Of all the early, first-wave hardcore bandsMinor Threat, Black Flag, Bad BrainsNegative Approach were by far the most terrifying. Their ugly, self-titled, regressive 1982 debut hasnt mellowed with age: The records 10 songs remain an abrasive, unsettling artifact from an era when the genre was deemed unsalvageably harsh. While most every other act from that moment has since been assimilated into the malls and high-school lockers of modern pop culture, NA remain irredeemable: When their recent reunion tour came to New York, it was as part of last years marginal No Fun Fest, the annual Brooklyn demonic-noise gathering. John Brannon, the bands vocalist, is still a grunting, growling, severely intimidating presence, even after twenty-some years. Shout for Nothing, on which a teenage Brannon once howled, Im running out of time! Who knew this band would get so much of it?
Wed., May 14, 9 p.m., 2008
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