Undertow were a Seattle Straightedge band who released a number of 7′ EP’s (Including splits with Resolution and Struggle.) and a sole LP in the early 90’s and 2,000’s. Their overall sound reflected that of many of the bands Hardcore bands of the time as well as the ones on the rosters of the label who released this material. (Indecision Records) Undertow became very influential in the Seattle Hardcore scene at a time when Grunge had captured the attention of millions. The bands sound was a heavy mix of Metallic Hardcore with dark rhythms. TheirThe 2XLP comes in a gatefold cover that opens up to some excellent live photos of the band. There is also an inlet sporting lyrics to each and every song. An interesting side note worth mention is while this is advertised to feature colored vinyl. Only one of the two LP’s features the color blue. With the other being on the traditional black color. (Black is a color, right?) A possible mistake that gave this collection an oddball quality. As for the music, this was, like many metal core bands of the era, unappealing to me. Please note before buying that this does not feature a download card. J.D.
While I’ve always loved getting stickers from bands, fanzines and record labels. I’ve never really known what the hell to do with them. Having stopped putting them on my spiral notebooks in the 8th grade and the fact that I’m not quite the vandal I was in High School. I find myself accumulating them in boxes throughout my home.
Add to it my inability to ever let go of anything, (Jeez, I still have the notes Jessica passed to me in 8th grade English class.) my small collection keeps growing with each show and package of records I receive from my favorite distributor. Suddenly, I started doing the math and began putting the stickers together with cardboard record mailers and my overabundance of record sleeves and came up with a great third grade school project. Thus far, it’s been fun as well as a space clearer. Something I thought might be a regular feature here. As more stickers come in. More collages will be made and more cardboard lives can be saved. If you’d like your band, indie label, fanzine or podcast’s sticker included on our monthly board. Drop me a message and I’ll send you a proper address. In the meantime, I’ll ask RevHQ to stop sending stickers with my record order and just include extra records. Thanks, J.D. firstname.lastname@example.org