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The First Step - "What We Know" (RVL018)
The urgency and intensity of YOUTH OF
TODAY, the positive delivery of INSTED, and a
strongly rooted foundation in old D.C. and
Orange County hardcore - THE FIRST STEP's
first official full length release, "WHAT WE
KNOW", picks up where they left off on the
"Open Hearts and Clear Minds" EP,
meanwhile adding some new flavor to their
sound along the way. Produced by Walter
Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today,
Quicksand, Rival Schools), the album
explodes with speed and a blistering vocal
delivery, delivering much of what we've come
to expect from TFS: honest, thought-provoking
hardcore. Though this time around, there's
something new in the mix. Whether it's a
Dischord-esque guitar riff reminiscent of
MINOR THREAT, a bouncing rhythm ala BAD
BRAINS, or a driving beat and harmonizing
vocals like those of UNIFORM CHOICE, this
album has undeniably fused the old TFS with
a new power, creating something very, very
special. To put it simply, this album grabs you,
it speaks to you, it demands your attention.
Many may say it, but few actually deliver - this
record is destined to take its place among the
most classic of hardcore records. The music,
the message: it has returned.
**CD and LP version are available from Rivalry Records worldwide, except for the noted exceptions below. LP version is available in Europe from Not Just
Words Records as an exclusive license from Rivalry Records in the European territory only. CD version is licensed to Waking The Dead Records for the South American territory only.