If you had to describe hardcore punk in a few words, what would they be? Snotty? Loud? Abrasive? All of those could and have been used to describe the genre. No city has embodied these characteristics than Cleveland. As previously profiled with The H-100s, Cleveland has a very proud history within the realm of hardcore punk. While the likes of Tony Erba deserve acclaim, there are others that can not be forgotten. The drummer of The H-100s, Wedge is a bit of a Clevo legend in his own right. A Burning Spirits-phile, Wedge has brought his personal touch into the likes of Gordon Solie Motherfuckers, 9 Shocks Terror, and Inmates.
Inmates is a bit of a supergroup. It also features Paul (of Cider, The Darvocets, Ruiners), Aaron Melnick (AKA A2 of Integrity AKA one of the greatest guitarists in hardcore ever), Leon Melnick (AKA Micha of Integrity and of In Cold Blood). Inmates has the pacing of a Burning Spirits band with the rhythms / vocals of an 81-86 USHC band. It is really a beautiful thing and they never fail to bring it. Look out for their new album that just dropped on Painkiller. This is Assholes Unanimous & their Government Crimes record.