Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: Go Deep - Counseling

Wow, boys and girls; Mayfly Records is a force to be reckoned with, and don't you ever forget it. Besides snatching up some of the best bands in their respective genres (Center of the Sun, Barrow), they are going out of their way to show all of us that hardcore punk is not only alive, but that it is better than it's ever been. Thanks to Go Deep for renewing faith in my heart, as well as the heart of the 13 year old kid inside me, who grew up going to Ten 33 and Outbreak shows. Incredible album. (Editor's note: just found out, thanks to Bob at Mayfly, that Go Deep is actually members of Outbreak. Awesome.)

I'm about to Go Deep:

"Late Notice" - This album starts off with two of my favorite hardcore devices ever: sound clips from 80s movies and... what? Those of you who have read my reviews know: Feedback. That being said, this song brings to mind the fast, tight, measured playing style of bands like Gorilla Biscuits and Chain of Strength. Then, everything fades to black at the 1:50 mark (Yes, a hardcore punk song that's longer than 1:30!), when what comes in? Thick, pummeling chords played in perfect half-time, that's the darkest hardcore punk riff I honestly may have ever heard. It's groovy, it's heavy, and it's more punk than you'll ever be.

"Glossectomy" - 51 seconds. That's all it takes for these Brooklyn Boys to make you forget about all the other albums you're listening to, and remind you that, plain and simple: New York does it better. But there's no self-hatred on this album; no, it's all targeted, aimed, and loaded. "I'm a destructive person, and you're the fucking reason. You should know that." Alternating between groovy riffs and the chugging, spine-crushing end, this song has everything you want. "Sing me a fucking song."

Go Deep - Glossectomy from Bon Duke on Vimeo.

"Lockout" - Take the best punk riffs of the last five 80s Revelation LPs you listened to, multiply them by a hundred, add feedback, and you get "Lockout." Classic hardcore lyrics, with a new, philosophical approach that I'm totally digging. "Everyone's a little fucked, but you've got something different with you." It's not just hatred anymore, boys and girls, it's the anxiety of uncertainty. 1:02. End with feedback for a perfect combination.

"Leave" - Before I talk about how much ass this song kicks, let's talk about the intro. Some of the heaviest hardcore punk riffs I've ever heard in my life, with vocals reminiscent of bands like Youth Attack, soaked with vitriol and piss. Awesome. Then it's back to the roots with a faster, youth crew style verse. Sarcastic lyrics over feedback and half-time; shaken, not stirred. Sweet Christ. "You're so fucking critical, so tell me what I can't do. I'll shove this down your throat, envy breeds hate."

"Elders" - The most pleasantly uncharacteristic song on the album, and the second longest, this track kicks ass like Kids Like Us did on The 80s Are Dead (unlike the ass they didn't kick after that). Slow, heavy, and pissed. "Spoon fed poison ideas since birth." Adding in the darkest lead riff on the album, and the most menacing snare work I've heard since the mid-90s, Go Deep concludes this song with a warning: "Learn to accept."

Go Deep- Elders Music Video Official from Bon Duke on Vimeo.

"Bundle of Joy" - A beautiful social commentary on the lives of kids these days, and their trust fund drug habits, placed on top of groove-heavy palm-muted riffs and, what I can only imagine are, endless stagedives. This song is only 1:28; The last band to have a social commentary packed into such a short time like this was Gorilla Biscuits with their track "Degradation." "No consequences exist in your fucking life. It'll all catch up to you." Ending with a ceaselessly surprising sludge break and feedback. One of my favorite tracks on this album, as well as the past month.

"Enthusiast" - "It's just so fucking convenient." Addiction, shattering the lives of many, is the target of this track, and it's shown in a no-frills "scared straight" light, that could melt the heart of the heaviest drug user. "I can't imagine losing myself like that... You're dying for one more." Surprising though, was the ending of the album on one, dark, palm-muted note. However, I couldn't imagine a better ending. Fantastic.

You show me your favorite hardcore punk band, and I'll show you a better one. Go Deep is the past, present, and future of hardcore punk: combining the best elements, and scrapping the worst. This album, 7 tracks at around 11 minutes, is no-frills hardcore for true purveyors of the art. Combined with evocative artwork, and a beautifully dark underlying theme, this album is going to be framed on the walls of every true hardcore fan by the end of the year. This is an incredible album, and you're going to buy it.