S.O.A.

AKA: STATE OF ALERT

Formed: Washington DC, USA

Early DC hardcore band notable for featuring Henry Rollins (then known as Henry Garfield) and future members of other local groups, but not their music, which was nothing special: just basic thrash, like a poor man's Minor Threat, with no hooks or character. Which doesn't mean it's not enjoyable, because it is. Their first gig was in December 1980, their last in July 1981, supporting Black Flag in Philadelphia, That show ended in a famous riot, with local rednecks beating up punk kids with baseball bats. By the end of July, Garfield had become Rollins and was Black Flag's new mouthpiece. Bassist Wendel Blow, guitarist Michael Hampton and drummer Ivor Hanson later formed The Faith and then Embrace. Blow appeared with Iron Cross and Lethal Intent.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

S.O.A. - No Policy E.P.        
No Policy E.P.
(7", 1981)
       

Extraneous Releases

S.O.A. - 12/29/80 First Demo        
12/29/80 First Demo (7", 2014)        

Bootlegs

S.O.A. - 1980 Demo S.O.A. - No Policy LP      
1980 Demo
(7", 1995)
No Policy LP (LP, 2009)      

Various Artists

Flex Your Head US LP 1982 (Dischord): I Hate The Kids / Disease / Stepping Stone

Four Old 7"s On A 12" US LP 1984 (Dischord): Lost In Space / Draw Blank / Girl Problems / Blackout / Gate Crashers / Warzone / Riot / Gang Fight / Public Defender / Gonna Hafta Fight

Dischord 1981: The Year In Seven Inches US CD 1995 (Dischord): Lost In Space / Draw Blank / Girl Problems / Blackout / Gate Crashers / Warzone / Riot / Gang Fight / Public Defender / Gonna Hafta Fight

20 Years Of Dischord US 3xCD 2002 (Dischord): Public Defender / Draw Blank / Draw Blank (Video)

Links

 

 


 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

COMMENTS

Back To Top