The Record: Fear

Rating: 90%

feartherecordI love Punk and Hardcore Punk from the 1970’s to the 1980’s. There’s just something about the free form and the rebellion that I like. One of my favorite records is this one here called “The Record” by Fear. Using the influences from the Garage Rock and Punk scenes in the 1970’s, Fear is a well-balanced Hardcore Punk band from California.

I like everything about this record, the rawness of the music, the off the wall lyrics, the song structures, and instrumentation itself. There’s an equal balance between the darker feeling within the music and the humor of the lyrics itself. It features a good collection of Punk songs that very upbeat in tempo with fast guitars.

Musicianship is really good. Vocalist rhythm guitarist Lee Ving does a decent job behind the mic. His guitar work is top notch. He lays down some really decent riffs. He plays bass guitar on “New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones” which is a Progressive Hardcore Punk song. Lead guitarist Philo Cramer shows that even punks can shred on the guitar. Drummer Spit Stix does a beautiful job sitting behind the skins and setting the tempo for the band to follow. Bassist Derf Scratch shines on “New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones” as he plays the saxphone. His playing is really funky. He also plays the guitar on that song. He is the lead vocalist on “Getting the Brush” which has a very dark feeling to it.

Side one

  1. “Let’s Have a War” 2:19
  2. “Beef Boloney”   1:47
  3. “Camarillo” 1:11
  4. “I Don’t Care About You”   1:59
  5. “New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones”   2:08
  6. “Gimme Some Action”   0:59
  7. “Foreign Policy”   2:14

Side two

  1. “We Destroy the Family” 1:54
  2. “I Love Livin’ in the City”   2:05
  3. “Disconnected”   2:07
  4. “We Got to Get Out of This Place 2:38
  5. “Fresh Flesh” 1:44
  6. “Getting the Brush” 2:32
  7. “No More Nothing”   1:31
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