Arts Desk

Coming Soon From Dischord: New Punk, Old Punk

Big week for news from Camp Dischord. The label has a pair of archival releases from two O.G. D.C. hardcore outfits: a reissue of Faith's 1983 EP Subject to Change that will also include tracks from the group's original 1981 demo; and Void's Sessions 1981-83, a 34-track collection of old demos, live tracks, and outtakes.

Also exciting: Office of Future Plans, the newish band led by Jawbox/Burning Airlines/Channels vet J. Robbins, is releasing its first full-length this fall on Dischord, the label tweeted yesterday (hat-tip to Erica Bruce). The band (which also features cellist/guitarist Gordon Withers, drummer Darren Zentek, and bassist Brooks Harlan) waged a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to fund its debut single, "Harden Your Heart," doubling what it requested in donations.

To my ears, Office of Future Plans is Robbins' heaviest, most severe, most muscular project—out of all of his bands, it probably hews closest to Jawbox, but it's also much sludgier. At Fort Reno yesterday, the band even had a few metal moments.

Incidentally, how punk-rock was last night's Fort Reno show? By the numbers: Three members of Fugazi in the crowd. Bands led by ex-members of Jawbox and Q & Not U. Title Tracks covering 3's "Swann Street" (!!). Nothing felt too forward-thinking, but hey, looking backward isn't always so bad.

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