RADVENT Day 18: Fugazi’s “The Argument”

For the first 24 days of December, Radio in Opposition and guests will share with you one very special album, one day at a time. We call it RADVENT.

Almost halfway through RADVENT and today’s suggestion is from Jordan Miller, drummer for Maryland’s Time Columns, who are currently in the studio working on a new full-length.

I’ve been listening to this record since I was a kid and I still get excited every time I hear it. Fugazi was a game changer for me when I was young and finding myself musically. The first time I heard the record “13 Songs” in middle school I was blown away and it opened me up to a whole other side of music. I had grown up with classic rock and rock radio but Fugazi was something else entirely. They weren’t quite punk rock, weren’t quite progressive, but had a whole different edge that kept them out of the mainstream. I’d never heard a band use noise and guitars in that way before, blending rock songs with artfully restrained chaos. Still with all this going on the songs were honest, raw, often political and angry and best of all, they were local! These guys were from DC and they were making sounds like this and they ran their own record label? It was then that I realized that everything the general public told you about making it in music was bullshit. If what you’re making is genuine and good then you’ll find an audience and you don’t need to “climb the ladder”, you can just build your own ladder and climb that shit.

The Argument was Fugazi’s last record and understandably their most polished. Definitely one best listened to from front to back, blasting out of your stereo at full volume. Some of my favorite tracks are “Cashout”, “Full Disclosure”, “The Kill” and “Argument”. If you don’t know the band or the record then just go listen to the record.