What Studio 52 Says: Hardcore punk quartet Labor Hex have been restless since their inception a mere two years ago. Their latest EP, Nothing is Real, dropped early last month and hit the scene like a punch in the mouth. The buzz around the record has been monstrous and for good reason; though it sneaked in during the last month of 2019, it’s without a doubt one of the most superb Boston hardcore records released in quite some time.
Nothing is Real surges forward from the start with Bane-esque banger “The Twist” that promptly introduces Mike Gowell’s volatile guitar licks and Evan Kenney’s erupting vocals. The rhythm section of bassist Greg Weeks and drummer Chris Bevilacqua pour gas on it all and light it ablaze creating a pyre that rages incessantly for the entirety of the EP. The band opted for a direct-to-tape recording for Nothing is Real and the result is so crisp and booming that it’s nearly impeccable. If the tape picked up any blemishes, we sure as hell haven’t heard them.