HUMANITY IN THE REALM OF PUNK!
This record, a split recording pairing Potbelly from Washington State with Marjinal from Jakarta, Indonesia. I saw Potbelly at Café Nela a few years ago and it was a great show. Certainly, a hardcore band, but they obviously had wider musical tastes that came out in their songs and playing while still staying within the realm of hardcore. And singer Jason isn’t your typical hardcore shouter. In a way he reminds me of Shawn Stern from Youth Brigade in that he actually sings with a fine vibrato. He can shout too and can also lead a hooky, stadium rock style chant as in the song Felony Girls. Like Jason Potbelly, Marjinal singer Mike actually sings. Chuck Dukowski once described the singer of The Cheifs as having a “soulful” voice. He pointed out that he did not mean they sounded like The O’Jay’s or something like that. He meant that he sang from the heart and was really putting something from deep inside into his delivery. Both bands also promote human decency and fight against racism and sexism. The title implies that we are all one and 'borders' are an unnecessary evil. Marjinal, one of the most popular bands on the Indonesian scene today, not only promote music but also operate a soup kitchen for the massive quantities of orphans on the streets of Jakarta. -Jaime Pina (45 Grave/Christian Death)
“This is something that will intrigue and satisfy you.” – Punk Globe
“[Potbelly] has done multiple split seven-inch records with bands they grew up on, Like The Accüsed. D.O.A., and MDC.” – Amazon.com
“Potbelly bring to mind DRI meets Gangrene.” – Razorcake
“Marjinal have created a unique brand of punk, combining music, art and activism.” – Inside Indonesia
“Marjinal has not focused exclusively on creating music for punk audiences, but has worked to find pragmatic ways to benefit their community through creative & accessible means.” – Punkacademia
“Marjinal is one of Indonesia's most famous punk rock bands.” – Loud Mouth Music Trust