84. THE ROPES “Vietnam II” CS

On their fourth cassette release, THE ROPES let loose another turbulent whirlwind of caustic urban hardcore with lyrics of isolated life on the fringes and riffs that hearken a timeless adolescent enthusiasm before everything went horribly wrong. Initially self-released in an edition of 100 cassettes on a weekend summer tour, the original 4-track tapes have been fully revamped and remixed by Ian Jacyszyn (VEINS, SUBURBANITE) for maximum force, including a jaw-dropping version of “22 Going On 23” by BUTTHOLE SURFERS. Presented on black chrome cassettes in meticulous, handcrafted fold-over flap box covers and inserts.

Listen to “Gonna Get Through to You” & “22 Going On 23”: