Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vicious Circle vs. Perdition

In 1985 Flipside Records released this 12" vinyl pitting two Aussie hardcore heavyweights against one another. For many of us American punker types this was our first taste of punk from down under, and we liked it. Vicious Circle come out swinging with some mid-tempo hardcore, great guitar tones and political lyrics. Occasionally VC pushes the tempos a bit but there is something a bit subdued about their side. Perdition don't have the skills or the tones that benefit VC in this bout, but they are a bit more plucky and have a singer that sounds a lot like Dick from the Subhumans. Overall a very cool snapshot of isolationist punk rock from Australia,  but tough to call a winner. Hmmmmmmm. Perdition by a hair.



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

My first Aussie encounter was also a Flipside split: Depression/Gash

Bob White Photographics said...

Very nice.

Anonymous said...

This was one of my favorite LPs. Great thanks!

the hostile apostle said...

i do like splits. thanks aesop!

Anonymous said...

This is outstanding.

Thanks!

FuneralStench said...

Vicious Circle *worship*

dangerclose said...

thanks for posting...been looking for this for a while

Chris said...

Sadly Vicious Circle now sound like a NYHC band. I own their reflections LP and an EP from the 80's that were as you describe them.

Anonymous said...

I ended up in the hospital w/ members of Vicious Circle during an Agnostic Front show.
They said INXS were "homosexuals".