Paying homage to your influences can be a serious preoccupation in hardcore circles; a scene that often seems to consider authenticity and values of far greater importance than the music itself. Ensign embraced the traditional sound of New York hardcore many years ago, so the fact that they've decided to release an album of covers to celebrate the bands that inspired them should come as no surprise. The only question should be why it has taken them so long!
The choices on Love The Music, Hate The Kids aren't as straightforward as you might expect. Sure, some of the legendary hardcore acts are covered here - Bad Brains, Dag Nasty, Negative Approach, Sick Of It All, Killing Time - but Ensign's tastes surprisingly stretch to The Descendents, Hüsker Dü and The Replacements.