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The First Step What We Know


01. Time To Understand 02. Get Wise MP3 03. Peace 04. No Way To Live 05. Learning 06. What We Know 07. Pursuit Of Happiness 08. As It Is 09. Face The Pain 10. Take Control 11. No Good Reason 12. A New Reality
2006 Rivalry Records
Our score 6

by Cory
10/8/2006

When the First Step's debut, Open Hearts and Clear Minds, came out four years ago I gave it a few listens but it didn't jump out at me as something particularly promising. Someone apparently knew something I didn't though, because from beginning to end, What We Know is a strong effort. Apparently "produced" by Youth of Today/Gorilla Biscuits' Walter Schreifels, (although recorded and mixed by two other different engineers in two separate locations) this record oozes old school style and "posi" intensity. Fans of DC punk and SoCal hardcore should be into this updated take on classic sounds. Every so often, I can't help but find something endearing about the optimistic (although usually naive) energy of a youth crew hardcore band. The First Step possess that inexplicable likability that many of their peers just don't and it is what makes this record work when it otherwise shouldn't. I'm not discounting what they do, as it is hard to write a hardcore song that doesn't immediately sound like something else and there are dozens of nice little riffs and flourishes throughout the record, but at the end of the day, it's just fairly basic hardcore. The First Step just have an evident and appealing personality that comes through in their music. It's not something that holds up particularly well to intense scrutiny, but it does make for a nice occasional listening kind of hardcore disc. Aside from its by-the-numbers nature, the disc's only other flaw is a handful of recording inconsistencies, namely some distractingly loud cymbal in a few tracks. Other than that, it's a basic hardcore fan's wet dream. It doesn't tread so far from the established formula that it becomes a challenging listen, but it does offer enough of a unique perspective to be largely memorable. Bottom Line: Once you've heard a couple hundred hardcore bands playing the same basic style, it becomes hard to really love any of them. The ones that do succeed seem to be the ones that offer more than just posturing and competence. With plenty of presence and personality, The First Step do just that. What We Know is a competent release for the genre and should solidify the group's following.

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anonymous 10/8/2006 9:44:45 PM

this band is OK


weightsfootballandsex_ 10/8/2006 9:46:09 PM

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WEIGHTZ_ 10/8/2006 9:47:24 PM

STFU CORY YOUR JITT-GARGLING gayG-DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


joshua_ 10/8/2006 11:45:36 PM

this band is good. should be rated higher than a six.


CuntSnot_ 10/9/2006 10:12:43 AM

BRO IT UP!


Justincredible_ 10/9/2006 10:33:43 AM

this is a great album, this should be an 8/10


Konstrix_ 10/9/2006 10:38:39 AM

TFS is awesome


Yeahyouwould_ 10/9/2006 4:32:58 PM

good cd


anthony_ 10/9/2006 10:59:01 PM

good band. horrible live show though


Akuma_ 10/10/2006 12:05:19 AM

Your review did not keep it Posi


Hardcore sucks_ 10/10/2006 9:06:38 AM

hardcore sucks metal is much better


wolfpack_ 10/10/2006 11:35:42 AM

great album..gay reviewer


asdf!_ 10/12/2006 2:29:21 AM

reviewer just can't recognize quality hardcore at it's best. should be a 9/10 at least! best hc album in 2006.


fuckthisreviwer_ 10/12/2006 1:00:33 PM

its funny because i bet the reviewers for hardcore albums are f*cking greasy ass metalheads. all metalheads should die a grusome death like in their songs. haha


METALHEAD_ 10/15/2006 11:14:45 PM

f*ck hardcore gays^ METALHEADS RULES THE NIGHT


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