Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Living Laser hail from the Hudson Valley area of New York, and are bringing forth a sound reminiscent of early hardcore bands like Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag.  The "Ragged Glory" cassette released by Trip Machine Laboratories has seven songs of short, fast and sometimes manic hardcore.  Astral Plane opens the tape up with succinct blast of power chords and the familiar 80s hardcore drum beat heard throughout the Minor Threat discography.  Although the pace of the music is kept fast throughout a lot of the songs, Living Laser also have a great knack for slowing things down in a way that reminds me of  the great Bl'ast!, with thick power chords acting as a fulcrum point between the songs more crazed segments.  If you're like me, and you think Bad Brains would have been a good band if they hadn't wasted so much time on their reggae parts, you'll probably love this tape.
Head on over to Trip Machine Laboratories and pick up a copy, which is now in its second press (with digital download included), and keep your eyes peeled for a 7" soon on TML as well.

Living Laser from Dylan Kaplowitz on Vimeo.