Minor Threat
First Two 7"s


4.5
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Review

by Bloon CONTRIBUTOR (85 Reviews)
October 1st, 2017 | 28 replies


Release Date: 07/16/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of punk’s quintessential releases, full of youthful angst.

Although some may not enjoy the short lived group known as Minor Threat, it is nearly impossible to deny them of their influence. Their approach to recording, writing, performing, and promoting paved the way for thousands of punk bands to come after their breakup in 1983. The group also furthered and created many ideals and movements, such as strengthening the presence of D.I.Y. in hardcore punk and inadvertently started the Straight Edge movement, which involves abstinence from drugs and sex. So, in a copious amount of ways, the ragtag group shook the very ground of the punk scene and melded the shape of the genre in their own image, whether or not it was intentional. A coalition of this magnitude must be backed up by some impressive releases, even if the group was together for a small amount of time. Two of these were ambitious EPs, named Minor Threat and In My Eyes, and they served as a launchpad into infamy and a basis for their acclaim.

Later compiled into a release titled First Two Seven Inches, these two forays into hardcore punk gained a large amount of traction, as they showcased an astonishingly youthful spirit. While these songs were quite simple in their writing, Minor Threat used their homemade aesthetic and their sloppy style to make vigorous and sonically engaging noise. The intriguing uses of production added to the vibrancy of the releases, shown on tracks like “Steppin’ Stone” and “12XU.” The cacophony puts an emphasis on the aggressive performances, with more importance being placed on the abrasively frayed tone and violent hooks, rather than having focus on elaborate compositions. After all, why attempt to add a bark when the bite is so vicious" The band takes this rhetorical question and uses it as their motto and their life blood. This mantra is also reflected in the lyrics, which are angry depictions of what the band sees as society’s and humanity’s flaws, like on songs like “Small Man, Big Mouth” and “Bottled Violence.” At their worst, however, these lines can come off as self-righteous, like on “Out of Step - With the World,” or extremely questionable, like on the racially themed “Guilty of Being White,” the latter track seeming ambivalent towards the hardships of minority groups. These lyrical low points aren’t prevalent, but are still noticeable.

Even with lyrics that are questionable in places and an extreme rawness in sound, Minor Threat’s introduction to the world hits the listener from beginning to end with ingeniously heavy punk grooves. The flaws these two EPs contain are cascaded by some of the early 80’s most infectious punk jams. In addition to the quality of the output on these releases, Minor Threat also benefits from aging better than some of their contemporaries and the sheer size of their influence. The approach to low fidelity recording, vehement inflections, sloppy playing, and all around knife-like sound can be heard all throughout hardcore punk. Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20 in this instance, as this was also somewhat of a landmark release in pretentious lyricism and the birthplace of the straight edge movement, which has become associated with the lowest of punk fans, even by the band itself. Regardless, whatever gripes one could have with aspects of this record and what its caused are easily overshadowed by its importance and its outstanding music



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2017


1901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listen here, if you somehow haven't: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m0gOOlN-_eo

Superb stuff

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2017


1901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay so sput shit the bed on this one...

I have no clue how this happened.

Papa Universe
October 1st 2017


18102 Comments


wait for the mods I s'pose

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Ryus
October 1st 2017


16556 Comments


probably my favorite 80s punk release. nice one bloony

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2017


1901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 1st 2017


28373 Comments


fix'd
you created a new album for one that already existed in the database

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2017


1901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@sowing i just chose the album off the menu...

EIther way, thanks!!!

ianblxdsoe
October 1st 2017


1896 Comments


definitely appreciate the confidence you display in this review, definitely aids your point and makes your points feel fuller. definitely one of your better reviews vro pos

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2017


1901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks vroski

Satellite
October 1st 2017


25827 Comments


love your reviews man

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2017


1901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks my dude

brainmelter
October 1st 2017


5998 Comments


this is essential. nice choice in reviews btw bloon
I see u

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Evok
October 1st 2017


7589 Comments


Straight edge lmao

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Supercoolguy64
October 1st 2017


8645 Comments


the only straight edge i need is a ruler for school

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Satellite
October 1st 2017


25827 Comments


fun band to get fucked up to tbh

sry ian

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2017


2610 Comments


Great review, Bloon. " “Guilty of Being White.” The latter track seeming ambivalent towards the hardships of minority groups." - is the full stop intended to act as a comma? Otherwise the fragment doesn't quite work.

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Evok
October 1st 2017


7589 Comments


I'm seldom straight, or on edge. Unrelatable/5. Good review tho so pos'd

Dedes
October 1st 2017


5903 Comments


As usual you review was stellar. I like how you have carved your own distinctive writing style. 9/10 times I can read the summary and guess it is a bloon review.

someguest
October 1st 2017


29865 Comments


straight edge is like communism

a utopia or ideal on paper only

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2017


1901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks bois



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