Fortunately, the members of Nineteen have been making the most of their wonder years. Every last joule of exuberance crackling through these St. Charles natives comes through on their four releases, a too-small discography of full-lengths and seven-inches packed with short bursts of pure, unbridled hardcore (their Tearing Me Apart full-length contains 42 songs). Imagine a skillful blend of the Minutemen's quickie spieling with the fierce blasting power of pre-Rollins Black Flag. Bold, yes,but with a hint of whimsy!
Unfortunately, Mat Wilson, Stephen Inman and Tim Ridlen will soon be playing their last gig as Nineteen, at least for a while. "Tim is going to art school in Chicago, and so we will go to sleep until we can do more of a solid Nineteen," Wilson says. "The last show is our 'Thanks for everything, sorry for anything' show, but not our last show ever."
And with that assurance, fortune shines upon us all again. Let's hope Nineteen doesn't sleep for too long.
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