TRAPPED UNDER ICE - "Stay Cold"
I listened to this over and over again tonight and it's hell of a record. The sound is comparable to early Sick of it All, Madball, Cro-Mags etc. That being said, the songwriting is very creative and the musicianship is top notch...which is rare for bands working within that framework. Every single song has at least one "oh Shit!!!" moment that makes you want to lose your shit and break something...and often times you don't even see it coming. The vocals are great...creative phrasing, tons of style and a controlled restrained frustration that you can't fake... no matter how hard a million suburban dorkwads may try. My favorite lyrical moments are as follows...
"I feel the worst things in my soul, and if I never make it home tonight the streets have swallowed me whole" from the song -HALF A PERSON
"because the cost of drugs outweighs, The supply of the jobs, and the minimum wage, and we still want more, murder in the streets of baltimore" from the song -STREET LIGHTS
The song STREET LIGHTS as a whole is lyrically great as a portrait of their crime and violence riddled city of Baltimore. I spent a month there a while back...so I was get visuals in my head throughout the song.
You guys now that I'm always listening to some weird shit and rarely go out of my way to recommend a hardcore records...so Go buy a copy of this one or go see em in a city near you. Their new LP "Secrets of the World" is coming out this summer.