Friday, February 22, 2013

LIBYAN HIT SQUAD / ROUND EYE – FULL CIRCLE LP

LIBYAN HIT SQUAD / ROUND EYE – FULL CIRCLE LP (Ripping) 
Hailing from Orlando, Florida Libyan Hit Squad combine 80s US hardcore with the complex sound of Nomeansno, Victims Family and Minutemen. When they play fast, straight and frantic hardcore, they're comparable with Flag Of Democracy or Dead Kenndedys on 45rpm. All six songs are super tight with plenty of variations. The titeltrack "Full Circle" features Greg Ginn (Black Flag) on lead-guitar. It's a instrumental number, heavily influenced by progressive rock and free-jazz. Not unlike Greg Ginn's latest releases with his The Taylor Texas Corrugators, even if the punk roots are apparent here. Round Eye from Shanghai are not any less unconventional and they are by far the best Chinese band I've ever heart of. They merge easy listening with Per Ubu style protopunk and the funky parts of Firehose and Minutemen to create their very own unique style of punk. Apart from X-Ray Spex, Round Eye are probably the only band, that uses a saxophone and it doesn't suck. Both bands on this split LP play a style of music, that sounds like a lost SST release from the mid 80s. So if you dig open-minded, experimental punk, you'll be digging Libyan Hit Squad and Round Eye. (Listen to it here)