22 December 2021


As far as I can tell, there was one song on a Thrasher comp in the '80s and another that appeared on a Cometbus comp a decade later...and maybe that was all that BLACK ATHLETES shared with the world.  It's a perfect example of dark and forceful punk, from a time when the division between punk and new wave were just solidifying. The two previously issues tracks are stone classics, full stop, and it's hard to imagine that a band capable of this would go on to....not write any more songs. The third song is the 6+ minute "Malcolm X Dub," which is mentioned somewhere in the limited internet chatter about this band and acts as an excellent come down from the two previous numbers. Relaxation for the body, stimulation for the mind. Holy shit this tape is good. 


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