Monday, May 30, 2016

The Red Scare - "Capillary Lockdown"

This record contains eight tracks of spirited, gripping and somewhat melodic emotive hardcore, brought to you by four kids from Knoxville, Tennessee. In my estimation, this is one of the best emo records that came out in 1999. The Red Scare was pretty highly regarded fifteen years ago, but I feel they've fallen through the cracks of time a bit, which is why I've uploaded this for the folks who may have missed out on it when it was originally released. The recording that has been captured here is powerful yet at the same time crude, sharp and natural. This band has a style that occupies the middle ground between something straightforward and basic, such as Three Penny Opera, and a band that's a bit busier or technical, like Pennsylvania's Fields Lay Fallow.

This lp was the first of two by this band, and was the better effort in my opinion. It is a shining example of the quality *screamo* or whatever that was coming out at the tail end of the 20th century. Lots of the bands that were playing this type of stuff during this era hailed from either the Northeast or Midwestern parts of the United States, and it was good to see a band of this high caliber coming from the deep south. My favorite Red Scare record, by far. Other than these two full lengths, These dudes (and lady) released one 7", as well as a few splits with the likes of Orchid and Pankration.

These songs were recorded at Inner Ear Studios in suburban D.C. by Don Zientara, who has recorded tons of influential bands throughout the years, including Fugazi, John Frusciante, Burning Airlines, Frodus, 7 Seconds, Dag Nasty, Jawbox, Blue Tip, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Q And Not U, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.

Energetic, involving and from-the-heart hardcore. The vinyl was put forth via Hand Held Heart, and was later released on five inch disc form by Troubleman Unlimited.

Hand Held Heart #7.
The end.

1) Automate Insection
2) Device For Annihilation
3) Jetset
4) 12 Years Past
5) Post Meridan
6) Crushing Blows
7) Inertia / Distance To Empty

- darkness comes crashing down -

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