Here's a quick note to say that everyone should snap up a copy of the Young Republicans 7" that came out a month or so ago, especially since More Than a Witness did such a great job with the packaging -- colored vinyl for the first 150 copies, nice thick die-cut pocket sleeve, fold-out poster/lyric sheet with tons of photos taken at the old Stamford Anthrax-- and also because I'm thanked on the lyric sheet (whoopee). If you haven't heard the story behind this 7", the Young Republicans were the first hardcore band for John Porcell, Darren Pesche, and Graham Phillips, while they were still in early high school; all three of them would later (along with Ray Cappo) form the first line-up for Youth of Today. Their 1983 demo has remained missing for decades, but someone finally coughed up a copy, leading to the release of this EP.
More Than a Witness calls this a "hardcore holy grail" and says "this could easily be considered the crucial missing NYHC or CT 7” EP", but that would be the Youth Korps demo, which this definitely isn't. What it is, is a solid hardcore release for the times, made even more impressive by the fact that Young Republicans were just 9th graders; not quite as good as "God, Guts, Guns" (which More Than a Witness also re-issued in 2010), or the Violent Children EP, or "Hit Squad For God", or Reflex From Pain, but this smokes more than a few other 7"-ers from around then that I could name. Plus, if you own a copy of the "Everybody's Scene" book about the Anthrax Club, this record is just about the perfect companion piece to help sum up that scene and that era, especially since any of the other records from back then will end up costing you a lot more than the mere 5 bucks you'll pay for this one.
Young Republicans -
"Respect For Authority"