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Washington, DC hardcore punks Scream recorded the seminal Still Screaming and a number of other underrated releases before becoming a footnote in mainstream rock circles for having once featured Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter leader Dave Grohl among their ranks. Now, Grohl repays the favor and has the original line-up reform and record this 7-track EP live in his Studio 606. The guys still have plenty of chops. “Jamin’ At 606” brings the supercharged thrust of the hardcore days, but most of the tracks here settle on an easier to digest pace, with infectious melodies taking centerstage for “Elevate,” “Stopwatch” and “Get Free.” It’s closer to classic punk and rock ‘n’ roll than any subgenre allegiances. “The Year Bald Headed Singers Where In” and “Move (All Alone)” even infer a heavy-metal connection with their terse, grinding riffs and howling vocals. No rust here, whatsoever. It may be live, but it isn’t any less tight or masterful than a “proper” studio recording.

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Great breakout - appreciate the live recording. Looking forward to hearing more!


Formed: 1981

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Coming on the tail end of the initial D.C. hardcore explosion, Scream formed in 1982 and signed to Dischord Records. That fall, the original lineup of the Stahl brothers, singer Peter, guitarist Franz and bassist Skeeter Thompson and drummer Kent Stax teamed with Ian MacKaye and Don Zientara to produce the raucous Still Screaming. The original group went on to release This Side Up in 1985 and Banging the Drum in 1987. That year, Scream switched to Ras Records, a D.C. reggae label trying to expand...
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