Monday, August 5, 2013
The Vexed Suburban Scum Nuke the Midwest Split 7" Anarchy's For Squares 2004
Well, I picked this up a while back for a quarter because it looked new-ish and the stuff it was next to was easy to sell on eBay. While researching prior to selling, I found out the VeXed is from KC. So, figured I'd hold onto it.
Upon listening it, first thought was, "They still make music like this?" Second thought was, "They make music like this in KC?" It's what I would term hardcore, in the vein of Minor Threat. It's a little more abrasive and metallic than 80's hardcore. I'm also going out on a limb and assuming the X in the band's name is larger to accentuate the straight edge lifestyle.
I'm not sure I'm at an age that can get into new bands that sound like this. As a fourteen year old, I'd would have thought this was hot shit. But, I'm too old now. I get it, it's angry teenager stuff, pissed at the system. I used to be that way until I sold out to the man. The one thing that drives me insane is that I can't figure out what the singer is even talking about. I know every word to the 'Banned in DC' and I can't make out what this guy is screaming about.
Better yet, there's a song by the VeXed titled "Lawrence Will Burn." Really? A college town pisses you off that much? Is it a racist reference to the Free State/Bleeding Kansas? Certainly, it can't be a nod to Quantrill's raid from Columbia? I mean that's about slavery, it can't be a nod to burning a town down because they didn't own slaves? I wish I knew what Lawrence, KS did to these kids, but fuck, I can't make out the lyrics.
The flipside is Surbuban Scum, they are from Iowa, so I won't talk about them much. There is a song entitled, "Kill Yourself," which I am pretty sure is about people who look like me. It doesn't offend me, I'm square, and Marilyn Manson already told me more or less the same thing.