Honor Role

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The second and final full-length album from Richmond, VA's criminally overlooked Honor Role. Released in 1989 on Homestead, what was then one of the hippest indie rock label's going, the ten-song platter disappeared when the label began to slip into irrelevance in the early '90s, but its stinging style was well-remembered (and treasured) by those who heard it. The combination of Pen Rollings' winding, roaring guitar trails banked against the bitter, declarative vocals of Bob Schick made for a stirring combination. Songs like "Listening to Sally," "Following Footprints," and "Salty Tears" sliced through the stagnant pool of post-hardcore like a hot knife through butter. Burgeoning guitar explorers Fugazi, along with a host of other D.C. bands ---where Honor Role often performed and had some of their most dedicated fans -- were influenced by this record's amalgam of keen emotional insight and tough, wiry guitar. Thankfully, Merge Records did the world a great favor by issuing the entire Honor Role catalog on a single CD, the indispensable Album.

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