Welcome To The Homeland, Greetings From The Wasteland
RIYL: Reagan Youth; crusty hardcore; running through walls
The new EP from Halifax-based hardcore band Misanthropic Minds is a delightful blast of lo-fi punk. It counts five tracks that together clock in under 10 minutes, and the brevity is welcome: attention spans are shot and catharsis is rare, and Welcome To The Homeland, Greetings From The Wasteland is a sludgy salve for both of those conditions.
Opener “Silver Spoons & Silverfish” is a rampaging double-time slice of classic hardcore, while “The Homeland” sweeps in on a Pixies bassline and temporarily-restrained heartrate. “Fascist Frat,” at 63 seconds, is the EP’s shortest and most brutal track, a pure, eye-bulging sprint. The EP is remarkably clean given its chaos and aesthetics; guitar work is mucky but defined and the drums on closer “Kill Hubtown” suggest that the most impressive percussionists of the moment are cutting records in their garages with friends.
Joining recent releases from Booji Boys, Abraxas, and Warsh, Welcome To The Homeland, Greetings From The Wasteland registers another ephemeral and thoroughly loveable entry from the East Coast’s prolific hardcore community.
– Luke Ottenhof