CASEY JONES – The Messenger
As a reviewer, you beg for discs like this. You want to hit repeat on every single track. It’s that good. Dare I say that this is straightedge that throws back to Minor Threat, Judge, and early Black Flag while still putting that modern hardcore edge on it? I think I can, so therefore I will. This is fast, tight, kick-ass hardcore, and is unrepentantly straightedge. I like these guys because they attack the notion of being in a “scene.” Scenesters are weak in the head and are bent on making sure other people are clones of themselves. Casey Jones just get up there and bust it out. From their lyrics, they’re putting it on the line — living long, living strong. This band is all about the music and the energy it creates. This crew is intense and motivated and they make you want to feed off of that intensity and get yourself motivated, too. If you’re into bullshit, then stand aside. Casey Jones will make you want to start eating better, working out, and brushing your teeth every day. Who knows? You might even start flossing! The possibilities will seem endless after listening to this disc, I’m sure of it. This is a disc any straightedger worth their “X” should have on their shelf. That’s all. Class dismissed.
(Eulogy Recordings, PO Box 24913, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33307)