Every Record I Own - Day 283: Dag Nasty Can I Say
I always preferred the early hardcore albums that came out of DC over the stuff happening in California or New York or Boston. The balance of politics, self-reflection, and negation of violence were more to my tastes than, say, Agnostic Front and Slapshot. And even beyond the overall mindset of the community, I always felt like DC had the most musically exciting bands. Considering what was going on in American hardcore in 1986, Dag Nasty’s debut album is a pretty interesting step forward—there’s the gritty melodies of Revolution Summer’s proto-emo sound mixed with some ‘80s hard rock flourishes and the vestiges of Minor Threat’s anthemic hardcore— but there was so much great stuff came out of the city during that decade that Can I Say still tends to get overshadowed by all the Fugazi-related projects.