I guess if I’d have stopped to figure it out or think about it, I would have realized that Red Scare is ‘only’ 15 years young. It seems like they’ve been around forever, but I guess it makes sense that they are THE sound of the new millennium.

Certainly, they have consistently proven to more than emulate, and indeed, to help define what the more melodic end of punk and hardcore actually sound like over the last decade and a half.

If Epitaph and then very quickly FAT both gestated and represented that 90s sound, Red Scare have picked up that blazing torch, reassembled and reinvigorated it, and hurled it headlong into this century. And then some. To celebrate (I’m not a drinker, but have felt the hot tears of pure joy), there’s 15 (needless to say) artists from the current Red Scare roster with a track a piece.

It’s hard to pick out standouts when the whole damn pack itself is leading, but I’ll mention my two faves—Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds add a suitably genius twist to a Lillingtons standout, managing in this incarnation to channel the best of Captain Sensible and Atom and his Package in a wonderful, electro-pop gem, while The Bombpops channel Blink 182 at their pop-punk perfect pinnacle, albeit with lush, female vocals.

Then again, it’s not as if the likes of The Copyrights, Elway, Garret Dale, and Ramona are also-rans. Fifteen years to date, not a misstep to be seen, and they’re still reaching for the stars. Long live the comrades at Red Scare.

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