On Tuesday afternoon, Vice’s music imprint “Noisey” released an exclusive stream of “Tough Love, Hard Feelings,” the debut full-length record from Washington D.C. punk band Loud Boyz.
Released via Cricket Cemetery Records, the album is a ferocious, fast and abrasive modern classic that fits in a lifetime’s worth of emotion in just under 20 minutes of music.
Many may know of Washington D.C’s lasting imprint on punk culture, an undeniable connection formed when the city gave birth to bands such as the Bad Brains, Fugazi, Scream and Minor Threat. If you listen closely, you may be able to hear some of these influences within the layers of the Loud Boyz sound, however their existence is completely unique from bands that made the city they came from famous.
Despite the lasting legacy of punk within the city, Loud Boyz operates independent of those heroes, reminding listeners that not only is new punk music alive in Washington D.C, but around the entire country. When asked about Loud Boyz, Cricket Cemetery Records founder Ian Thompson summarized their bombastic attitude, and how it bleeds into their music.
“They are what they are. They don’t give a fuck what you think,” Thompson said.
“[They’re] too busy playing loud and spitting beer.”
“Tough Love, Hard Feelings” can be purchased through Cricket Cemetery.