Wrong War – Fixed Against Forever [CREAM WHITE VINYL] – New LP
Chicago. Formed in late 2019, Wrong War is comprised of former members of Current, Ottawa, Calvary, The Phenoms, and Salvo Beta.
Dan, Dave, Matthias, Pat
Recorded and mixed by Michael Manthei at Eberly Studios, Fall 2020
Mastered at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL
Cover art by John Yates/Stealworks (@stealworks on IG)
Publicity by August Fortefirstname.lastname@example.org
"Wrong War capture the raw nature of early Hardcore Punk in a captivating manner. The band embody this thickly riffed chaos, spasmodically unloading in frustration to anyone that will listen. Think the early chaos of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks and then ply that with an aggravated and consistently fast tempo and along with some whirling melodic leads and you’ll arrive (un)safely within the band’s debut, Fixed Against Forever. However, as you settle, you’ll discover that you really haven’t without noticing the crucial maniacal nature the band borrow from the raw and comparatively more Melodic Hardcore and Post-Hardcore sound Rites Of Spring would lend the genre later in the timeline. Once you’ve melded with such an assault and relocated your ears to Chicago, you have FINALLY arrived at Fixed Against Forever. The band’s lead single and video ‘First Shot Misses’ was inspired by the attempts of the American Nazi party to disrupt the Chicago Pride Parade in 1982. The video showcases how the LGBTQ+ community, labour movements and ‘other purveyors and love, inclusion and justice came together in a show of unity to stop them’ and is a must-watch. Fixed Against Forever is nothing if not visceral and energetic true to the legacy of the exuberance of Punk-Rock. The band’s debut is a thrill ride of abrasive and warped Hardcore but doesn’t resign itself to such wholly. There are lashings of melodic strings throughout to break the cycle of dirge but also deviations in tempo. ‘All You Ever Knew’ opts for classic Punk grit, upbeat but still laden with conviction. ‘Escape Clause’ is another release-highlight where the band’s ferocity is perpetually cycling and alternating in further spasmodic jabs. However, it is the closing ‘We’re Through’ in its gritty Dag Nasty-esque warped Dischord melodies and leads contrasting the refined ‘core on offer that steals the show. Do yourself favour and indulge in some Wrong War below via Council Records."
"WRONG WAR is a new project from Chicago by a bunch of old dudes which, sonically, echoes of GIve Thanks-era ARTICLES OF FAITH in its ferocity and anger. Lyrically, it is a pointed assault on the darkness that surrounds us everyday – a cry out to resist and an encouragement not to give up. This is passionate, beautiful, pissed off and is easily one of my favorite releases of the year."
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