Their 1983 release Tied Down was a collection of early stepping-stones to what would form the fundamentals and groundwork for harder music coming from the basements. The banshee-esque screams are hellish and reign almost as bells with a resonance behind them. The instrumentals as carousels that spin faster and faster until the bearings feel as if they are coming off and becoming shredded in the wake. Negative Approach has always been on tour, will always be on tour, and has no problem staying mobile. They fit their musical style and are able to adapt quickly within these consistently shifting environments.
From one area of dissection to the next, Tied Down is only reaching 16 total minutes. A usual rodeo for Negative Approach and most punk records of this time. It is straight-forward, but still able to be accepted for the sheer animosity that it displays each time. Tight as screws, Negative Approach marches the self-titled track “Tied Down” through the main lane in a frantic, but grasping mess. Nothing is as exhilarating as hearing a one-two step on the percussion and seeing bodies on top of bodies. It sparks the childlike wonder of danger that relies heavily on the movement of a crowd.
Negative Approach might just be one of the hardest hitting groups of the early 80’s. While hair metal swept the nation, Tied Down was taking an underground network by storm and giving the youth their say and purpose. More than what half could say, all through screaming and violent performances.