Active Minds - "The Age of Mass Distraction" LP
In 6 LPs over 30 years, Active Minds has refined their style to a fine-tuned, tightly-balanced mixture of many of the things we love about punk here at SPHC. Two guys with an intensely deep knowledge of punk music (can't have record collections that large without picking up a thing or two) that bring melody and catchy under the same umbrella as thrash and speed, knowing when to write memorable sing-a-longs and when to write short/fast/loud ragers, strip it all down to the bare sonic minimums, and use it to channel some of the most thoughtful and blunt political lyrics this side of Crass. Perfect.
But it was not until 2008 that Final Exit released their masterpiece as a 3" CD on Rage For All Records. Their most contrasting and musically tight cut-up style yet, their cleanest and most powerful production yet, their most fully realized aesthetic yet; the CD was an instant classic for all the noise freaks and grind aficionados, cementing Final Exit's legendary status. It remains one of my personal all-time favorite pieces of music. It was the kind of CD that I spent my college nights sitting with my friends discussing at great length, listening over and over, watching YouTube videos of their gigs with eyes wide and mouths agape.
As such, it is with great honor and joy that I present this CD on vinyl for the very first time. Remastered for a one-sided 12" with the same deluxe full-color gatefold packaging as the CD.