This song appeared on the 2009 Rocky Mountain Low compilation released by Hyperpycnal Records. The compilation features a slew of rad, ultra-obscure punk and proto-punk ditties from late 1970s Colorado — hardly considered an epicenter of punk, unlike New York, London, and LA. So obscure is the music on this compilation that most of it can’t be found anywhere on the internet… but fortunately, this jam is present, at least for now. Angular, melodic pop punk, as neat and orderly as a freshly-manufactured cardboard box. “Class, today instead of going to the box factory, we’re going to the… box factory.” – Principal Seymour Skinner
This chord progression, and the ominous growling synth rendering it, is super interesting. I love the reverby drums, too… this could totally find its way into a house “mixtape.” I use the quotes because tape is a dead medium. People who buy cassettes are zombies.
Pure 1985 melodic DC thrash, in some random living room, with the legendary Dave Grohl on drums. He’s only 16 years old here and is 100% in the hardcore pocket. Punk creds confirmed. I wonder if the song they play was ever even recorded/released? Siri, what isn’t punk?
So rad, channelling the essence of 80s John Carpenter / B-movie soundtracks, which in turn influenced Duke Nukem 3D’s soundtrack in the 90s, and now comes full circle. Come. Have some!
RIP Johann Johannsson