Published Jul 05, 2019It simply doesn't get more hardcore than the Take. Formed by ex-Biohazard vocalist Scott Roberts and Madball/Agnostic Front drummer Will Shepler, the Take set the record straight on New York hardcore, and reintroduces a sound still brimming with potential. Just don't call it "old." These mugs have more fire in their veins than 90 percent of so-called punk bands today.
Between smashing accusations of scene racism in "The Skins Are Out Tonight" and "No Tolerance," and the unsubtle "Class War," the Take aren't afraid of taking on tough issues. As far as pure listening pleasure goes, "Place the Blame" takes the cake, but things get more interesting when the Take dive into pricklier territory. Donald Trump's name never pops up directly, but it's hard to take tracks like "Revolution Now" as anything other than a smackdown of the current system.
The Take have succeeded in everything they set out to do. They've captured the brilliant energy of the late '80s scene and presented it, warts and all, for a new audience. They take hard issues by the horns, smash the old stereotypes and given the old diehards something new to spin while they righteously rampage through their respective hometowns once again. This time, it seems, the boys are truly back in town. (Demons Run Amok)