At this point it really feels like an endorsement of Hoax is on par with an endorsement of Taylor Swift (which we’ve done here) or Die Hard (also on the podcast...you should really be listening to that thing), but I figured I would throw my hat in the ring anyways. Hoax seemingly came out of nowhere, with a killer 7”, a maniac singer, and one of the best songs of the year (Faggot). From there they got all internet famous, but strangely enough they actually seemed to deserve it. Subsequent 7”s proved that they weren’t just one-trick ponies, and a seemingly-constant touring schedule helped demonstrate to anyone that cared to watch that the chaos that they put on wax could be duplicated on stage every time.
In other words, Hoax seems to actually be worth the hype. The only problem was that, up until this point, they just had a gaggle of 7”s floating around. Now, I love a good 7” more than most, but I understand that for those outside of the record-collecting world, it seems like a ridiculously small amount of music. Fortunately, some guy (or gal) in Europe got his/her shit together enough to put everything that Hoax has released onto one LP. And listening to it all together really is the way I now prefer to listen to this band.
As for the actual music, I can’t stress enough that you just have to listen to it. It’s raw, it’s catchy-in-a-hardcore-way, it’s hate-filled, it’s filled with themes of alienation and violence...do you really need more incentive then that? No, you don’t. So listen to it. And then send us your thanks. We deserve it.
Buy it here.