The reissue of Faith’s Subject To Change alongside their first demo recordings is highly entertaining, partly because it’s straight out of 1983, but also because some interesting stuff is present. Although most of the album sounds the same, there’s an element of intrigue in listening to a genre’s roots; it’s progress in the making. Most of the beats you find in modern punk music are all over this record, and many of the guitar parts as well. With 19 tracks, it runs about 25 minutes long, which equals out to plenty of short, fast, and angry songs about rebelling against whatever is bringing you down — or, at least, whatever brought you down in 1983.
Dischord Records have come along way in their 30-plus years in business, and Subject To Change is a refreshing take on the label and the intricate reworkings of the punk genre.
(Dischord Records, 3819 Beecher St. NW, Washington, DC 20007-1802)