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Suicide Note

Empty Rooms

(Hawthorne Street; US: 20 Aug 2008; UK: Unavailable)

Unless Fugazi stage a covert surprise on their longtime fans and ambush us with a brand new album on a Tuesday morning in the near future, allow Suicide Note to fill in the gap those sorely-missed DC post-hardcore heroes have left in modern music since 2001. Also factoring in such influences as Drive Like Jehu and My War-era Black Flag, the Kentucky quartet’s latest 10-song LP could have easily been released in 1988, back when hardcore exhibited an intelligence lost amongst the tribal tattoos and cookie monster vocals of today’s aimlessly-aggro spin on the culture. A most welcome breath of fresh air for a new generation of heads in dire need of an alternative.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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