Out of Print Punk and Hardcore Records that need to be heard!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Alright, while I'm posting a spate of more melodic bands, here is a great French group from the 1990s, Légitime Défonce. These guys played fast and catchy as hell punk with a strong U.S. hardcore influence. To my ears, these guys remind me a bit of the U.K. wave of bands in the late 1980s that took their cue from 7 Seconds, SNFU and the like - groups like H.D.Q., Exit Condition, Snuff, early Leatherface, etc. Légitime Défonce are not quite as classic as those bands but I think they are within the same realm. This post collects their first two LPs, both on the great French label Panx. The first LP, self-titled, was an instant favorite when it came out - fast and melodic with enough aggression to satisfy my more HC tastes. The second LP, Ya Basta!, is a bit more 90s pop-punk sounding and with muddier production so it doesn't quite stand up to the first... still, its not a bad record per se, just not as good as the first. Légitime Défonce had a few EPs and another LP that came out in the late 90s that I've not gotten around to tracking down yet, though I should have obtained those early 7"ers a long time ago... too many records, not enough time or money tho!