LACE – “Human Condition” LP
Outsider hardcore fury from Houston, Texas. With the aid of reverb-drenched distortion, feedback and dischordance, this debut vinyl release dishes out plenty of speed, volume and autistic rage. And it’s original, too. Moments remind me of Bad Breeding, other aspects carry echoes of many hardcore bands – Talk Is Poison, From Ashes Rise, Vaaska, Glue, Criminal Code – but without sounding exactly like any of them. Imagine if Converge did post-punk… (But in the early-Sonic Youth sense of the term post-punk). These guys have opened for Drop Dead, and they’ve also opened for Protomartyr… and that, weirdly, makes total sense.