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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
"One of the most vital bands to ever emerge from Baltimore." – Aural States
"Skull-fuckingly loud." – Rolling Stone
"In the manic stew that is the Baltimore music scene, Double Dagger stands above everyone else. The awesome noise generated on More is almost childlike in its exuberance, as if it was recorded on a playground full of kicked-in amplifiers. 'No Allies' is the best first track on any album released this year." – MTV Newsroom Best of 2009
Masks EP - 8.1 out of 10
"[At] their best, Double Dagger feel fresh and urgent. Each song is like another alarm clock ringing." – Pitchfork
"This is another CD that was played at least once a day this summer. Bruce's bass playing is outstanding on this record. The way he makes one bass make that range of tones and textures is bonkers to me. Set to solid fucking drums and intense lyrics about graphic design and urban planning: What else to you need in a rock'n'roll album?" – Dan Deacon on Pitchfork
"Double Dagger distill everything I love about '90s post-grunge underground music into a new style that feels totally fresh and progressive. And that's what underground music is all about: taking the wreckage we've been left with by previous generations and making something revolutionary--and beautiful--from the debris." – Sean Carnage in the L.A. Record
"Bringing back the spirit of the underground punk movement of the '80s, specifically that of Dischord bands like Minor Threat and Fugazi, Double Dagger's, More, is precisely that. It's more provocative, more realized, and more powerful than any of their prior releases... This is punk rock in the purist form. Filled with social commentary and smart, art-house literary references, picking a favorite on this album could prove itself a difficult feat." – All Music Guide
"It became something of an addiction, this record. I couldn't put it down. It would end and I'd flip it back over and play it again... I must have listened to this record a hundred times, at least... And damn if it isn't as exciting now as it was the first time." – Remember Your Future
"MORE exposes Double Dagger's softer side - and it's immensely likable. [The album] is guaranteed to stay deep within the ears and hearts of those it does reach." - BBC Music
"One of the toughest things about being an amazing live band is transferring the in-person experience to CD. And there aren't many better live bands than Baltimore trio Double Dagger... There's simply no way to recreate that infectious live energy, but the aptly-titled Ragged Rubble comes pretty close... This is the kind of record that probably won't make it onto the radar of too many people, but will leave a lasting impression on those who take the time to listen." - The Washington Post
"On their recent Thrill Jockey album MORE, Baltimore's Double Dagger flex stealthy, sinewy rock that balances brains, brawn, and emotional heft with admirable equilibrium. In the vein of Fugazi, Mission of Burma, and Volcano Suns, they're Rhodes Scholar athletes of caustic sound, summoning anthemic energy with dependable white-guy moxie. You will probably mosh to this, but thoughtfully and at acute angles." - The Stranger
"Local albums typically get ghettoized to their own list in the yearly top 10, but the response from this year's voters to More was overwhelming, whether those voters lived in Baltimore or not. The band's third full-length and first for Chicago standard Thrill Jockey destroys. Frankly, 'punk' is a stand-in here, because this blasts through punk, hardcore, 'post-hardcore,' and the rest of it into its own field of non-stop revolution." - Baltimore City Paper
"Double Dagger's debut album for Thrill Jockey is a veritable riot fit to introduce their elastic east coast indie-rock to the wider world. By turns crushingly discordant and deceptively melodic beneath Nolen Strals' twisted intonations, "More" is exactly what you'll be left wanting." - Rock Sound
"Don't be put off by the shouts and the labels. A single listen to More proves that Double Dagger have made an album that achieves much more than anything by any band concerned with genres could - it might be hardcore, it might be noisy pop... BlackPlastic doesn't care, it's just awesome." - Black Plastic UK
"Nice to hear something like this, especially in an era when punk rock is born cynical." - Dusted
"2007 album that made me feel most alive, this is stripped-down but plenty-loud post-punk with a message, not too far off from Fugazi. (Ian MacKaye watched approvingly at their August D.C. show.) The band achieves a unique sonic assault by forsaking guitar in favor of just drums and heavy, overdriven bass, so you feel it in your gut every song." - The Washington Post
"Baltimore's most important band." - Mobtown Shank