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More pop-oriented fun from the High-Back Chairs on this follow-up EP to Of Two Minds, which, like its predecessor, is a good acid test to find out if a self-proclaimed Dischord obsessive really likes everything on the label. Only the most self-righteous hater of harmonies and just Anglophilic enough arrangements and delivery will find cause to complain, though. Hayes' summery voice makes for a lovely equivalent to such purveyors of sweet/sour sentiments as the Dentists or the Shoes, while musically everyone riffs along with the panache of Cheap Trick at its prime. Winners like "Share" and "FUJ" hit the right combination of smarts, good performance, and memorable melodies. "Unending" lets the foursome indulge a more melancholic bent, Hayes' lyrics addressing the need for personal connection like so many fellow labelmates, but delivered with a darker guitar shimmer over its easy groove.


Formed: 1989 in Washington DC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Ian Mackaye and Brian Baker weren't the only ones to move leaps and bounds beyond Minor Threat. From 1989 to 1993, Jeff Nelson drummed for High Back Chairs, very nearly the first and last Dischord power pop band. Peter Hayes, who fronts the Peter Hayes Condition, took the lead for this band. Hayes also played in Wonderama with Nelson and bassist Charles Steck, a photographer...
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