• h 2 o CBGB OMFUG Masters: Bowery Collection (LP, £17.50)

    Recorded August 19th, 2002 at New York City's world famous CBGB's  A full set by these NYC hardcore legends recorded impeccably from the CBGB's soundboard  Relive the glory days of Sunday hardcore matinees with the crew  The band rips through a set of their nostalgic, positive hardcore songs from all their albums, including 5-Year Plan, Spirit of 84 and Thicker Than Water  New York City hardcore band H2O began as a group of friends headed by Sick of It All roadie Toby Morse, who would perform a song called My Love Is Real at shows where there was no opening act. Crowd response encouraged the band to give music a serious try, and their initial membership featured Morse (vocals), Rusty Pistachio (guitar), Eric Rice (bass), and Max Capshaw (drums). H2O's ability to write catchy, melodic riffs while retaining hardcore's full-throttle rush, as well as their straight-edge sensibility and obvious love of hardcore originators like Minor Threat, got them a following along the East Coast. H2O opened for such bands as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rancid and No Doubt and their self-titled debut was released in 1996.

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