Last month, Bad Brains announced they would be releasing a new album, Into the Future, in November, their first since 2007's Build a Nation. Five years is a long time between albums, but for aging punk rockers, it's just about the standard. Some seem to take even longer. What is it that's so hard about pumping out a few short, fast, hard-hitting jams every few years?
Perhaps it's overthinking the writing of ultimately simplistic music or perhaps there's just a laziness that sets in with old age. Even so, seeing Bad Brains finally dragging out new material got us thinking. Some of these elder statesmen hardcore punk bands are still great, and could still deliver excellent new material if only they would get to work on it. Just who are we holding out for, though?
It's been since 2004 that this band of hardcore nerds put out a new album, but we know their raucousness hasn't abated. We saw them prove they can still hang with a young crowd earlier this year at Free Press Summer Fest. If not for the gray hairs, you'd never suspect these guys are all pushing 50.
Houston's local contribution to the '80s hardcore punk and thrash scene has unfortunately been delaying a new record since 1995. They still tour (they last hit Houston in 2011, a video of which is captured above) and we know they can still hold their own, but for whatever reason a new album never seems to materialize.
3. Gorilla Biscuits
One of the original straight edge pioneers, Gorilla Biscuits originally broke up in 1991, becoming one of many extremely short lived and extremely influential hardcore punk bands. The guys got back together in 2005, but since then the only new music has been a very limited two-song 7-inch release in 2006. It's hard to imagine they haven't come up with anything else new in the past seven years of touring together again, including a stop to Houston's old Meridian in 2006 and a stop at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2009 (seen above).
2. Negative Approach
A classic Motor City hardcore punk band, they've been back on duty since 2006, but still haven't recorded any new music since 1983. They showed us they've still got it when they came through Houstonwith OFF! just a few weeks ago.
1. Suicidal Tendencies
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It's been 12 years since their last album, but unlike the other bands on this list that have mostly remained mum on the prospect of new music, Sucidal front man Mike Muir has consistently and openly discussed new material, glorifying it in no uncertain terms.
Where is all this great new stuff, though? Presumably sitting in a vault somewhere while the band continues to work on it. It's about time to put up or shut up though. I mean, 12 years is long enough. Let's actually hear some of this, huh?