I guess you already purchased JUDGE “Bringin’ It Down” and TURNING POINT “1988-1991” reissues. If so, please check this online demo (and download it for 1£) I discovered like a week ago. REFLECT hails from Manchester and their 4 songs demo is just great, in the vein of the two bands I was previously dealing with, I mean angry and melancholic straight edge tracks. Paolo (vocals) agreed to answer to a few question for DROIDxRAGE. Enjoy!
Hot on the heels of Survival, Insist and Below comes yet another straight edge band from the other end of the M62. Fronted by man mountain Mike Porter, a fellow more used to wrecking shop in front of the stage than holding court on top of it and comprised of assorted scallywags and rapscallions drawn from the iron ranks of the Manchester Straight Edge. I have a lot of time for these guys. I have said it before and I’ll say it again Manchester hardcore does not pose, it don’t pretend to be something it’s not. They just get on with the business of hardcore, and clearly business is good.
Unjust hit the line hard, their intro got that same bounce that Breakdown had in ’87 but that’s certainly not indicative of their sound as a whole. Musically this is bang on point late 80‘s straight edge hardcore but taking inspiration from the likes of Seattle’s Brotherhood or Clevo hayseeds Confront rather than the more obvious clean cut youth crew influences. Laying down the law on opening track Clear Sight, Porters belicose vocals have a furious thick necked quality like Mean Steve did on Payday or Wasted Life. Second track See Straight reminds me of Side By Side, with frantic fast verses crashing into the kind of wicked hard chorus/breakdowns that guarantee wild behaviour. Lyrically it’s nowt fresh. Straight forward, simplistic and catchy enough to ensure finger pointing, pile on’s and mic grabs galore.
Unjust smack you in the teeth with with a rugged demo thats all over and done with in less than 5 minutes. It’s scrappy hardcore as it should be played and for those looking for homegrown straight edge with a distinctly No Tolerance flavour, Unjust could be just the band for you. But don’t take my word for it, the band have made the demo available on their bandcamp page HERE And I believe that Jimmy over at New Instinct records will be making physical copies of the demo available to purchase imminently so go HERE to stay updated and to investigate his other releases.
Unjust will be playing in Leeds at the new breed of straight edge showcase at the Temple Of Boom on February 21st alongside Insist and Regiment.
I wanted to do some sort of RIH post for a while so i got in contact with ex bass player Mark Boardman who i have known through the Hardcore scene for years.
He sent me some history from his time with the band.
He also some pictures from his and Nate’s time with RIH.
Words By Mark Boardman
I joined in October 2008 just as the songs for “as pearls before swine” were coming together.
my first show was with Fucked up at the roadhouse in Manchester in November 2008. a band called “lets wrestle” played. I knew I was out of step with the world.
note sweet 90’s orginal straight edge shirts xchorusx and undertow!
recording acoustic interludes in the haunted lift shaft at Mutiny Compound
CTW Fest 2
during my time in RiH I played bass on more records than I have ever recorded before in my life, drove from Manchester to Paris and back without sleeping, saw a ghost at Mutiny Compound, got hypnotised by Atko, lost my mobile phone in a cab in Baltimore while trying to see Cheese Wagstaffs corner, got blown away by Thou in Nottingham, ate a lot of Nandos, got to fuck around with some of my best mates and generally have a right good old time.
it all came to an end for me after we played in Baltimore. on returning home I decided that I would hang up my bass for good as the drain of practising at least once a week and also playing an ever increasing amount of shows was getting to my family. RIH were looking to do a european tour with Integrity and I couldn’t commit to that so I thought it would be best for the guys to get someone in who could commit more time to the band.
the RIH gear set up for recording some demo tracks in the Mutiny compound