Back in 1981, NEGATIVE APPROACH (along with The Meatmen and the Necros) were one of the
dominant forces in the Detroit underground. The ravages of the Motor City made it a perfect breeding ground for
this cacophony, later termed “hardcore.” Hordes of punks packed the legendary Freezer Theatre to John
Brannon’s jagged, gruff vocals, the McCulloch brothers’ (Rob and Graham) guitar/bass gnash, and OP Moore’s
Long out of print, NA originally released this 10-Song 7” EP in 1982 to a limited pressing of 3000 on
Touch and Go Records. The band’s minimalist (read: 30 second songs) and aggressive brand of punk has
inspired countless hardcore bands around the globe. Their influence continues today with the 2010 publications
of Tesco Vee’s Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ‘77-’83 (Bazillion Points) and of Tony
Rettman’s Why Be Something You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985 (Revelation Records)—which both feature
NA’s John Brannon on their covers. Having disbanded in 1985, Negative Approach reunited in 2006 for Touch
and Go’s 25th Anniversary and have been playing shows and touring ever since.
Now remastered by John Golden, the legendary 10-Song 7” EP is once again available for past, present,
and future hardcore fans.
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