Release Date: Jan 7, 2014
Record label: Deathwish Inc.
Over 10 years and dozens of releases—both under their current name and previously as End of a Year—the post-hardcore band Self Defense Family have built themselves out of perversity. Before the so-called “emo revival” became widely reported on in 2013, frontman Patrick Kindlon and crew had already rekindled the cathartic desperation of Fugazi’s two primary predecessors in the mid-80s, Rites of Spring and Embrace (“End of a Year” being a song by the latter). Emo never really went away—but with End of a Year, it finally came full circle.
Self Defense Family has been around in some form for over a decade, although Try Me is their first full-length album under that particular band name. Previously they were known as End of a Year and have spent the better part of the last five years transitioning from one band name to the other. In true punk fashion, they’ve put out a wealth of albums, EPs, 7” singles and split releases over the years.