Thursday, January 13, 2011

Harum Scarum - Mental Health (2004)


Harum-Scarum was an female-fronted punk band hailing from Portland, Oregon. The band released three LPs, a 7”, a split EP with Stupor, a demo cassette, and a live LP.The band played a style of music that has been referred to as anarcho or crust punk. Harum-Scarum frequently used political and social topics, some of them controversial, for song material. For example, the band sampled a clip from convicted murderess Aileen Wuornos as an introduction to their song Systematic Death as featured on their LP entitled Mental Health."

Harum Scarum is bringing back the old school sound of bands like Antischism, Conflict, and Anti-Product with their anarcho-punk lyrics and crust as all fuck sound with a slight hint of d-beat thrown in and awesome vocals. This female fronted band pacts a lot of energy into their music which makes for a great listening experience. When listening to Harum Scarum, you can just hear all the emotion and passion they put into their music and the topics they touch will really get you back into the spirit. If you're a fan of stuff like Ballast, Contravene, To What End?, etc then be sure to check this album out!

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