The Rock Garden

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You may be surprised enough to discover this L.A.-by-way-of-Columbus, OH trio was still going -- you might remember their college radio hit "Danger in Those Eyes" from a decade prior, the golden age of that medium -- let alone that, as the liner notes claim, they've recorded over 21 records since 1983. Holy cannoli. However, if you've not heard of them, it's not your fault. For various reasons, only nine of those 21 have ever been released by their own label, Bravo. But The Rock Garden, once again recorded by Steve Albini in his busy Chicago basement, is easily available. This is just the sort of loud, raw, thick, spontaneous sound that's Albini's gift to indie music, from the most fledgling, broke band to Nirvana's wild In Utero. More importantly, as befits their experience, Eurogression is one of the tightest and most exciting bands to survive his "record everything live in as few takes as possible" policy. Guitarist/writer/singer Tasos has one of those urgent qualities in his full-throated voice that marks the best of this style, from Squirrel Bait to Moving Targets to dozens of Dischord bands, and the group burns with conviction to match the fire in their playing.