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Channel 1

Channel 1 – Groundwork

A few days ago i mentioned i had signed up for some mixtape (CD) trade, and that i was going into it blindly with no estimation of what my recipient’s tastes were. Almost. One of them does have the username “laceratedsky” so i’ve used that as a sign he is into metal, and have let myself go in putting their mix together using that knowledge and the little grasp of metal i have. What do i know of metal? It’s mostly hardcore. This song is on there. I know they’re going to hate it. I know it’s going to sound amateurish and insufficient the way all metal people think punk music is. Negotiating the invisible but palpable line between punk and every(guitar)thing else, standing on and valuing the wrong side. I don’t get it.

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Hungry

Hungry – Groundwork

Just how many bands from Tucson, Arizona are there? Hardcore bands, circa 1991-1994, i mean. It’s just i can’t think of another band they would have played hometown shows with – another band from a scene they were undoubtedly kings of. Come to think of it, i’ve never even a flyer for a Tucson show with Groundwork on the bill. And i look at flyers, from shows i could never have hoped then, now or ever to go to, a lot. It’s always them at New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, or at one of the countless fests the 90’s held. They must have played locally. You can’t spend forever on the road, away from home. You can’t not have yourself a home, then not treat it as such.

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Channel 1

Channel 1 – Groundwork

Somethings you realise for yourself, others you’re given. This was a gift. Alex played this song – specifically this song, and specifically for the breakdown at the end – at his house some weeks ago. I had heard Groundwork before, but i still hadn’t penetrated them. They existed as some chaotic, ungraspable mess of noise, no matter how hard i tried to sit down with them, no matter how crucial their chapter in Burning Fight made them out to be. Groundwork filed in with every other mid 90’s heavy hardcore band i can’t distinguish between. The breakdown at the end came on (dun dun-dun-dun! da-da-da!) and the band opened to me instantly. I went home, put on my copy… I love this band.

I’m no expert on heavy music, nor do i pedestal the breakdown. I’ve not made lists or youtube videos charting the MOST BRUTAL EPIC BABY KICKING BREAKDOWNS EVER. I’m not sure if this even constitutes a breakdown. However, if i ever were to, the last 30 seconds of this song would place number one. The pinnacle of music compelling involuntary, frenzied, hurtling, exorcising, body clutching spasms, in my scope and opinion.

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