27 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it formed in Texas, a move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981 branded Verbal Abuse as a Northern California punk band. Just an American Band/Live in '84 remains one of the best underground twofers of this genre. It's got a total of 27 tracks: the first half is a reissue of Verbal Abuse's 1983 debut album, Just an American Band, and the second part is a live recording of the band opening for The Ramones in 1984 at The Ritz in New York. “Power Play” opens with a feral blast of hardcore thrash in the Black Flag vein, relentlessly pulverizing the eardrums for just under a minute. The following “Leeches” also delivers blow after blow of anti-muse insults, making good on the band’s moniker. But check the chorus here—it slows down to reveal a slight nod to the skate-punk side of Suicidal Tendencies. “I Hate You” follows suit with a mosh-friendly swagger that’s conducive to skating empty backyard pools. Hyperactive covers of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” are fun standouts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it formed in Texas, a move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981 branded Verbal Abuse as a Northern California punk band. Just an American Band/Live in '84 remains one of the best underground twofers of this genre. It's got a total of 27 tracks: the first half is a reissue of Verbal Abuse's 1983 debut album, Just an American Band, and the second part is a live recording of the band opening for The Ramones in 1984 at The Ritz in New York. “Power Play” opens with a feral blast of hardcore thrash in the Black Flag vein, relentlessly pulverizing the eardrums for just under a minute. The following “Leeches” also delivers blow after blow of anti-muse insults, making good on the band’s moniker. But check the chorus here—it slows down to reveal a slight nod to the skate-punk side of Suicidal Tendencies. “I Hate You” follows suit with a mosh-friendly swagger that’s conducive to skating empty backyard pools. Hyperactive covers of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” are fun standouts.

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