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This 5-song 12" EP is blazing fast and intelligent hardcore, 80s style, a la AOF's classic "What We Want Is Free" EP (1982) & "Give Thanks" LP (1984). Recorded at Chicago's Million Yen Studios (Cheap Trick, Effigies, Local H, Smoking Popes) on July 4, 2010, these 5 songs show the band members' continuing political involvement and brutal musical chops. This lineup had not written or recorded together since 1985's "In This Life" LP.
"New Normal Catastrophe" was mixed by J. Robbins (of Jawbox & Report Suspicious Activity [a collaboration between J. Robbins and AOF's Vic Bondi]) in Baltimore, MD.
This 5-song 12" is released in time for the return of the original lineup to the stage at Chicago's annual RIOT FEST from October 6-October 10, 2010. This lineup has not played live together since July 1985!
1. With A Vengeance
2. Coming Off The Rails
3. New Normal Catastrophe
4. Hammer Song
5. Brother John
Articles of Faith was a Chicago-based hardcore punk band (1981–1985) notable for songwriting in a class above most of their contemporaries (and successors). The band's later work, the In This Life LP in particular, either founds or foreshadows the emo sound. The typical AoF song featured hummable melodies and conspicuous hooks, showing funk,
Articles of Faith was a Chicago-based hardcore punk band (1981–1985) notable for songwriting in a class above most of their contemporaries (and successors). The band's later work, the In This Life LP in particular, either founds or foreshadows the emo sound. The typical AoF song featured hummable melodies and conspicuous hooks, showing funk, reggae and jazz influences, accompanied by lyrics bemoaning the difficulty of finding freedom and fulfillment in a cookie-cutter mass-consumption driven society typically, but not always, delivered at a searing pace. While the band's influence was blunted by being based in Chicago, it maintained close musical and thematic ties to the Washington DC / Dischord Records scene. Drummer Virus X briefly left the band in 1984, due to the relative waning of the band's political emphasis, but returned to record In This Life. The band split up in 1985, with In This Life being issued two years later. The original line-up reunited for a European tour in 1991. The final show of this tour was recorded and issued as part of the Your Choice Live series.
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