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The Los Angeles Times wrote that BR is the living incarnation of the theory that hardcore punk is in fact folk music. Greg has also said in several occasions that he considers BR to be folk music. Greg: "The music is very sparse, the guitars aren't multi-layered or processed. It's not elaborate; it's something that anyone can play in their garage. It's very populist oriented. Even the things we talk about are populist in scope. So it's very much like folk music. A lot louder of course...". For a while Greg read a lot of music literature, e.g. Last Train to Memphis, by Peter Guralnick, which he loved. At that time he commented "I'm really interested in American folk music". In another interview: "My mom's side of the family is from rural Indiana and every time we'd have a family get-together there would be traditional music playing. The whole family was musical; they grew up around the radio. American traditional old-timey music is my earliest memory. My uncle led the sing-alongs and he was really into Doc Watson, the Delmore Brothers, and Jimmie Rodgers".