What the…could not be a more accurate title for Black Flag’s first album in over 28 years. When I first heard about the reunion, I was both excited, and a little confused. Black Flag is the band that taught nearly every hardcore punk band that came after them what punk is, how to party, and how basically to be a punk rock band, so how is it that their new album could be anything less than greatness? Well, it has been far too long. Black Flag broke up in 1986, and it probably should have stayed that way.
Black Flag and lead guitarist Ginn have always had a rough time finding a consistent sound, and the new album is no different. There are a few gems in the rough here, but Black Flag’s attempt to return to former glory has ended in a disastrous crash and burn. Listen to our top track from the album below … or you could just ignore that this album ever happened and just remember Black Flag in its glory days.
Top Tracks: “The Chase”, “No Teeth”, “Down in the Dirt”.