Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Really Red "Teaching You the Fear' "The Complete Collection 1979-1985"


(Alternative Tentacles, 2015) This is not the first band you think of when the subject of early Texas punk comes up, but maybe they should be. From the late 70s til the mid 90s (as documented in this thorough discography reissue/excavation) this band made political, driving, original punk that somehow got better every year (a near impossibility in punk). From bashing proto-hardcore, to post punk, to proto-emo, this band starts off oddly smart and mature and just refines without getting boring. I really only knew them from being on an Alternative Tentacles comp in the 80s, so good on Jello for bringing this all home like this.

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