I had second thoughts about buying the latest release from React Records...the Gone But Not Forgotten Seattle Crew '08 demo. A cassette tape? Seriously? I have no interest in buying tapes again. The format sucks. Plain and simple. However, since it was released on React (limited to 300 and are now sold out), I wanted to show my support for the label and buy one. Gone But Not Forgotten play a straight ahead, Hardcore style that you would expect from React. They have a great sound that reminds me of Brotherhood. I love it when bands offer free downloads of their demo...what a great way to get the word out. So if you don't want to waste your time with cassette tapes, you can grab the mp3s here.
In addition to the GBNF demo, React is also helping Effort Fanzine with their distribution in North America. Fanzines are another long forgotten format...another casualty due to the internet. To be honest, I lost interest in fanzines years ago. This one seems different though...a step above anything else. This issue of Effort is THICK...bound like a book, instead of stapled together. Plus the interviews are long and very well done. Seriously, I'm impressed. Interviews with The First Step, Mindset, Anthony Pappalardo on the Radio Silence book, and Justice. I haven't been this interested in a fanzine in a long time. Nicely done.