The Ergs! -Thrash Compactor Release Date: March 29, 2010
Record Label: Grave Mistake Records
The Ergs! are not a band to be tied down to one genre. Though their full lengths are, for the most part, incredibly earnest pop-punk, they're also known for their eclectic influences. They draw from everything from jazz to country. This release was initially a surprise, as many had thought that 2008's That's It...Bye EP was their last record. However, the Thrash Compactor EP isn't in the vein of The Ergs!'s other releases; Thrash Compactor is The Ergs!'s take on hardcore punk.
The Ergs! aren't new to hardcore punk songs, having dabbled in them in most of their releases, but this is the first full release that is strictly hardcore. Granted, it's only five songs that clock in just over three minutes, but the cuts hit hard. From the ass-kicking opener "Johnny Rzeznick Needs His Ass Kicked," the trio deliver a brutally fast yet genuine take on hardcore punk.
The Ergs! do hardcore as well as they do everything else. The songs are tight, the lyrics are irreverent, and vocalists Mikey and Joey Erg do a phenomenal job of emulating the vocals that made hardcore so abrasive. However, the record probably only appeals to those familiar with The Ergs!, which is a shame because the band are phenomenal. If you're a fan of 80s hardcore punk, check this out and maybe you'll get into The Ergs'! other material. It's worth it.