early as '79, the Bad Brains were hard at work on developing
into the greatest hardcore band ever. Recorded in one
day at Don Zientara's Inner Ear Studios, Black Dots
contains the earliest released material from the legendary
DC punks. These recordings are obviously slower than
the later ROIR cassette and Rock For Light, but
one should keep in mind the fact that hardcore hadn't
seen much exposure on the east coast at this time. Bad
Brains would become the pioneering group of the genre
in the region, introducing ferocious speed and incindiary
technique into the music. All other punk bands paled
in comparison, and soon every band coming out of DC
was trying to sound like the Bad Brains.
of the staples are here, just in earlier form: "Don't
Need It," "Pay to Cum," "Supertouch,"
"Banned in DC," "How Low Can a Punk Get,"
and "Attitude." There's some dub in the form
of "The Man Won't Annoy Ya," and the Sex Pistolish
"Redbone in the City." And then there's some
rarities like "At the Atlantis," "Just
Another Damn Song," and others. HR is coming in
to his own at this point, while Dr. Know and the rest
of the band are developing into a tight, proficient
punk rock unit.
mentioned earlier, the songs are definitely slower than
their later incarnations. They also suffer slightly
from sub-par recording quality, seeing as how they were
recorded in one take in Inner Ear's backyard. Despite
these downfalls however, Black Dots is essential
for fans of the Brains, DC hardcore, and punk in general.