Fuel - Take Effect 7" (1990)
Someone requested I post the Take Effect 7" from the awesome early 90's punk band Fuel. Fuel, as most know by now was a Mike Kirsch related band from the Bay Area and forged a sound that I would now consider a tour bus crash of 'Waiting Room' era Fugazi and the majority of the Lookout roster at the time (Monsula et al.). While in essence a derivative, Kirsch has always brought a much needed skill to all the bands he has played in, and that is one of deft songwriting prowess and an ear for catchy melodies.
So I was surfing around my iTunes this Sunday morning, listening to old things, catching up on fellow blogs, I came across this 7" and as is usually the case, was immediately caught by its buoyancy and urgency. Each song is like an anthem for your senses, invigorating even the sleepiest of snowy Sundays. So I finish my morning activities with Fuel and the decision to share this with everyone, the chugging palm muted rhythms propelling me forward, thusly, into a new blog post.
Many are fully in the Kirsch camp of hardcore and will instantly know what I am talking about when I say this 7" rocks (even the instrumental song is great!) and many might wonder who Kirsch is and say, "why should I care?". Because Kirsch cares, and he makes this music for us, and hes been doing a wonderful job of it for damn near 20 years. Take this 7" as proof.
I rest my case.