„hope: and songs to sing“ is the 2nd album of this Boston based posthardcore band, that disbanded already in 2002 after recording these songs. Now, years later, Altin Village put out these recordings that have never been released yet in a limited circulation of only 300 LPs.
Influential bands often combine many different approaches to music. Listening to early records of bands like Descendents, Adolescents or Circle Jerks makes me feel how punk/hardcore once sounded before the sound of modern bands became either „punk“ or „hardcore“ and only seldom remain both. While listening to this Eulcid record I get a similar feeling: „hope: and songs to sing“ is strongly influenced by the early 90ies DC sound but it delivers lots of different facets. This three piece plays flawless posthardcore, their singer got a bright voice, the songs are technically matured and come along with lots of ideas. After starting the record player and listening to the groovy „the peoples grocery company“ I ask myself if I accidentally started a Fugazi record. The song „word of the mouth“ sounds so familiar to me however I can't find the song on one of my Le Shok releases. In turn „(i heard it) on the radio“ is a catchy pop punk tune. Although these influences are pretty different the record doesn't sound that erratic, Euclid harmonize all this together.
It's a shame that I never noticed Eulcid while they were still together. Of course this is not a modern classic like Fugazi or At The Drive-In but nevertheless a stunning posthardcore record!