It’s pretty safe to say that a bunch of regulars on this site grew up on DC bands of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. Bands like Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Jawbox, Hoover, Nation of Ulysses - these are pillars upon which music tastes, large post counts and cross country victories have been built. A holdover from the tail-end of the Revolution Summer days of DC hardcore that eventually saw a release in 1990 on the Guy Picciotto-run Dischord sublabel Peterbilt, Rain’s La Vache Qui Rit EP isn’t as celebrated as anything the previously mentioned bands did but remains a minor classic within the Dischord canon. The heavy influence they take from hometown luminaries like RoS, One Last Wish and Embrace is obvious in both the music and the vocals (one of these guys is a dead ringer for Picciotto at certain points) but the best songs on this EP “Snakeout” “Rivers”, “That Time of the Year” wring such melodic and life affirming qualities out of their two guitar/vocalist attack that any derivativeness can be overlooked along with the borderline ***ty “Around This Axis.” Any budding masters of post-hardcore out there should pick this one up.
haha I signed into sputnik at the perfect moment to see this review
but yeah I generally agree on this album -- it's definitely great even though it isn't as spectacular as the others in that list, I don't really listen to it much for that reason (not at all anymore, really)
yeah today was probably the first proper listen i've given it in a couple of years but i thought it held up well. fugazi are actually the only band out of that list i still listen to on a fairly regular basis but i'm always gonna have a soft spot for all that stuff