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Album Review

For the band's only other release after their split LP with Void, Edward Janney added some second guitar; otherwise it was hot-wired classic hardcore outrage and self-questioning, as before. Don Zientara once again handled the recording, with Ivor Hanson's drumming sounding both stronger and also a touch more accomplished. Bass and guitar seemed to have switched positions of prominence in the mix, with Mike Hampton's crunch a touch more subtle and Chris Bald's own crisp work more directly audible. It makes for a calm but interesting contrast; in combination with the fine if not especially original songs, the result is more prime hardcore. Alec Mackaye still screams with passion but also has a little more open ache slipping through here and there, which goes well with the lyrics of songs like "Limitations" and the combination of reflection and call to action in the especially inspiring title track. It all makes for a fine way for this solid band to be remembered. [In 2011, Dischord released a remastered version of Subject to Change that included the ten tracks from the Faith’s 1981 demo as well.]


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

In spite of their limited lifespan and discography, the Faith were a seminal influence on the early emocore movement in Washington, D.C. For starters, nearly all of their membership moved on to either Embrace or Rites of Spring, by most accounts the first true emo bands. But even during their existence, the Faith's music hinted at what was to come, softening the standard-issue hardcore approach somewhat with better-developed melodies and a more inward-looking perspective. To be sure, it was high-energy,...
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