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In Defence

In Defence: Don't Know How to Break DanceDon't Know How to Break Dance (2007)
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Much like the internets, hardcore is serious business. Don't believe me? Just go to the MySpace pages of 1000 bands labelled hardcore and marvel at all the folded arms and stern looks. Still don't believe me? That's fine, but I'm warning you, my crew has my back. Yet, if you did want some evidence t.
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Much like the internets, hardcore is serious business. Don't believe me? Just go to the MySpace pages of 1000 bands labelled hardcore and marvel at all the folded arms and stern looks. Still don't believe me? That's fine, but I'm warning you, my crew has my back. Yet, if you did want some evidence to refute such claims look no further than Minnesota's In Defence. Their debut full-length Don't Know How to Break Dance is filled with a mixture of fast-paced `80s thrashy hardcore punk and `80s NYHC. While their songs are presented in a ultra-serious / pissed off fashion la Judge or Negative Approach, the content couldn't be further from serious with song titles like "Veronica Mars, Bringer of War."

Hardcore has a lot of parallels to aspects of life and cultures other people might not immediately recognize. For instance, hip-hop's seeming obsession with keeping it real or keeping it old-school, etc., can be seen as analogous to hardcore's obsessions with staying true and tradition and all that jazz. "Boombox Crew" seems to address this similarity by combing floor punch-inducing chugging riffs with lyrics like: "Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five / You know we're here to keep that tradition alive / We got some cassettes don't know how to break dance / Just looking real mean with our hard stance." If you've ever been to How's Your Edge you'll see folks listing their twelve Bane hoodies and the eight versions of the same Set Your Goals album or some such nonsense. To me this always reminded me of the over-commercialization of the comic book industry in the `90s with issues having a million different die-cut super embossed covers. In "No War But Star Wars" In Defence channels their own inner sci-fi / comic convention nerd into a raucous ode the to holy trilogy with a blistering quick solo and infectious gang vocal chant of "no war but Star Wars!" they make ridiculous into seriously good.

But I digress: The album isn't all breakdancing and Chewbacca. In Defence tackle some serious subjects as well, such as veganism. However, it might not be what you think; "I Eat Kids" is a hardcore interpolation of one of children's musician Berry Louis Polisar's songs -- you may have heard one of his songs in the opening credits to "Juno" (that's right, the ubiquitous pseudo-indie wunderkind has found its way into a hardcore punk review; if you don't like it, better watch your back because my crew has mine). The issue comes up again in what could be this generation's "Straight Edge" in the form "Get Mock!": "Get mock / get mock / get mock / get some mock duck / It tastes freakin' awesome / and it's not really duck / Get some mock duck." Beats the hell out of Earth Crisis' "Eden's Demise" if you ask me.

In a way, In Defence pay more respect to the hardcore of yesteryear than a ton of bands talking about staying true 'til death because they seem to recall that hardcore punks started out with a great sense of humour that seemingly succumbed to some smiling smear campaign. If you don't enjoy your music with a sarcastic tongue-in-cheek bent you'll probably hate this, but if you at least don't mind it and like `80s hardcore and NYHC you'll probably like this because the music plain rips.

 

 
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jackrabbitslimm (September 16, 2009)

When are we gonna see the review for the new album "Into The Sewer"? Its fucking awesome

tommytumult (May 30, 2008)

"my band is coming through on june 12 at the poison estate with GRUK. and i think half gorilla.
do you know anything about that place?"

Yeah, the Poison Estate is one of our punk houses in town. I've only been to a few shows there, and none recently, but the ones I've gone too have had a good number of people show up.

xkidxdynamitex (May 29, 2008)

"I was at the Madison show and thought about going down for the Milwaukee show since I live in Appleton but I think I had something else going on that night. The Madison show kicked ass and the best part was it was free."

oh yeah that was a free show. that would have been great. but there were like 12 bands playing in milwaukee. it was awesome.
so youre from Appleton eh? my band is coming through on june 12 at the poison estate with GRUK. and i think half gorilla.
do you know anything about that place?

branden (May 29, 2008)

haha those mock duck lyrics rule.

wallrock (May 28, 2008)

I was at the Madison show too. Hardcore isn't exactly my thing so I can't really say as to how In Defence (and Get Rad too) were, but I was under the impression that the lead singer of In Defence was pissed at the crowd for touching their gear. If I recall, he said "Fuck You, Fuck You..." repeatedly, started to leave, sang one last song and walked off before the rest of the band. Later on Paddy indicated that he was snorting cocaine and saying racist shit backstage and we all had a good laugh.

tommytumult (May 28, 2008)

"were you at the Millwaukee show or Madison? i was at the Millwaukee show and it was seriously awesome."

I was at the Madison show and thought about going down for the Milwaukee show since I live in Appleton but I think I had something else going on that night. The Madison show kicked ass and the best part was it was free.

bikeage (May 27, 2008)

sweet shit

douglas_is_rad (May 27, 2008)

I'll have to check this out. I LOVE not serious hardcore (except Good Clean Fun, for some reason...) and I LOVE GOT records... sounds like a solid combo.

GlassPipeMurder (May 27, 2008)

one of the best twin cities bands today.

xkidxdynamitex (May 27, 2008)

"Saw these guys open for Dillinger Four earlier this year and loved em. My buddy picked up this cd and I completely forgot about them. I may just borrow it from him for a refresher."

were you at the Millwaukee show or Madison? i was at the Millwaukee show and it was seriously awesome.

xkidxdynamitex (May 27, 2008)

i love everything these guys do.
not just because they are all my friends but because its awesome.
i was about to write a review for this but you beat me to it!

tommytumult (May 27, 2008)

Saw these guys open for Dillinger Four earlier this year and loved em. My buddy picked up this cd and I completely forgot about them. I may just borrow it from him for a refresher.

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