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Public Access: HindsightHindsight (2008)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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Public Access was never a truly remarkable band, nor have they established any sort of ska-punk legacy like their influences or vastly more popular peers. However, for an essentially local act that produced mostly DIY releases, they certainly wrote and recorded some decent and fun tunes. Their fa.


Public Access was never a truly remarkable band, nor have they established any sort of ska-punk legacy like their influences or vastly more popular peers. However, for an essentially local act that produced mostly DIY releases, they certainly wrote and recorded some decent and fun tunes.

Their farewell release comes in the form of the 12-minute Hindsight EP, which gives ska-punk songs a hardcore flair, yet without any obvious similarities to a certain defunct band that arguably mastered such a thing. "O'Reilly" finds Chris Jordan barking like he's at an Agnostic Front show, but is then countered with a more melodic, goofy bandmate. All the while is a romping horn section and riffs that switch from heavy strokes to straightforward fast tempo-setting. "Tied to a Tree" also finds mild success in giving the listener both ska-punk and hardcore-oriented sections -- you'll definitely want to join in the aggressive shouts of "chain me down, shut me out!." "Raining Blood" replicates Slayer's familiar guitar riff into a horn line and integrates punishing, brass-addled breakdown guitars. Granted it sounds outright silly, but Public Access found a way to kinda make it work.

Maybe Public Access would have never found much success with a full-length, but Hindsight proved that in short bursts, you could bring the humor of one genre to another and flaunt both styles in capable means. And hey, it's free.

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Alien (April 19, 2008)

God Save the Scene is a sweet song.

this is not a bad ep.

Hey_ska (April 15, 2008)

I totally agree with the first sentence of the review. I'm a fucking huge skahead and i just heard about these guys. But maybe that means i'm not such a hot shot skaboy after all.

tomscahilliv (April 15, 2008)

I love this band, and this is a damn good ep. Fleeced is probably better, but Hindsight is way more pissed off and politically charged, and I like that. They will be sorely missed by this guy.

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