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Album Review

Washington, D.C.'s Bluetip fits nicely within the glove of their hometown's hardcore reputation, and they seem right at home on the famed Dischord label. Under the direction of producer and Fugazi alum Ian MacKaye, they turn out a powerful and punchy set of punk rock on their first album, with all the post-punk touches requisite to any true students of the D.C. scene. Singer Jason Farrell has an appealing, almost rockabilly yowl, and the band knows how to sneak in the catchy pop hooks and melodies amidst the abrasive guitars and plentiful, self-assured punk swagger. Unless you pay attention to the liner notes, most of the songs bleed together after a while, but this is a minor gripe; after all, we're talking punk rock, not Baroque fugues. Bluetip delivers, and they seem like they will only transcend the sum of their influences on future releases.


Formed: March, 1995 in Washington DC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Upon their departure from Swiz, guitarist/vocalist Jason Farrell and guitarist Dave Stern formed Bluetip with a rhythm section of bassist Jake Kump and drummer Dave Bryson. The group signed with Dischord in 1995 and issued its debut album, Dischord No. 101, the following year. Farrell and Stern formed a second band, this one called Sweetbelly Freakdown, with whom they released an album in 1997;...
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