Whatever else might be said of Fugazi, they know how to age gracefully. Over the course of sixteen years, six albums, and numerous tours Washington D.C.’s reigning DIY kings managed to stay true to their roots in the hardcore punk scene while producing work of ever increasing maturity and power…all while never breaking their promise to sign to a label.
Instrument is a remarkable testament to the band. Jem Cohen culled footage from archival footage he recorded going back to the band’s inception in the late 80’s; the result is a warm portrait that reveals the band to be much more than the driven ascetics their business tactics portray them as.
While it remains to be seen if Fugazi, who have been on hiatus since 2003, will ever return to the recording studio I’m glad Instrument exists as a testament to their ethos and work.