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Album Review

Making the Road, by Japanese thrash kids Hi-Standard, dishes out the same kind of epileptic hardcore that can be found on their previous U.S. releases on Fat Wreck Chords, the San Francisco-based punk label. All is not spit and bile, however; these guys mix campy covers like "Green Acres" with the searing punk rock of "Teenagers Are All Assholes" and the pretty, flute-laden instrumental "Tinkerbell Hates Goatees." Making the Road proves that there is still some small scrap of new ground to be covered in thrash music. Hi-Standard have staked their claim.


Formed: 1991 in Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The wickedly original Japanese punk revival band Hi-Standard were formed in 1991 by guitarist/vocalist Ken Yokoyama, bassist/vocalist Akihiro Nanba, and drummer Akira Tsuneoka. The bandmembers made a name for themselves in their native Japan early in 1992 when they released Growing Up on Toy's Factory Records. They were soon brought to the attention of Fat Wreck Chords owner Fat Mike, who licensed the album to his own label for sale in America. A mixture of irreverence and impressive talent, Growing...
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