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Over the last decade, Indiana has undeniably gained a reputation as a punk hotspot amongst the global punk community, and the new 7” from Big Hog and The Resource Network definitely doesn’t defy that trend. Forming in 2018 and 2017 respectively, they have both become punk staples in the American midwest and at large. After several cassette releases, the pair have finally made their vinyl debut and it doesn’t disappoint.
Big Hog starts out the EP with the spastic, Coneheads-esque riffage of “Primus Gallagher II,” a song which quickly descends into a writhing grime-fest of growling vocals and blaring guitar. The band takes it to more extreme territory with “Jim Carrey,” a jittery ode to the joys of hunting. The track’s hyper instrumentals are somewhat reminiscent of early Meat Puppets records. They round off their side of the split with the slightly more conventional and cantankerous hardcore of “Turbo Grinder” and Big Hog spends the last three seconds doing what they do best—kicking and screaming.
The Resource Network’s contributions turn out to be almost as spastic as their counterparts and their improved musicianship is instantly palpable. “Artificial Flavors” puts singer Alex Beckman’s gravelly, ranting verses at the forefront with him calling out to “find a friend,” only for the band to respond “and forget them!” The jumpy guitars die out and the band leads into the slightly slower, but still frantic, second track, “Fast Fashion.” The song’s lyrics take a clear shot at the ever-changing fashion trends of today and the corporations behind them. They close out the record with “Don’t You,” a breakneck political rant (something every punk record needs at least one of) with an exceedingly simple yet catchy chorus.
With past releases, these bands undoubtedly cemented themselves as two of the defining punk acts of the 2010s and it seems as though the 2020s will be the same.