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What I like about Washington DC

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Repeater + 3 Songs
Repeater + 3 Songs
"Distorted, minimalist, edgy, explosive. A semi-reggae rhythm section and chords no one else uses."
The Argument
The Argument
"Their most recent (and possibly their last) album could well be their best. More complex and melodic than Repeater."
I Against I
I Against I
"Now based in New York, they used to live in DC. Consummate musicianship that fuses hardcore and reggae to produce great abrasive melodies. A classic."
Quickness
Quickness
"A bit slower than I Against I, Quickness anticipates rap-rock, Faith No More and such like. Powerful and soulful."
Hot Fast Union
Hot Fast Union
"As elegant as post-hardcore gets. Like At the Drive-In without the awkward bits."
POLYMER
POLYMER
"On the boundary between hardcore and indie rock. Great interplay between acerbic and melodic guitars; hardcore-style guitar breaks and a new wave feel. Stylish and elegant."
House Of
House Of
"Slinky post-hardcore with two bass players and industrial influences. They too relocated from DC to New York."
You Can't Fight What You Can't See
You Can't Fight What You Can't See
"More of the same, plus a track with a Velvet Underground vibe."
Pony Express Record
Pony Express Record
"Very complex rock, with frequently jazz-tinged, stop-start guitars, lots of tempo changes and a boyish voice. Persevere and you will detect some very good melodies."
Bipartite
Bipartite
"OK, this is a bit tenuous, as the band are from Barcelona (!) However, Washingtonian J Robbins (see below) produces. Oh yeah, the sound: Fugazi meet AC/DC!"
Mission: Control!
Mission: Control!
"Fresh, melodic, abrasive post-punk, with odd rhythms. J Robbins sings (his voice is excellent) and produces here. Overall, like a heavier XTC."
Identikit
Identikit
"More complex than Mission: Control; J Robbins loves to look beyond the usual punk rhythms."
Polymer
Polymer
"From the same recording sessions as No. 5 (above) and just as good."
Open
Open
"Band formed by J Robbins after Burning Airlines split. This record is a bit less abrasive than BA's output, but otherwise similar."