Botch, “Transictions from Persona to Object”, We are the Romans
In 1999 Seattle’s Space Needle was no longer the world’s tallest metaphor for heroin abuse, and Tacoma/Seattle quartet Botch were about to redefine a genre with the hyperkinetic guitar squalls and contortionist rhythms of We Are the Romans. The band pushed themselves to the absolute outer limits of what hardcore was capable of. Botch’s approach – to combine brain-numbing complexity with a lyric sheet full of red herrings and offbeat poetry – was the electrifying epitaph of a band that quit while it was way ahead.
- “We are the Romans”, Mike Diver
- “We are the Romans”, J. Bennett