Drain – “California Cursed” LP
Based in Santa Cruz, California – the same town that over the decades has given us Bl’ast! and Good Riddance (and, um, the Lost Boys movie) – Drain’s approach to hardcore punk is to pummel you with metallic riffs and hard-rocking beats, fronted by expressive vocals from a singer who sounds pretty live-wired. There’s a touch of East Coast hardcore, old and new (Judge, Cro-Mags, Trapped Under Ice, Incendiary), with Californian angst and an athletic bounce (Rotting Out, Hands Of God, Gulch, and back in time: Excel, Suicidal Tendencies, Attitude Adjustment). Serious intent, with a hard-edged crunch factor, this is also an album that, because of its sheer physical exhilaration, is a triumphant celebration of hard-rocking power. Great fun. This is the second press, stickered as ‘color vinyl’ – it should be yellow.