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“Gotta Get Away From You” 7" // Reviews

  • EQUALIZING DISTORT (CANADA) Vol.11, Issue 1, February 2011

    P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. are a band made up of scene veterans who’s lineage includes RESIST and POISON IDEA. This could either be really bad or really good. Well, if it has made my top favorite releases for 2010 you know which way I have decided.

    The baggage of their past does not interfere with these guys writing some punk anthems, I think it only facilitates the process. This two song EP leaves me wanting more. There was only 300 of these pressed so I consider myself lucky to have one.

  • EQUALIZING DISTORT (CANADA) Vol.11, Issue 1, February 2011

    P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. are from Portland. I have written and followed Kelly’s bands from the early days of RESIST and he has been in a ton of great hardcore bands from Portland. When I think of Portland hardcore I don’t think of bands like TRAGEDY - RESIST and DETESTATION come to mind, so I am glad to see Kelly back at it again. And he writes that this project has a member of POISON IDEA.

    It’s not Jerry A or anything, but POISON IDEA are the other name synonymous with Portland hardcore. It’s good to see members from both worlds team up, and it was probably inevitable. There are some other ex-members-of here, but they are more for folks from the local scene to makes sense out of.

    All you need to know is that this is some urgent punked out hardcore the way it is supposed to be played. This is a two song EP with both songs above the grade. They have slashing guitars with pounding drums that rise out of the discordant noise climaxing into a screaming rant. This is worlds above the other punk out there, being played by folks who have lived it.


    One is not supposed to describe something that rocks this apes hit crazy badass fuck all hard as this single with mere words so I offer instead this image: My head exploding, my brain falling out, a slow zoom close-up, and eventually revealed us my brain matter, transmogrified into broken guitar pedals, shattered beer bottles, dandruff, and drumstick splinters.


    Wonderful: This looks so "retro" it brings tears to my eyes: a plastic sleeve containing a folded, photocopied piece of paper with a 7" inside. This is the way singles have been made for the last 2000 years, and that’s the way it should be: Who needs this digital crap? Limited to 300 copies, and fuck, that’s a sad statement about these times: earlier, a masterpiece like this would have been released in a run of ten times that amount - and these days are there really only 300 people worldwide who have such good taste? That scares me…

    Released on DEAD MOON’s own label, TOMBSTONE RECORDS, and mastered by FRED COLE himself, the five guys who call themselves P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. have been associated with such Portland punk-authorities as POISON IDEA, PIERCED ARROWS, BURNING LEATHER, and RESIST. That history is reflected in the sound of the record: Hardcore punk with the intensity of a shaken-up wasp’s nest.