• Vitamin X "Down the Drain" CD
Vitamin X or VX is a hardcore punk and thrashcore band from Amsterdam, Netherlands that was formed in 1997. They are named as one of the best and most important hardcore punk bands going. Their unique sound is characterized by furious hardcore punk mixed with turbo-charged thrash, 70s rock riffage and wild guitar solos. The members are straight edge but this does not reflect their lyrics or music. Known for their witty socio-political lyrical themes and energetic live performances, the band recorded several seminal full-length albums and singles on various international labels, including US label Havoc Records (Kylesa, Wolfbrigade, Fucked Up, From Ashes Rise, etc). This type of socially-conscious punk rock – damning Capitalism, gene manipulation, police violence, etc. used to be my favourite thing to listen to as a kid (and, in fact, this is very much like Reagan-era punk rock both sound-wise and subject-wise), and I think it’s probably good for kids to listen to things besides love songs on a regular basis.