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I've got a love-hate relationship with local openers. On the one hand, they tend to be my friends, or at least acquaintances, and watching their sets is good form. On the other hand, they tend to be not-very-good (few bands stick together long enough to gel into something truly worthwhile), and sitting through the same lukewarm set every other week gets to be a chore.

Exception to the rule: Mercy Ties, a five-piece metallic hardcore band that's been opening for too many great bands in Seattle recently, including Kowloon Walled City and Fight Amp. I say too many because I go out of my way to see Mercy Ties whenever I can, but usually at the end of their set I'm too exhausted to see the headliner (this is why you put the local band last on a three band bill, club owners).

So Proper Corruption is good. I could tell you that it's about the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption, but that's secondary to that it is good. Like, book studio time with Kurt Ballou good. Stream all 20 minutes of it's teeth-gnashing fury below and let me know how you like it in the comments.

Go see local openers. One of them will be as good as Mercy Ties if you're lucky.

—Joseph Schafer

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Proper Corruption is out on the 20th via Glory Kid. Follow Mercy Ties on Facebook.

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