Walter Schreifels, 'An Open Letter to the Scene' (Academy Fight Song)

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An Open Letter to the Scene
Critical Mass
Label: Academy Fight Son

by Doug Brod

With his surprising solo debut, this hardcore and alt-rock vet (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools) nods in the direction of his last band, Walking Concert, offering low-key, mostly acoustic reveries, highlighted by his keening, vulnerable tenor. But he's still daydreaming about his roots: name-checking Evan from Biohazard, turning a song he wrote for CIV into a retro-garage nugget, quoting NYHC skins Warzone, and stripping down Agnostic Front so they sound like Nirvana. And on the flip, just imagine what Rod Stewart could do with "She Is to Me."

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