Fugazi - Repeater + 3 Songs
 

Fugazi is one of the few American bands around today that exists on the edge of popularity but remain in the shadow of obscurity. Not only that, but they're also one of the few that manages to retain a completely unique sound. "Repeater" was one of their first albums, and this newer CD version has their exceptional EP "3 Songs" tacked onto the end for an extended sampling of their powerful music.

Fugazi is something that you've never quite heard anything like before. Singers/guitarists Ian Mackaye and Guy Picciotto complement each other perfectly with their unique blend of melodies and chord bashing. The listener also becomes aware of the fact that they each have a distinct vocal style, as they switch off to sing various tracks. Joe Lally is an exceptional bassist, and Brendan Canty seems to play the most complicated arrangements quite easily. All veterans of the DC hardcore scene, the members manage to play punk-like material, but with more seriousness and sophistication than any run-of-the-mill hardcore band could ever manage.

Each song on this this CD is great in one way or another. Some tracks are outright grinding, like "Turnover", which is a great opener, "Styrofoam", with a vicious guitar attack in the chorus, and "Repeater" which is based around an extremely catchy melody. There's also a few great instrumental tracks, "Brendan #1" and "Joe #1", which exhibit Fugazi's excellent musicianship and interesting arrangements.

If you're looking for hardcore punk, don't expect it from these guys. While the band incorporates many punk elements into their lifestyles and music, their sound is definitely not as one-dimensional, and can't really be accurately classified as anything in particular. As Fugazi continually chooses to avoid anything having to do with the mainstream media, you can still expect any one of their albums to be great. They have more skill and experience than any popular band today, and you can take pride in listening to an excellent band that not many people know about.

   
 
 
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Tracks:
1. Turnover
2. Repeater
3. Brendan #1
4. Merchandise
5. Blueprint
6. Sieve-Fisted Find
7. Greed
8. Two Beats Off
9. Styrofoam
10. Reprovisional
11. Shut the Door
12. Song #1
13. Joe #1
14. Break-In

Written by: Tosh

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