Title: Home Wrecked
Release: EP / Digital
Label: Revelation Records
Bay Area’s Tørsö is a band known for their consistency. Ever since their 2014 breakthrough Community Psychosis EP, they have been one of the best hardcore bands around.
But what makes them consistent?
It’s not as easy as playing the same simplistic hardcore as hundreds of other bands for years, there’s something much more complex going on. In essence, Tørsö’s tracks are all blistering, intense, energetic and powerful. Most clocking in around one to one-and-a-half minute in length but packing in so much in those brief minutes.
There are moments that are straight-up hardcore, fast and in-your-face with a pure sense of urgency and determination. There are also moments of pondering d-beats and buzzing ’80s hardcore punk influences from Italy and the UK. Their black-and-white covers consistently have that creepy touch of horror and ghoul as the band’s name directly comes from a 1973 Italian giallo movie. These hardcore horror freaks are also vegan straight edge in a time when most bands have long been sell-outs and edgebreakers. Even before listening to Home Wrecked, the artwork already has me awestruck.
The three tracks on this new 7″ were originally recorded during 2019’s Build and Break sessions. Right off the bat, the record starts with the title track “Home Wrecked”, tackling on the subject of gentrification and just dripping with ferocity.
Nearly one-third of poor neighborhoods in Oakland and San Francisco experienced a brutal gentrification process between 2013 and 2017, the highest rate in all of the United States. “Wrecked everything in your path” and “Progress isn’t for anyone, it benefits you, it benefits you”, screams singer Mae Toone at the top of her lungs at greedy capitalist bastards gentrifying the hoods and pushing people to the brink in order to maximize profit. The band continues their lyrical assault of the wealthy and privileged on the second track “Weightless,” another great song seething with fury and rage.
The final track, “You’re X’ed,” is a brilliant cover of The Faith. This early DC band with Alec MacKaye, the younger brother of Ian MacKaye, on vocals. Tørsö’s cover is as fast, simple and totally punchy as it gets, in the classic ’80s hardcore fashion. It’s a reminder that, no matter how much the band grows (as evident from their Revelation Records deal), they will always hold onto their roots.
With all that said, Tørsö is still among the best hardcore bands today.