Really Red was the backbone of Houston, Texas' underground from the early punk era clear through 80's hardcore. Like The Dicks in Austin, they directly challenged an insanely violent policed department at no small risk to their own lives. Their sound itself had more art and post-punk elements than most, with a musical and lyrical depth on par with bands like Mission of Burma, Wire and Dead Kennedys.
Singer Ronnie Bond (aka U-Ron Bondage) was never afraid to push intelligence or mess with Texas. Kelly Younger's guitar style is as unique in its own way as that of The Gang of Four's Andy Gill, while Bob Weber's taut, precise and sometimes unorthodox drum patterns would not be heard again until the likes of John Wright of NoMeansNo. It's all driven forward by the driving, elastic basslines of John Paul Williams.
1985's Volume 2: Rest In Pain is the long lost second album that hardly any Really Red fans even knew existed back then. The band's sound here is fiercer and heavier, but still vintage Really Red. The damage of Reagan was now in everyone's face, and music like this was the only thing about the '80s that didn't suck. Side two shows the depth of their roots with an awesome Texas psycho cover of the Red Crayolas "War Sucks." Remastered at Fantasy by Jello Biafra.