The urgency and intensity of YOUTH OF TODAY, the positive delivery of INSTED, and a strongly rooted
foundation in old D.C. and Orange County hardcore - THE FIRST STEP's first official full length release,
What We Know, picks up where they left off on the Open Hearts and Clear Minds EP, meanwhile adding
some new flavor to their sound along the way. Produced by Walter Schreifels (GORILLA BISCUITS, YOUTH
OF TODAY, QUICKSAND, RIVAL SCHOOLS), the album explodes with speed and a blistering vocal delivery,
delivering much of what we've come to expect from THE FIRST STEP: honest, thought-provoking hardcore.
Though this time around, there's something new in the mix. Whether it's a Dischord-esque guitar riff
reminiscent of MINOR THREAT, a bouncing rhythm ala BAD BRAINS, or a driving beat and harmonizing
vocals like those of UNIFORM CHOICE, this album has undeniably fused the old THE FIRST STEP with a
new power, creating something very, very special. To put it simply, this album grabs you, it speaks to you,
it demands your attention. Many may say it, but few actually deliver - this record is destined to take its
place among the most classic of hardcore records. The music, the message: it has returned.