Oh yeah, I'm diggin' this. As generally expected from the Bridge Nine camp, Have Heart's "The Things We Carry" is traditionally based hardcore that takes the old school framework and tosses in a smidge of Turning Point-esque melody along with an occasionally heavier edge that at times reminds me of Judge/early Cro-Mags on a musical level. I can't quite place what it is about this record, but somehow this is one of the most logical sounding progressions of old school hardcore I've ever heard. What I mean by that statement is that something about this material comes across like a literal translation of the classic late-80's hardcore sound into contemporary times. It doesn't sound stale to me at all, so this isn't some throwback youth crew band that's trying to sound identical to Youth of Today or whatnot. The songwriting has much more to it than your typical fast-paced three-chord rhythms and breakdowns, but at the same time they're not branching out quite as far as other modern acts that are exploring somewhat comparable areas of the genre. It's sort of weird, I just can't quite figure out what it is that specifically makes me feel that way. Whatever the case, this is a great album. I love the vocals, the basslines are great, the songwriting is memorable and interesting. I don't know… it's straightforward, but not exactly. Fuck it, it's hardcore, it's awesome, and that's all that really matters.
Have Heart "Life is Hard Enough"
Have Heart "The Machinist"
Definitely recommended. I'm liking this more and more as I continue listening. Make the grab, kids:
@ Bridge Nine
@ Very Distribution