Title: Straight Edge Violence
Release: EP / Digital
Label: Then & Now Records
Eyeteeth are a full-blown anarchist straight edge group, presenting an unyielding and unrestrained sonic assault not to be missed by those looking for something beyond the toothless apolitical youth crew or the generic mosh parts found in many other straight edge bands. Formed in post-Brexit Britain by hardcore veterans of various bands and projects, Eyeteeth are here to combat the alarming lack of politically and socially aware acts in the current music scene.
If you follow DIY Conspiracy, you might think that all hardcore is this political and aggressive, but it’s actually just a small fraction of the wider scene. Released on 7-inch vinyl by Then & Now Records (home of other notable bands like Stiff Meds, Injury Time, and Deathskulls), Straight Edge Violence is Eyeteeth’s blistering and uncompromising statement of pulverizing hardcore and powerviolence that conveys the discontent of all the working class communities and individuals who have grown weary of being mistreated by those in power.
Reminiscent of bands like Poison Planet, Sectarian Violence, Vaccine or WARxGAMES that were in vogue a few years ago, this is a great comeback from a sound and a scene that I hold dear. Throughout the ten tracks, Eyeteeth pummel the listener with a relentless barrage of short, sharp assaults on the senses that leave you feeling battered and bruised. Familiar tracks such as “Bluebottle”, “Chain Whipped”, “Wage War” and “Flesh Trade”, which originally appeared on Eyeteeth’s demo, have been taken to a new level, delivering an urgent and palpable sense of anger and frustration along with the remaining six bangers on the record.
Eyeteeth Straight Edge. Eat shit.
You are X’d out of my life!
Another notch on my fucking bat.
The metallic guitar tone is harsh and abrasive, the drums sound like machine-gun fire, while the throat-ripping vocals, delivered by frontman N.B., ooze bile and contempt through every crack. The short EP maintains a furious volatility at a lethal pace from its first seconds to its last, so by the time I’d finished reading the booklet I’d listened to it at least twice on repeat. While I love a bit of angry political rage, I’m also a sucker for the uncompromising “fuck you, I’m straight edge” attitude, or bashing the fuck out of sellouts and worse, ex-straight edge bands turned right-wing idiots like Chain of Strength, roasted on the aforementioned “Chain Whipped” track.
Uncompromising both sonically and lyrically, Eyeteeth’s music taps into the most vicious and aggressive aspects of hardcore music, combining sharp hooks and skin-shedding drive in an eruption of visceral straight-edge violence.