27 December 2018


My affinity for '90s DIY is certainly not hidden in the annals of this virtual perzine, so this random 1994 demo should come as no real surprise to even casual visitors. 1994, Chicago, DIY hardcore/punk, very much a product of their time and of the times in general, from the cringeworthy Mark Arm squall in "Bum's Beach" to the SUBMACHINE caliber ode to Schaeffer Beer brilliantly titled "Schaeffer Beer" to the weird guitars that could have evolved into BUZZOV•EN level discordant fury to the blatant equality politics ("Pro Homo," "Youthful Idealism"), it's as if everything from that era is packed somewhere into Always On Strike. And that's exactly what is so appealing about the era.

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