Committed suicide with a shotgun. Metal as fuck!

So. Bands break up. It sucks, but that’s the way of things. For most of them, the reason is pure and simple; on some level, they suck. Whether it’s only a little, or harder than a $20 hooker, it doesn’t matter; the world doesn’t lose a whole bunch. The members go on with their lives, and probably go on to make a greater impact in other areas of society. Like dancing for my amusement.

Then there are bands that are forced into submission for other reasons: money, conflict – both personal and artistic – or sometimes the fanbase only comes after they’re long gone.

This is a chronicle of those bands. Most you will not have heard of, for the very reason that they’re not even around to promote themselves any more. But trust me, they are bands that you really really should have heard of.

For the third week in a row we have a band whose name begins with an ‘M’ (and it ain’t the last by a long shot): Majority Rule

First thing’s first: Virginia’s Majority Rule were really fucking good. Even Mitch likes them. This is a high bar to surpass.

I really don’t know that much about them to be honest. I know there were three of them: Kevin Lamiell on bass & vocals, Pat Broderick on drums and Matt Michel on guitar and backing vocals. I know that they were fiercely DIY and highly political, although given that I can’t understand word one of their lyrics, I’d be hard pushed to prove this. I also know that they had some damn gnarly tunes.

01. A Prescription
02. It’s Too Late
03. American Feature
04. Are Forever
05. 49 Words
06. Boeing

Take their 2002 EP Emergency Numbers for example. Six tracks, not a dud among them. I mean sure, EPs generally have a higher level of quality control due to their short nature, but this is a stunner. Full of raw punk awesomeness, and not a lame-ass bro-down in sight.

This was back when punk was good, too. I have no real right to talk about ‘the good old days’ like I was there – I’m only 22 (going on 35) – but I know that these guys, and the others that I’m sure I’ll come to, really fucking meant it. How hard can you mean some of the crap that people come up with these days? You’re middle class and probably grew up on Wisteria Lane; get real.

The band did a decent amount of splits too, including one with the legendary pg.99. Pretty fucking cool, no? They are Documented.

Check out the following; a few favourites of mine.

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A gem of a find (if not great audio quality, but it captures the general feel of the band) in this 30+ minute live set.

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Like I said, I know practically nothing else about them. I don’t know if any of them have been in any bands since, or now, but if they have/are, I bet they’re fucking sick.

– CG

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