“It may happen when you first wake up, or while flying on an airplane or driving in your car. Suddenly, inexplicably, something changes. Common objects and familiar situations seem strange, foreign. Like you’ve just arrived on the planet, but don’t know from where. It may pass quickly, or it may linger. You close your eyes and turn inward, but the very thoughts running through your head seem different. The act of thinking itself, the stream of invisible words running through the hollow chamber of your mind, seems strange and unreal. It’s as if you have no self, no ego, no remnant of that inner strength which quietly and automatically enabled you to deal with the world around you, and the world inside you. It may settle over time, into a feeling of “nothingness”, as if you were without emotions, dead. Or the fear of it may blossom into a full-blown panic attack. But when it hits for the first time, you’re convinced that you’re going insane, and wait in a cold sweat to see when and if you finally do go over the edge.”—Stranger To My Self (regarding Depersonalization Disorder)
Welcome to one of the many new features of Trainwreck: Look Back. It’s fairly simple; every week I’ll be posting about a classic release with a little article about the release, what it meant at the time and how it holds up today.
The first Look Back is on Sydney’s Irrelevant, who were one of the best hardcore bands this country has ever produced, and their seminal 2002 EP, Reflecting and Refracting.