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Pure Disgust

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Pure Disgust, the Bug, Daylight Robbery, Tigress 

When: Tue., Jan. 3, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $5-$7 suggested donation
Part of the exciting NWODCHC (read: “New Wave of D.C. Hardcore”), Pure Disgust are about as subtle as a battering ram in the middle of a good ram. Never mind the elegance of their name; just focus on the pound-pound-pounding away committed via quick-moving guitar wails reminiscent of Minor Threat and the spitfire vocals from front man Rob Watson that sound forged in an ancient, behemoth furnace lording over some D.C. basement. With tracks like “Normalized Death” and “Agents of the Machine” off the self-titled LP—out last summer on the very reliable Katorga Works—and a cover featuring a trashed Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, Pure Disgust no doubt have a sociopolitical bent. However, when songs like these are boiled down to their bare hardcore elements and merged, what’s left is a cohesive mass of rage that sells itself alone. D.C. hardcore is one helluva mythical beast, but Pure Disgust do that scene—and its forefathers—proud.
— Kevin Warwick

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