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End On End
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Rites of Spring - “Persistent Vision”

I was the champion of “forgive, forget”
But I haven’t found a way to forgive you yet 

If End on End isn’t one of your favorite records of all time, you’re either fucking brain dead, or you’ve never heard it. I frequently make the claim that “Do You Like Me?” by Fugazi is everything that’s perfect about music, but in reality, all of this album is everything that’s perfect about music. From the opening scream of “Spring” to the extended closing strains of “End on End”, every note, every syllable, every drum fill and bass riff and backward tape looped breakdown is absolutely, unarguably, unforgivably perfect. My opinion about this probably says more about me and my taste in music than anything else, because obviously I can’t make anyone love this record as much as I do, but I think this is a pretty wide-reaching opinion held by most aging punks.

Considering that this record is nearly 30 FUCKING YEARS OLD, it’s even more forward thinking and smart and powerful and universal than it seems at first listen. It still sounds fresh today; Touche Amore wishes they sounded this emotionally raw. “Persistent Vision” and “For Want Of” (and “Theme” and “Deeper Than Inside” and “End on End”) are benchmarks of the punk genre. Songs that will undoubtedly live forever, and be the siren songs of the Revolution Summer movement, the move in DC punk - hell, in PUNK - from the “we” to the “I”. The internal versus the external. It was a bold move for a community based on community, but seeing the way people responded to Rites of Spring, and still respond to them, it was the move that everyone was looking for. While avoiding the dreaded “E” word, let’s just say that the core of this band was the seething ferocity, the agonized songwriting, the sheer force of momentum and feeling. It struck a chord with a small group of DC outcasts, and continues to strike with every generation that comes and goes. Any punk rock lifer can tell you how important this band was to the music that came after them, but what they really want to tell you is how important this band was to them as people.

  1. onejadetorulethemall reblogged this from razorcake
  2. thepatcave reblogged this from razorcake and added:
    Damn straight.
  3. firthofforth reblogged this from gifthorsedentistry and added:
    Hanging my head in shame for having never before listened to Rites of Spring. Doing it now.
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  5. gifthorsedentistry reblogged this from halffiction and added:
    Nick does writes good about song.
  6. halffiction reblogged this from exspectator and added:
    Nick and I both agree: If End on End isn’t one of your favorite records of all time, you’re either fucking brain dead,...
  7. exspectator reblogged this from songjournal and added:
    If you don’t love Rites of Spring, you and I are done professionally, man.
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