Negative Approach
Negative Approach


5.0
classic

Review

by WeepingBanana USER (20 Reviews)
January 10th, 2021 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


It's hard to add much more discourse to Negative Approach that hasn't already been ruminated over a million times in hundreds of the fanzines, blog posts, and the very minds of failures everywhere alike. Treading the line between overstatement and hackneyed writing, Negative Approach define American 80s hardcore to such an extent that conjuring "80s hardcore brute" in your mind will point you nearly perfectly in the right direction to John Brannon's vocal delivery, albeit certainly less immediate, severe, and convincing than the real thing. Belting out lines like "you try to make things work and gain something / it's all no use it's all worth nothing" are as catchy as they are boneheaded, and work on such a primal level. Anyone who's spent any time in the slime knows.

Before I undertake the embarrassing task of drawing a lofty lineage of who what and wheres among hardcore influencers and influencees, establishing a thorough taxonomy of airborne viruses found in scummy basements and VFW halls, connecting-red-yarn-on-cork-board style -- I mean have you heard what passes for a Die Kreuzen comparison nowadays??? -- I'll pose these questions as an objective notetaker, absolving myself of the aforementioned embarrassment. Does "Why Be Something That You're Not" not sound like the alcoholic father of basically every Crossed Out riff? Does "Lead Song" not sound like it would sit comfortably between your favorite Gravity Records offerings? Have hundreds of bands in the past few years alone not thrown out the idea of covering "Ready To Fight" even just for a night? It's hard not to ask these questions of a band so clairvoyant as Negative Approach. Their filth has trickled down so steadily for the better part of four decades that they're virtually synonymous with North American DIY punk, for better or for worse.

I'll just finish by saying still, to this day, after hundreds if not thousands of listens, it leaves me wondering how such a trajectory can be wrought from this 9 minute recording. The first seconds spell disaster. It sounds like it's gonna fall apart before it even starts, yet they always find themselves at the end of the record, shouting their name into the void, chiseling away at the basement walls of your mind, inspiring dead-eyed dweebs to write contrived and unhelpful -- oh hell, just listen and find out.



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WeepingBanana
January 10th 2021


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sorry about this

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


>Deep Wound Deep Wound
>Siege Drop Dead
>the alcoholic father of basically every Crossed Out riff

is this really that intense?

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

WeepingBanana
January 10th 2021


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if you like deep wound and siege i'm honestly amazed you haven't heard this

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


i might have but it would hav ebeen a long time ago as with most things

WeepingBanana
January 10th 2021


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

word well it's never a bad time to jam this



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weGJ1kfUkkA

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


pos'd btw u should review more

WeepingBanana
January 10th 2021


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks! i very much crapped this out in like 20 min which is pretty much the only way i can see myself writing these days

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


god i know that feel hard

GhandhiLion
January 10th 2021


9904 Comments


>is this really that intense?
no, it's more trad hardcore than proto grind


Digging: King Snake Roost - Things That Play Themselves

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


yeah tahts how i feel so far but its cool

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


a few bits here and there are probably on par with dirty rotten ep at least

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


bump

GhandhiLion
January 10th 2021


9904 Comments


Check You Can't Pray a Lie

parksungjoon
January 10th 2021


25690 Comments


eventually TM

WeepingBanana
January 10th 2021


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Tbh I can’t really get into Laughing Hyenas or Easy Action

kkarron
January 10th 2021


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, finally this gets a review. Brilliant shit. Why Be Something That You're Not may be the peak of hardcore.

WeepingBanana
January 10th 2021


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Why don’t you give me a fucking break / one look at you tells me you’re fake



Poetry

sixdegrees
January 12th 2021


10770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jerry’s Kids review when

WeepingBanana
January 12th 2021


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

4 years

parksungjoon
January 12th 2021


25690 Comments


we've got

fiiiive yeeears

my brain hurts a lot

fiiiiive yeeeears

thats all we got



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