Insult To Injury – Hostile Behavior EP – 1993
Oh man. From Chicago, Illinois, USA – it’s Insult To Injury. What can I say? This band is the hardest, most shredding, fastest, toughest, meanest, ass kickin’est motherfuckin’ hardcore band to ever come out of Chicago. No Fucking Shit. Not only can you file this record right next to your Infest 7″ alphabetically, but you can also file it right next to Infest in your heart.
Most hardcore bands from Chicago, with a few notable exceptions, are a bunch of pussies. That’s just an indisputable Fact. They might sound tough, they might play fast, but really, they’re just a bunch of pale, skinny college kids with nice equipment. Insult To Injury, on the other hand – they’re the real fuckin’ deal.
Ok, Ok, they might be pale and skinny, but these dudes scared the shit out of me when I was a teenager. Just listen to this ass ripping record and you, too, will have your shit scared out of your own self. (?) Read the lyrics. They revolve around three key themes: 1)Beating the shit out of motherfuckers who ask for it. 2)Having a fucked up life/childhood. 3)Believing in yourself and living by your own rules. Oh, and listen to the goddamn singer. He gives the guy from Verbal Assault a real run for his money in the ‘yell at a thousand miles an hour’ category. Before I start to sound like Bruce Roehrs and ejaculate excessive amounts of adjectives about how much this band fucking kicks ass, let me just say this: If you like hardcore punk, you will love I II I. If you think you like hardcore punk, but you don’t like this record, then fuck off and die. “.”
So far as I am concerned, this 10 song, 8 minute long record is their crowning acheivement. They also released a split 7″ with 10-96 (which rules – see the link in my first post), and a split 7″ with Mexican Power Authority, (yeah – the post-Neos band). If anyone has a copy of that record, I WANT IT. I also found a copy of a CD that the band released several years later. Unfortunately, on the CD they had abandoned the ripping mosquito guitars, brain boggling bass lines and lightning speed drumming that made their early releases so unique, in favor of a more moshy/NYHC sound. It’s still a good hardcore record, but not as gonad grindingly good as their early material. If anyone has or knows of any other material, please comment! They do have an old Myspace with a few songs from the CD, and a pretty radical write up on how they were viewed in the ‘scene’:
By the way, I never saw this band play, I never heard anyone ever mention them, I never even saw one of their T-shirts. They were basically unknown in the more well-known Chicago punk ‘scene’ of the 90’s. I found out about them from their split 7″ with 10-96.
Here’s A video I made for the song ‘Nothing To Lose’. Lyrics are included, so be sure to sing along!
Click the link below to download high quality 320 Kbps Mp3 files and complete cover scans in a .zip archive. Enjoy!