I’ve been ignorant to Defeater way too long. It was in a conversation between Ed Good Life and me that I became aware about Defeater’s work and impact. I was making the statement that no great records and or classics were made nowadays. Then Ed replied about the change that Defeater had made in Hardcore. Still I remained skeptical about it. I had heard them before and read about some aspects of their work in theory. The melody woven into their sound and the story-telling in the lyrics. Also the time-lapse made in the content. Combined with the ferocious and passionate vocals.
I also had their first LP that was reissued by Bridge 9 and so came more known in 2009. I actually also had the double seven inch from and their second last etched double LP from 2011 called “Empty Days and Sleepless Nights”. I listened to it, but it couldn’t go through me like it now does with this latest album.
So I decided to buy this latest LP also. And now when I’m listening to it. Man, it goes to the bone and I feel such a solace in the melody. The song text are so accurate to and touching my emotions. I like it a lot. Such a deeply felt delivery.
|Defeater “Letters Home” LP|
|Lovely grey marbled vinyl|
|11inches square sized booklet|
|booklet opened with handwritten texts|
The time-lapse I’m talking about is indeed a great change in Hardcore. Usually in Hardcore it goes about the reality that the vocalists experienced themselves (in their own lives). But this is a more objective story-telling about a working class family in the post WWII time-period of USA. But the message remains equally powerful in my opinion.
Musically the vocals are ferocious and capture the same anger and frustration as many other ‘traditional’ hardcore bands. I don’t want to go ahead of history. Because usually history is written a while after the events. But the fact that this is such a substantive change and this coming out on a hardcore label.
Well, I have to agree with Ed Good Life on this one… This is classical music in the making!