Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Highway Cross - Locked In 7"
Label: self released
From the edges of D.C. comes Highway Cross, who's post hardcore jet propulsion bears a certain amount of geographical residue to the metropolitan area from whence they came. But, in a curious twist, they have amalgamated the Bluetip version of workingman's punk rock with the Swedish(?!) version of Division Of Laura Lee's rave up hardcore, and the San Diego sound of Hot Snakes all-killer-no-filler brand of garage influenced good times. Which, yes, is a fine line to draw I realize, and it borders on complete nerdery to even get that deep into the minutiae of post hardcore...but I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't. Right?
Point being, sure, it's not reinventing the wheel or anything, but who cares when the songs have this much vigor and punch? The wheel works pretty fucking good as designed, so just ride that shit...that's my opinion.
Members have been in Cloak/Dagger, Striking Distance, Haram, Triac, Shoutbus, Multicult, Hatewaves, and Majority Rule. This is their first record, and they have a brand new one out on Cricket Cemetary, which is leaning less punk and more math/noise rock. Is good.