The Wilderness is the site of an American Civil War battle, near Fredericksburg, Virginia. It is also the title of this new 7" from REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, the Baltimore band that includes Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith, Alloy, Dead Ending), J Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) as well as Erik Denno and Darren Zentek (both Kerosene 454 and Oswego). The battle of the Wilderness was famous for being fought in dense underbrush that caught fire and consumed both sides. The single is incendiary and relentless. Backed with a very special cover version of Motörhead‘s Just 'Cos You Got the Power.
Another politically charged punk EP in 2016? Yeah. This could've been horrible, but instead it manages to be great. It seems that J. Robbins can always manage to get amazing musicians together to create great music with him. The female vocals are sick too. Feels like early pixies. needsmorerage
I've been a fan of J's music for a very long time. Some of the best songs from the entirety of J's discography (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, and Office of Future Plans) are re-recorded here with very stripped-down instrumentation. J's singing voice only gets stronger and more eloquent with the passage of time.
The acoustic version Lorelei gives me goosebumps, and the recording of "68" nearly brought me to tears.
A must have for anyone who's a fan of J.s music. Stephen Reeder