Saturday, September 7, 2013

2:20 LP

When you're as big of a Norwegian hardcore fan as I am, you aren't satiated by new Norwegian bands nearly as often as you deserve to be, so you just go back to the classics. However, there were a few noteworthy bands in the last decade, and 2:20 was definitely one of them. I read somewhere that they named their band after the belief that no punk song should be longer than 2 minutes and 20 seconds, which I mostly agree with (there are exceptions of course). 2:20 fits more in the gruff and melodic category, but certainly still offer enough intensity to measure up to bands like SO MUCH HATE and JIN'RIK'SHA. This LP is brimming with brilliant guitar lines and is fronted by the distinguished Tor Idar from CAPTAIN NOT RESPONSIBLE. Other reference points include LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? and maybe a tad bit of LEATHERFACE (the go-to gruff/melodic comparison band, but 2:20 is much better!), but the Norwegian roots here are undeniable, and that's what carries this band and makes this LP unique in the wide spectrum of international hc punk. A record that came and went for some folks, but still sounds great and feels relevant to me. 


  1. Thanks for this. Do you have anything by Dangerman or the Bone Idles?

  2. I recently got a copy of the Bone Idles 10", I can post that in the near future. I saw a copy of the Dangerman LP in Minneapolis last month and stupidly passed it up (it was only 2$ !) I was being thrifty and I guess feared it might suck. I regret not letting my curiosity get the better of me, but oh well...