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Are you in the mood for a very cheesy metafor? I think you are. If you took time to read a D.R.I. review instead of just listening to their music you must've got some humor. Let’s go: If the ‘Dirty Rotten EP’ was ‘A New Hope’, then ‘Dealing With It’ was ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Yes, we’re talking about the rare case of a sequel being actually better than the original. Dealing With It was a crystallised version of the earlier The Dirty Rotten EP rawness. And the ‘Dirty Rotten EP’ was very good indeed!
Welcome to this world, my dear D.R.I. You’ve listened well to Black Flag and TSOL but especially Crucifix, Circle Jerks and Minor Threat got your attention, didn’t they? Who cares you guys can’t actually play yet because you certainly are able to write the best possible songs which exactly suit your musical abilties and attitude! Extra credit for not trying to be better than you are but instead translating yourselves into hardcore punk. But then again, that is the right hardcore attitude. Nevertheless you’ve written a bunch of amazingly catchy songs!
And there was that discussion about the song “No Sense” having the first blast beat. Ah well, let’s forget Jazz from the sixties then? No we won’t! But the blast here was probably the first blast beat in hardcore punk. It would even take another few years before the metal scene would have a go at it as well. Not a bad innovation coming from a few youngsters rehearsing in a bedroom, right?
Honest, innovative, etc. That all sounds nice but the truth is, it’s just a damn good fast hardcore punk record, it’s fun to listen to anytime and it never gets boring. 16 minutes of groundshaking debut.