The Missing 23rd were a melodic hardcore band from Oxnard, California, home of the famous nardcore scene. Founded in 1995, they broke up in 2004, following their second studio album Ctrl.Alt.Del. Well known for their socially conscious but un-preachy lyrics, they had the sound of a rougher but more straight-ahead Good Riddance. Coming from the self-proclaimed "Land of No Toilets," (Oxnard/Ventura, CA) is the MISSING 23rd. Founded in 1995, M23 wanted to play something different than the majority of the bands at that time: they wanted to play fast and angry.
After a few line up changes, they put out their first 7" and did a few west coast tours sharing stages with bands like AFI, SUICIDE MACHINES, CODE 13, PROPAGHANDI, EARTH CRISIS, etc....proving that they can comfortably play almost any show that falls under the punk umbrella. In fact, their main goal is to unite this thing we call a scene.
In 1998, they recorded their first full length "The Powers That Be" for Mankind Records. The LP received great reviews and M23 was looked at as the best band to come out of the area since the NARD CORE days of old. Since the LP, they've shared a split 7" with local home town heroes REPEATER 800 (ex-NO MOTIV), on 24 hour records and recorded their debut 7" for Sessions Records, "All For The Sake Of Almost."
This is a reissue of their very rare debut LP and is something fans of old school hardcore should enjoy. There were only 1,000 copies pressed of the original vinyl LP, which contains 14 tracks that will make you think of Minor Threat, 7 Seconds and Gorilla Biscuits. This California quartet will hold you under their spell for the duration. With thoughtful, personally political lyrics and a powerful and catchy sound this band could make a lasting impression on today's hardcore scene. It's also good to see that straightedge is moving away from the more metal style and back to the roots of the sound.
This album is possibly the best contemporary political punk CD out there. Those of you who like Propagandhi, Rise Against or Strike Anywhere are almost certain to like this record. Great album!!!
In November of 2000, the band released their latest full length, "ctrl+alt+del" also on Sessions. The album features some of the strongest songs they have ever written and it shows by the response from their fans and the press. Skateboarding, punk rock and fun is what happens when this band comes to town and The Missing 23rd proved it when they went out on rigorous tours in support of the release, spreading the revolution to anyone with an open mind. They embarked on 2 full-scale U.S. tours, a Candian tour with Downway and Belvedere, a European Tour, a Japan tour, and a West Coast Jaunt with Strike Anywhere. Sessions Records is now re-releasing their debut full length "The Powers That Be." This previously very hard to find release is now available for the masses. The future of The Missing 23rd is uncertain, but one thing you can count on is sincere, no bullshit, hardcore punk rock. Prepare to be changed.
Prior to their breakup, the lads were working on some songs for a new studio album - An End Of An Error. Those songs are included on here, as well as other non-album tracks, some taken from various splits. This is basically their valedictory album for the fans who followed them and wanted some more material.
The new songs are slower with a more driving rhythm. It's clear they were going for a new sound for the new album. "Everything Must Go" however demonstrates how the new sound combines aggressive vocals with a less aggressive instrumental backing. The middle section of the CD sounds like B-sides from Ctrl.Alt.Del. and the closing end slows things down again, to just behind Ctrl.Alt.Del. pace. There's also a "`Til It's Gone" (opening track) remix tacked on the end. Minus that remix, the last 3 songs feature the best production by far. None of the songs have bad production, though there is a noticeable change between some tracks.
The Missing 23rd (1996-2004)
The Missing 23rd is breaking up after almost a decade together. Here's the message the band posted on their message board: Hey everyone it is true we are going to break up. We will be playing a last show in Ventura sometime over the summer. It will be me, Matt, Victor, and Mike D.(original guitarist. We will be playing most of the first and second cd's if you have any songs you want to hear post them here and we will try to do them. i'd just like to thank all the people who have supported us through the past 8 years it has been a fun…