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Bad Brains “Build a Nation”

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Bad Brains‘ first studio record in over a decade drops next month with Build a Nation, produced by long time fan and Beastie Boys MC Adam Yauch. The album will come fresh on the heels of the band’s successful recent performance at this year’s Sasquatch Festival. Brooklyn Vegan recently documented a few reactions to the set including, “Bad Brains played an inspired set on the main stage, sailing from sultry dub reggae into raging hardcore as if the two were meant for each other.”

The album hits in similar fashion, bouncing about from hardcore to reggae in a single leap in expected Bad Brains style. A few samples were unveiled on the band’s MySpace page recently but it’s undeniably hard to get a feel for the album with a few scattered clips. Here, “Build a Nation” and “Roll On” present the album for what the band has always been – a contradiction of opposites uniquely presented as a whole. Speaking as someone who wasn’t of age when the band released its last album it’s nonetheless good to have Bad Brains back as a whole. Build a Nation drops June 26th.