Friday, June 11, 2010

Expand the Nonsense

If there’s any band that deserves to be remembered as one of the best hardcore bands of the 1990s, it doesn’t get much better than Logical Nonsense. Unlike so many hardcore bands over the past thirty-ish years, these Santa Fe psychos knew that speed plus power equaled pure devastation. Never was that more apparent than on their final release, Expand the Hive, pressed by none other than Alternative Tentacles in 1997.

Most hardcore bands tend to write their best and most extreme material when they’re just starting out. After they’ve been at it for a good while, the approach usually becomes more watered down as they slowly begin to run out of ideas. Or maybe they see a potential for acceptance amongst larger audiences whose taste in music isn’t as edgy. Not so for Logical Nonsense. Although there are moments that hint at their future hardcore brutality, the early Logical Nonsense records clearly emulate the melodic pop punk sound coming out of the East Bay in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. In fact, one or two of their songs even had ska parts—including the “hup hup hup, pick it up, pick it up” singing that never fails to be annoying. I imagine that part of the reason they eventually dumped that shit was in response to Green Day and Rancid hitting the mainstream in the mid ‘90s. Once they did that, Logical Nonsense recorded their best material. It must have been quite a shock to the systems of those who were expecting more quasi-Jawbreaker riffs. I know I was blown away when I finally flipped the record over to their side of the split LP with Grimple back in the day.

Expand the Hive
is Logical Nonsense at their very best. This album grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until its conclusion, shaking you like a rag doll the entire time. It explodes out of the stereo speakers with anger at the unjust world that we are forced to live in. Expand the Hive is one of those hardcore records that renews your lease on life, as well as your faith that hardcore punk is the best music around. If you have yet to hear it for yourself, then kill a Nazi and expand your hive here.

1 comment:

Russ said...

pick it op! pick it op!
They were definitely one of those bands you had to see live.