Sounds Like: A "Hulk smash" to white supremacy
For Fans of: Fucked Up, Negative Approach, Bad Brains
Why You Should Pay Attention: There is a new wave of D.C. hardcore – referred to as NWODCHC, which NPR confirms is a real acronym – and Pure Disgust is at the helm. Formed by a group of teens in 2013, the band's self-titled debut offers a crash course in Eighties hardcore, from the gnarly buildups of British punks like Blitz to the boot-stomping righteousness of Dischord's founders. Yet, whereas Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye wrote "Guilty of Being White" from his experience in majority-black D.C. schools, frontman Rob Watson writes of being black at those same schools in "Pipeline": "School to prison/Raised to fail/How do you escape/The poverty that you're in?" Although Watson asserts his songs are driven more by personal experience than political protest, he speaks uncompromisingly, through gritted teeth, to the harrowing position of being a hyper-criminalized black youth in the United States. Perhaps in homage to their D.C. punk predecessors, Bad Brains, the cover of Pure Disgust's new album illustrates bombs raining down on the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
They Say: Regarding D.C. punk legends who got their starts in the 1980s, "They're mythologized to the outsiders of the city," says 23-year-old Watson. "Like, Alec MacKaye [of the Faith] comes to shows semi-regularly and it's no big deal for us. We all try really hard to be as inclusive as possible. The bands that are coming up and are a part of the [New Wave] are amazing and spectacular. ... Stand Off, Red Death, Protester, Kombat, Guilt Parade, Genocide Pact, Stuck Pigs, and every other project that's about to come out. I'm excited to be a part of that."
Hear for Yourself: Guitarist Ace Mendoza slinks into "White Silence" with some tidy, retro licks before stirring up a gyre of thrashy mayhem corralled by drummer Robin Zeijlon. Suzy Exposito