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Hospital Grade
Written Axe to Trigger
Urinine Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Canada's Hospital Grade is an early 90's DC band breathing life up north in 2004. Very post-punk, very Jawbox-sounding and pretty refreshing, a lot of good things have been coming from Canada in these past few years.

Listening to this album takes me right back to the end of my high school days when I finally realized what Fugazi was taking about. I was about to step into the real world (or the sub-real world of college) and try to find how and where I fit. Nearly 10 years later I discovered I'm still not certain.

Hospital Grade means what they say. They seem like they'll have no problem fighting for what they believe in. Remember when you first heard Pegboy sing "Strong Reaction" and you wondered how punk rock ethos could sound both intimidating and enjoyable? It's the same boat with these guys. They will yell their hearts out to tell you what they believe in, but the harmonies and music are far from hardcore sounding. Never do they move too fast to be enjoyed. They give you time to take it in and make an attempt to understand what they are saying.

Track 4: "Serial Celebrity," is correct in assuming that I "like what I see, what I hear" in this album. It's refreshing to hear a band that still stands by a set of strong beliefs and wouldn't back down before fighting for it.

If you miss Naked Raygun, search out Hospital Grade.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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