09 October 2018


In 2000, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? released a CD with tracks from our first two recording sessions and we called it The First Year. Shortly afterwards, our pals in TEAR IT UP released The First Four Months disc in what seemed like a crafty move in a jovial game of oneupsmanship. Now....who the fukk are these St. Louis mutants with this First Three Months shit?! 16 tracks in three months? Y'all are just showing off! They back it up, however, so all my bloviating is just sour grapes. Full throttle Midwestern hardcore with vocals that make me think of Jerry A more than once, I saw CARDIAC ARREST a bunch of times here and there while we were living in Wisconsin and something never really clicked for m - they were always fast and tight, and they seemed like they were coming from the right place, but it just kinda fell flat when I saw them. But now, revisiting these bangers a decade later I am treated to a pile of ferocious, off the rails hardcore....it made me pull out a couple of wax slabs (also excellent), and it made me wonder what the fukk I had been missing. There's no moral here, no profundities, just a some anecdotes and a collection of ripping punk rock songs written and recorded over the course of three months in the early 2000s. 


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