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LONG KNIFE - Curb Stomp Earth Lp

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From Sorry State page : Long Knife: Curb Stomp Earth 12” (Beach Impediment Records) In case you aren’t familiar with Long Knife, they began their life in Portland around a decade ago, and while they were an excellent, powerful hardcore band from the beginning, they were perhaps most notable for how much they sounded like Poison Idea. While there’s still some Poison Idea in the equation on Curb Stomp Earth, it’s the wide-vista’d, pop-inflected Poison Idea of Feel the Darkness rather than the earlier hardcore stuff. It sounds like, with Curb Stomp Earth, Long Knife has thrown off any preconceptions about what their music can or should be and let their creativity run wild, arriving at a real masterpiece of a punk record. There are so many moments on this record I never would have seen coming… the grandiose opening track “Modern Fatigue” (which features a choir!), the boogie woogie saxophone on “Uncle Phil,” the spooky organ hooks on “Scum,” and the anthemic finish to the album-closer “Coast to Coast.” Not only are these moments causes for a stoke attack in and of themselves, but they sit atop a solid plinth of the fist-pumping, straightforward hardcore Long Knife has always excelled at creating. It’s one thing to create an album full of left turns that keeps you guessing about what’s coming next, and another to create a surprise-packed album that’s just as exciting on the 10th listen as the first. Curb Stomp Earth achieves that goal, and it’s undoubtedly one of the most exciting and invigorating punk albums we’ll hear this year.

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