A horrible hack

Biff Tannen - Pilger


Year Released: 2004
Format: 7"
Label: Suspect Device
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
Cripes. Biff Tannen certainly sound like they have been listening to a lot of early 80's hardcore, Dischord and otherwise. They pile through six tracks of roughly recorded, fast paced hc. Sometimes the songs are about 5 seconds long. Lots of shouting ensues about things like thinking for yourself, consumerism, racism and having fun at shows. They all look about 15 years old in the pics, probably weren't even born when music like this first came out, which is pretty crazy in some way, but also cool in another. Good stuff.

Pilger also 'old skool' it up, romping through several Minor Threat styled efforts at a slightly lesser pace than Biff. It's all exceedingly straightforward and refreshing in that regard, they aren't suddenly going to throw in a screamo vocal or fuck around with some noise bollocks. They just shout a bit and play basic hc songs in a solid enough fashion. One could question the point of listening to a rehash, but pretty much all music is either a rehash or unlistenable these days it seems...

The record really looks the part too, all black and white but nicely presented. I was also intrigued to see this is on Suspect Device Records, I didn't realise they were still going - always cool to see people sticking to their guns and staying involved. Nice one SD!

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