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Salad Days Magazine | February 9, 2023

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Punitive Damage premiere new song ‘Bottom Feeder’

Punitive Damage premiere new song ‘Bottom Feeder’
Salad Days

Debut album ‘This Is The Blackout’ due out 10/14 on Atomic Action Records.

Pacific Northwest hardcore upstarts, Punitive Damage, recently announced their debut full-length, ‘This Is The Blackout’, due out October 14th from Atomic Action Records. The band are back with one more early single, ‘Bottom Feeder’. Flying by in just 18 minutes, ‘This Is The Blackout’ is a blast of concentrated fury that demands the listener’s attention and never lets go. Vocalist Jerkova brings an uncompromising worldview that lends a palpable urgency to the band’s sound, creating a connection between the songs and real life stakes. ‘Bottom Feeder’ follows lead single ‘Drawn Lines’ and finds Punitive Damage tapping into a unique combination of vicious hardcore stomp and primal rock n roll.

photo credit: Clayton Hebenik

Recorded by Taylor Young (Regional Justice Center, God’s Hate, Drain), ‘This Is The Blackout’, sounds like a powder keg ready to explode. Amongst the vicious riffs and lightning fast drums, Jerkova‘s lyrics pull no punches. “A lot of hardcore stuff tends to have some trite bullshit about “my brotherhood” or “don’t disrespect me” but those things just aren’t super relevant to me” she explains. “I wanted to try and really zero in on the things that have impacted me and painted my lens, so I wrote a lot about what I saw and felt as the daughter of immigrants, and the resulting isolation, friction, and disapproval that came from being Mexican in a country with little next to no Mexican or Latin American community”. The result is hardcore at its best–a record that manages to be as deeply lived in and personal as it is unrelenting and aggressive.

‘This Is The Blackout’ tracklist:
1. Pure Bloods / This Is The Sixth Sunrise
2. Nothing
3. Drawn Lines
4. Fool
5. Big Man
6. Race To The Grave
7. Resistance Within A Breath
8. Legacy
9. Sangre Y Oro / The Blight Of Christ
10. Bottom Feeder
11. ¿Que? ¿Me Tienes Miedo Ahora?
12. Leech III
13. This Is The Blackout

Upcoming Shows:
09/24 Vernon, BC @ Record City w/ Bootlicker
10/21 Vancouver, BC @ TBA w/ World Of Pleasure
10/22 Calgary, AB @ Meadowlark Hall w/ Mortality Rate
10/23 Edmonton, AB @ The Aviary w/ Mortality Rate

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