“Growing up in such a small area, I wasn't exposed to a lot of punk rock. This album was the first time that I’d heard chord changes being made so quickly, but they still made the vocals move. The aggression came through in how fast everything was played and how stiff the palm-muting was. Instead of alternate picking, the idea was to play these songs as hard as possible.
“The band is very pop, too, which becomes more interesting when you listen to the record later on. But when I heard it back in the day, all I could think was, ‘This is badass!’ The band sounded like they didn’t care about anything but playing a great rock show. I appreciated that then, and I still do.”