Rather than calming down—to any degree—Tucson's longest-standing hard-core punk band, Bloodspasm, remains devoted to its roots and playing harder, faster and heavier than ever.
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 is a batch of songs recorded this year: 15 defiant tracks of buzz-saw guitars, pummeling drums and speed-shouted lyrics.
"No Place to Play" is at once an homage to all those now-closed clubs that hosted Bloodspasm and their punk brethren over the years, and a mission statement for those who keep going. "They say Tucson punk is dead / Every day another eulogy read / But the music is too strong / You can beat it down but not for long," sings Bob McKinley, listing the joints that have come and gone. It's a rallying cry that promises the punks will always find another place to play.
On "Whatever Happened to Rock and Roll," McKinley's lyrics express shock that punk fans these days are going for the look instead of the music. Calling out a party of mohawks that didn't even play punk records, his reply is: "No way did Sid die for this!"
"I know what happened to rock and roll / it was bought and sold as yuppie fare / and for the first time in fifty years / most of the kids just don't care!"
The record ends with two hidden tracks, recorded during a practice at the Spasm House in 1986 with the late guitarist Paul Young. The band would probably hate a paraphrase of Paul Simon, but Bloodspasm is still punk after all these years.