Minority of One (Revelation)

Dag Nasty 

Minority of One (Revelation)

Beware the reformed punk band, too often more concerned with raising funds than consciousness. The abrupt resurrection of Dag Nasty, the D.C. melodic hardcore gang a full decade removed from its last album, ain't exactly a Sex Pistols-style rock and roll swindle, but these cats certainly didn't reform and cut the brand-spankin'-new Minority of One to make a bombastic, dog-launching cultural statement.

For a band with such a pedigree (past and present bands: Bad Religion, Down by Law, Fugazi, Minor Threat) and sphere of influence (such old Dischord releases as Wigged Out at Denko's are credited with helping to kick-start emo), Minority feels curiously static. You'll dig the fired-up melodic punk edge these dudes thrive on, and the nervous "Ghosts" is a great way to start the nostalgia trip: "Everything I do/Everywhere I go/I see a memory of what we used to know." But the riffs and hooks mostly belly-flop, and prodigal frontman Dave Smalley sounds a bit nasal and lame as he hopscotches through standard-issue punk statements. This reunion trip isn't offensive, but there's not much offense either.

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