VERBAL ABUSE - Just An American Band LP
If you know any people who consider themselves major punk experts but are unfamiliar with Verbal Abuse, they shouldn't feel too bad. Verbal Abuse isn't a huge name in the punk world, but they made some noteworthy contributions to the Bay Area punk scene of the '80s. Although Verbal Abuse was formed in Texas, they moved to San Francisco in 1981 and became part of the same scene that boasted DRI and the Dead Kennedys -- and they were perfect for that scene because they were such an angry, combustible, in-your-face band.
In 1983 and 1984, punk was an idiom that thrived on rawness and gut-level emotion; it was rock & roll at its most primal and basic -- and these hot-blooded, inspired performances are about as primal as it gets. It isn't hard to understand why the band was called Verbal Abuse; songs like "I Hate You," "Disintegration" and "Leeches" rival Black Flag when it comes to having antisocial lyrics. Anyone who appreciates the early-'80s output of Black Flag, Fear or the Circle Jerks is advised to give Just an American Band a close listen. -Alex Henderson
Official reissue on Beer City.
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