secret significance? Behind Closed Doors existed for a couple of years in the ‘90s -- back when I was less experienced in life, and also three -- and made a fiery, bait-and-switch hardcore that recalls some of the noisiest moments of bands like Shotmaker and Heroin.
Truth be told, they are very good, leaning into chaos perfectly on “Red Is The World, Kill is the Verb”, which makes angularity its mission statement through a degenerate main riff and a wild breakdown that sounds the way a ruler does when you bend it to a snap. The furiousness of the skramz is not to be under-estimated, and works well with the band’s hints at post-rock dynamics -- “Dynamite Next Time!” stumbles in with the cracked symbiosis of Slint before going wild in a wonderful exchange of screams -- as it progresses, the guitars and bassline intertwine in a wonderfully emo medley.
Honestly, that bass line might have won me over to this whole release -- it’s just lovely. All three tracks on here make a good case for Behind Closed Doors being another classic emo punk band to eulogise -- it’s just that, you know, they only have three songs here, so what can I do? You can compare them to His Hero Is Gone all you want, pals, but I’m gonna need more to go on. More please. Now. More.
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