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tisdag 23 april 2013

Fed Up! (introduction)

The band started in 1996 as a result of young NYHC kids being fed up with the new breed of both metal heads and emotional bullshit (pre-emo) that had started to infest not only the punk and hardcore venues but also the bands and the NYHC sounds purity that the members had grown up with and come to love. In a coup to reclaim it and bringing it back to it's glory days of skinhead stomping and streetsmarts they decided to start up their own band that would stay true to the formula of the old (Breakdown, Iron Cross, Agnostic Front etc.).

The bands first proper line-up consisted of Dennis F.U. on vocals (played in The Deviants at the time), Luis on bass (also played in The Deviants with Dennis) and Richie on guitar. Efren 1 and 2 (there was two of them) both played in a band called Anger 4 at the time and decided to take part in this HC crucade. One on guitar and the other one on drums.
This line-up lasted little more than a couple of rehersals and the band quickly went down the drains until in late 1997 when Dave "Skin" Gerrard (later played in Oxblood) joined the band and replaced "guitar Efrein" on guitar (at the same time Dave M also joined to fill the sound).

This line-up did a ton of shows and released a bunch of demo's and had a bit of a slow period until 2003 when they released their first properproper release as far as i know of. This release was a split 7'' with fellow New Yorkers in Condition. This was also the birth of Dennis own label called United Records (where this record was released) that today has a ton of classic Oi! and Hardcore releases under their belt.

In 2004 they released a split CD with Disawow and later a 7'' called Lashing out in 2007.
In 2008 they released their first full-length called Fuck Your Life and it was also around this time that the band went through another change in it's line-up as Luis and both Dave's left the band a whole heap of different members seemed to pass through the band. Among them where Dave R that played used to play in Skin Disorder and AL211 that used to play in Strong Island Bootboys both played in the band for a while but never ended up playing on any recordings. Instead no other than Alex that played drums for Oxblood and also played in Offensive Weapon for a while replaced both Dave G and Dave M on guitar and Tynan aka Tyson that used to play in Strong Island Bootboys replaced Luis on bass.

This new 4-piece band released their second full-length in 2010 called Sheer Poetry. This record seemed to be getting good reception and reviews but the band decided to call it quits shortly after it's release and ended it all with a goodbye show on radio channel WFMU (also released it as their last record in 2011 on a 7'').

Did they bring back the old days? Can't say i am the man to answer that since HC isn't really my scene but atleast they tried and made a whole heap of good songs on the way. All i can do is thank them for their long service and wish them luck in their future projects and labels.

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