In the realm of great post-hardcore, a few names come to mind: Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Unwound, but it wasn’t until recently that I was exposed to an early 90’s outlet, whom I believe deserves to be counted among those great artists who would go on to influence the ever-prominent screamo and noise rock of the early 2000s. Having already released a solid debut in 1991, Drive Like Jehu released Yank Crime through Interscope Records in ‘94, and went on to disband in ‘95. They were a short lived experiment in heavy noise, frantic musicality, and testing the ever-shifting boundaries of punk music, and Yank Crime was their masterpiece.
Here Come The Rome Plows: The LP starts off consumed by intense chaos. Drive Like Jehu immediately demonstrate the driving force and energy of any proper hardcore punk act, but with a wild, unshackled slant. They come across almost, at first, as a noisier Fugazi. Rick Froberg’s anxious screams truly embody the track’s musical agitation.