new music: minority threat’s ‘culture control’ is an instant hardcore classic #soundcheck

February 4, 2016

With a name like Minority Threat (and a photo of the band freezing in mid-air) there’s really only two ways this could have gone: kinda corny NOFX-style pop punk overripe with movie catchphrases and “jokes” that are doomed to be dated in a week at least half of which are borderline misogynistic, or blistering issues-based hardcore with an innate sixth sense what to take seriously and what not to. Luckily for us, it’s the second. Minority Threat’s Culture Control is the kind of smart and fierce bare knuckled hardcore that’s destined to become a classic.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor

Taking on police brutality (“Protect and Serve”), sexual violence (“Scum”), gentrification and cultural appropriation (“Whitewashed”), macho hardcore bros (“Pit Hero”), and racist beauty standards (“Who”), Minority Threat hold nothing back in their indictment of 2010’s America. With the fire of Minor Threat at their best (that would be either “In My Eyes” or “Look Back and Laugh”), Culture Control winks at, pays homage to, builds on, and then moves past that seminal influence. This is hardcore punk at its best.