“In the age of information ignorance is a choice.” That text screams from the cover of Seized Up‘s Brace Yourself LP, and nails the point of this piece. Yes, it strongly embodies the band’s values. But if you aren’t familiar with Seized Up we’re about to annihilate ignorance and change that. Seized Up formed in Santa Cruz in early 2019 as a verifiable Californian hardcore punk supergroup. Bl’ast singer Clifford Dinsmore barks about societal ills while Fast Asleep guitarist Danny B lets it rip with brash licks. Good Riddance bassist Chuck Platt and drummer Andy Granelli of The Distillers bash out tireless tempos as the band’s gritty rhythm section. Just a few months after the release of Brace Yourself the band is ready to release a new three-song EP, Marching Down the Spiral. Decibel Magazine is exclusively streaming the EP’s title track, courtesy of newly-founded Cursed Blessings Records.
In 71 seconds, Seized Up summon the sound and fury of punk in their EP’s first single. After the opening sprint of distorted guitars, Platt’s bass is the rumbling accomplice to Dinsmore’s venomous condemnations. The ground ‘n’ pound low-end then erupts into a pit-obliterating riff. We miss live shows as much as anyone else. This song feels like you’re back in a ramped club with someone’s sweaty hair thrashing into your mouth between sips of swill. And it’s glorious.
“We’re super stoked to be part of the Cursed Blessings family,” Seized Up says in a statement. “We have known these guys for 20+ years and couldn’t be happier to collaborate with them. We are looking forward to the end of this dismal phase in history and hoping for the day we will be allowed to march back up the spiral out of this pandemic abyss and play kick ass live shows again!”
March your cursor down to the play button and get ready for Seized Up to smash up your day.