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Project X: Straight Edge Revenge [reissue]Straight Edge Revenge [reissue] (2005)
Bridge Nine Records

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Instant classics are few and far between in the world of hardcore. There's so much standardized material being pumped out daily, it takes more than just some fast power chords and angsty shouts to rise above the heap. For side projects, such well-received releases are even less frequent, as they're .
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Instant classics are few and far between in the world of hardcore. There's so much standardized material being pumped out daily, it takes more than just some fast power chords and angsty shouts to rise above the heap. For side projects, such well-received releases are even less frequent, as they're usually overlooked in favor of the big-name titles of their collective effort. But for every rule, there is an exception. And the aptly named Project X is that exception.

Formed out of the sheer necessity of releasing music to accompany their zine, Schism, John Porcelly (Youth of Today, Judge) and Alex Brown (Side by Side, Gorilla Biscuits) assembled fellow bandmates Walter Schreifels and Sammy Siegler to record the seven-inch and ended up playing some shows in the late `80s.

Side one belongs to "Straight Edge Revenge," quite possibly the most celebrated straight-edge anthem this side of anything by Minor Threat. With its over-the-top militant lyrics and brooding chromatic bassline, the uncompromising assault served as the centerpiece of an already exceptional EP and the battle cry of a reignited straight-edge movement. The band doesn't use straight-edge as a lyrical crutch, however, as the next tune, "Shutdown," chronicles Youth of Today being banned from CBGB for encouraging stagediving, while the eight-second "Cross Me" lands its lyrical punch squarely at its enemy: "You've talked your shit for the last time / Now you'll fucking get it / Cross me!" "Dance Floor Justice" launches from a simple bass pattern on a start-and-stop time signature to a furious onslaught of shouts and break-neck rhythms, while "Where It Ends" builds slowly and only erupts periodically in between a more measured composition as the EP's longest single track at 2:17.

Initially pressed as a limited run of 500 and sold at shows, copies were extremely hard to find before its fortunate re-release by Bridge 9 in 2005. With the re-release comes a bonus track tacked on at the end, which offers a nice live glimpse of such a short-lived band. Recorded in 1988 at the Anthrax club in Connecticut, the extra track pairs "Dance Floor Justice" with a band/audience collaboration on "Cross Me."

In between songs on the bonus live track, the band can be heard saying "We only have two more songs, because that's all we know…because we're not really a real band." Even if they didn't consider themselves a real band, however, this EP is a real classic.

 

 
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UnderTheJRose (July 12, 2013)

Straight Edge Revenge is my favorite hardcore song. X's up

24HourPriapism (February 12, 2009)

xJud Judx > pretty much everything else.

IReviewMusic (February 12, 2009)

Score is for Schism. That zine was a labor of DIY love and it was only better for the fact it never took itself too seriously.

negicore (February 11, 2009)

This was a comedy record? I that was Crucial Youth???

Seriously though, this record has held up pretty well over time....And I love to play Straight Edge Revenge when I am DJing...and yes that is at a bar!!!

skankin_in_the_pit (February 11, 2009)

If I'm gonna listen to straight edge hardcore it'll be VITAMIN X instead of Project X. Especially since the latest LP has two rippers with John Brannon.

mattramone (February 11, 2009)

The best comedy record of the 80's!

Cos (February 10, 2009)

This has been available for awhile. I think Lost and Found has been pressing this for years. Not the most legal means, but its been out there.

LushJ (February 10, 2009)

P.S.- While the original is scarce, there've been many bootlegged versions both on 7-inch & on cd in the 2 decades since this came out. What's funny is that people would cram into clubs to see this 2-show, 4-song band play live now.

LushJ (February 10, 2009)

This 7"/cdep proves once and for all that straight edgers can have a sense of humor, and that it's most wicked when it's directed at themselves. It was over the top at the time, & from what I remember it was presented as a piss-take on the super-serious aspects of their scene... even though YOT (among others) often took themselves pretty darn seriously.

Think a 4 song, more succinct, more subtle Crucial Youth. Okay, a LOT more subtle! "Straight Edge Revenge" is pretty much a perfect NYHC song.

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