February 10, 2015

Bad Brains - Bad Brains (1982)


Ah, Bad Brains, the jazz fusion group that stumbled upon hardcore. Bad Brains wasn't on SST yet, but this self-titled album has all of the symptoms of an SST record; an independent concoction that's hardcore yet friendly sounding and a predecessor to slacker culture. Bad Brains goes fast. I mean, they are a hardcore group, but something seems even quicker and I think it's because the listener is forced to focus on the drums instead of most super guitar-driven hardcore. Crazy guitar solos hit you in the face before you even know what's happening and the singer just whines and squeals his way through these speedy tracks, and the next thing you know you're listening to a full on Jamaican dub track. The funny part is that there is no hint of an overlap of the two styles, and I guess that's for the best.

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Bad Brains