Pg. 99
Document #3


3.5
great

Review

by Brendan M. USER (38 Reviews)
November 9th, 2014 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pg. 99 continue to improve both their production and their chaos, while another band plays next to them.

When it comes to DIY punk rock in the 90s, the screamo scene of bands such as Pg. 99, Saetia, City of Caterpillar, Orchid, and countless others is probably the best example of bands simply doing it for themselves. None of these bands were destined to be successful, but they all knew this equally well and simply made music that they thought was good. Pg. 99 is of course one of the flagship bands in this genre, since they really are everything the genre should’ve been. They included tons of people in their band, their lyrics were always honest, their sound dark as hell, and their approach was punk in every way. They occasionally offended any outsider to their scene, they put out a ton of material, and every album of theirs has something interesting to offer. Today on the table, we have Document #3; a mess of emotion, filth, and brutal honesty.

Right from the get-go, you can tell that Pg. 99 are maturing ever-so slightly into their masterpieces that came later in their career. For a basic overview, their early stuff was more traditionally hardcore, their middle material was getting more and more grind-influenced, they found the balance on two of their LPs (Documents #5 and 8), then they got really weird near the end of their run. Document #3 shows them improving on almost all fronts from the release that came right before it, the aptly titled Document #2. This time their songs are generally faster, their structures are more chaotic, and some experimentation is thrown in. For both bands on the split, 3/4 of the songs start with samples for example. The Pg. 99 side is far more interesting though since the production is slightly better, the songwriting is certainly better, and Reactor seems to be far more traditional when it comes to hardcore. To top things off, the Reactor side completely lacks bass frequencies. But, that’s pretty DIY I guess.

If you really needed to sum up Document #3 in a few words, it would simply be “very solid”. Neither band breaks much new ground, but Pg. 99 in particular improves while Reactor No. 7 is sort of just... there. There is certainly a ton of emotion behind Pg. 99’s side, but the production prevents it a tiny bit. Reactor’s production is very poor, but they come off as your run-of-the-mill hardcore band anyway so there’s not much you’re missing out on anyway. This is really only essential to hardcore fans of either band, but Pg. 99’s side is definitely the superior one; passion.



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BMDrummer
November 9th 2014


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

felt like reviewing this short ep real quick since it's good, and wow another 3 paragraph bmd review

Digging: Fugazi - First Demo

YakNips
November 9th 2014


12813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loving the attention this band is getting recently

Digging: Black James Franco - Sun House

BMDrummer
November 9th 2014


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's probably my fault haha, but fuck man i realized like last month just how much i love this kind of music

Supercoolguy64
November 9th 2014


2252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

reactor no.7 were a pretty weird band, like they would dress up as aliens and robots during live shows. It's really annoying how their side lacks any bass.





also good rev lel

Digging: Reactor No.7 - Discography

YakNips
November 9th 2014


12813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this band is incredible and inspiring

BMDrummer
November 9th 2014


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i recently read the liner notes to document #8 and it only reinforced my love for this band, plus their discog is so fascinating as it goes along

Supercoolguy64
November 9th 2014


2252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

fun fact: one of the singers (forgot which one lol) actually did like 90% of pg.99 album art

YakNips
November 9th 2014


12813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're thinking of chris taylor

him and his brother mike were the main members

Supercoolguy64
November 9th 2014


2252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah that's it! I think Blake Midgette is a comedian now or something

YakNips
November 9th 2014


12813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol jayson green has done some stand-up so i guess i wouldn't be surprised

also reactor no.7 side of this is fucking amazing

Supercoolguy64
November 9th 2014


2252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it would be IF IT HAD ANY BASS AKRFNKJFKJSJDA

BMDrummer
November 9th 2014


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk it didn't go far beyond good to me, plus you know the production sucks

YakNips
November 9th 2014


12813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lack of bass doesn't really bother me

production is raw and awesome

Supercoolguy64
November 9th 2014


2252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

They have a discog CD, which is weird since the only thing you're able to find when looking them up is this split

BMDrummer
November 9th 2014


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that reminds me, i found copies of pg. 99's singles comp on wax for $18 with shipping oh bb

Frippertronics
November 9th 2014


1556 Comments


nice so me proofreading it apparently wasn't even worth it?

pos tho.

Supercoolguy64
November 9th 2014


2252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

$18 for wax ain't that bad, you lucky bastard


BMDrummer
November 9th 2014


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sorry fripp i'm not patient at all with this stuff lol

Frippertronics
November 9th 2014


1556 Comments


you posted it like ten minutes ago talk about trigger discipline

BMDrummer
November 9th 2014


9452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well sry gonna fix now



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