"Start Today" (Revelation, 1989)
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This was one of the first albums I bought when, in 1997, I seriously got the hardcore bug and started listening to late '80s stuff that I'd only heard about until then. #GorillaBiscuits were high on my list because of my already-existing love for CIV, so I was thrilled when I finally came upon a copy of "Start Today" (on CD, then). I was even more thrilled when I listened to it - it was one of the first albums to make me realize there was actually something incredibly deep to this whole punk rock thing, and moreover, to make me think reflectively about my life and my place in the world. It has never lost an ounce of its power and appeal for me, partially because it's not just a good record or a nostalgic one, but in fact a great one – a really, truly well-written masterpiece of a record that deserves every bit of its classic status. #RevelationRecords and the "youth crew"-led second wave of HC had only existed for a couple years, but with "Start Today" you can already hear GB pushing hardcore (for the second time) into more melodic and thoughtful territory, which it would explore eagerly in the early '90s - a shift that Rev had a huge hand in supporting. There's so much nuance in these fast stage-dive anthems that you can listen to it as a pop record just as much as an #NYHC classic.
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Pressing: undated (thick vinyl, purchased in mid-2000s)
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