Album Review

Pink Reason – “Throw It Away + 2 ” – [Criminal I. Q. Records]

Daryl Licht   9/13/2007   7-inch, A Library

This is a repressing of the debut 7″ EP from Green Bay???s Pink Reason. It was originally released in a very limited edition of only 300 copies on the band’s Savage Quality Recordings imprint. The A-Side contains the highlight of their short career, ???Throw It Away???, a stunning dose of dark, driving, lo-fi, doom punk that harkens back to the late 80???s/early 90???s heyday of DIY 7??? releases. The B-Side contains two tracks, neither of which is nearly as successful. “Slate Train” is a short track that contains similar sonic elements as ???Throw It Away???, but is much slower and quieter and, as a result, isn’t nearly as engaging. “New Violence” is a quirky, yet still somewhat appealing, track that takes an entirely different approach, using only synths and a drum machine to accompany leader Kevin De Broux’s vocals. Not that any of that really matters as ???Throw It Away??? is among the best 4 minutes I’ve heard committed to 7″ vinyl in a while and the “must play” track! DL

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