Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Demo Alert: Reivers

I don’t know if they had this on their minds, but “reive” is an early English word that means, “to rob.” During the late Middle Ages, reivers lived along the England/Scotland border under their own set of laws. Loyal to none, they plundered both sides at will. There’s certainly more to it than that, but this isn’t history class, right? Fast forward to 2011 and Reivers is a relatively new hardcore band from Oakland. Musically and politically, they have things in common with some of the heavier punk bands that have originated from both the Bay Area and Portland in the past decade. Should I name names? Nah. Live, Reivers is actually much louder and heavier than this demo. Sometimes they are TOO loud for the spaces they play in. With that in mind, perhaps this demo is your first chance to properly hear what they are playing underneath all that racket. If you haven’t seen them live, then consider this tape a primer for the pounding your eardrums will eventually take. See? Everybody wins!

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