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The Lurid Traversal of Route 7

Obviously Hoover is a Washington, DC band influenced by postpunk—what else would you expect from a Dischord release—but I have a feeling that if this band had originated from some metropolis like New York or Chicago, it might have landed on a different label. Fugazi must rank high on Hoover’s list of favorite bands, but Slint must also make an appearance on it. The Lurid Traversal of Route 7 quickly settles down from the fast-paced race of the first two songs, letting the welcoming tones of the guitar interplay take over the wheel, the high volume sitting comfortably in the back seat. “Route 7” is a breathtaking instrumental. The lyrics border on Art with a capital A: vague, yet full of meaning. Is this mellow punk? Is there such a thing? Find out for yourself.

Originally published in Ink Nineteen in April 1994.