The first official reissue/repress of their collectable /sought after debut 1980 4 track EP.
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Our take: Puke N Vomit Records brings us the first stand-alone reissue of this 1980 Portland punk gem. Sado-Nation was from Portland, Oregon and was one of the earliest and the longest lived punk bands of that city’s original scene, forming in 1978 and carrying on at least until 1984 (they’ve also reformed in the new millennium). Sado-Nation was one of a handful of bands who transitioned successfully from the 70s post-Pistols punk scene to the 80s hardcore scene, with their earliest material (as captured on this EP) falling in the former category and their blazing We’re Not Equal LP from 1983 an outstanding, if underrated, example of US hardcore. I first heard the four tracks on this 1980 EP on a CD called History of Portland Punk Vol. 1, which compiled all the singles released on Greg Sage from the Wipers’ label, Trap Records. Even on a release that also included the Wipers, the Stiphnoyds, and Neo Boys, these four tracks stood out. One distinctive aspect of Sado-Nation’s sound is that they have two lead singers, with guitarist David Corboy singing half the tracks and vocalist Leesa Anderson singing the other half. Corboy’s songs sound tougher, more rhythmic and straightforward, reminding me of the Zeros, Crime, or second-wave UK bands like the Cortinas or the Users. Anderson is a more melodic singer, giving the tracks she sings a power-pop sheen that compliments the band’s tough and gritty sound. Both singers are great; Corboy’s “On Whom They Beat” is a punk classic (comped on Killed by Death #9, one of the best volumes in the series), while Anderson’s “Mom and Pop Democracy” has also been comped several times and still sounds like a punk anthem 40+ years later. Puke N Vomit’s reissue is a straight repro of the original Trap Records issue (including the rare lyric insert), but if you’re looking for some killer rare tracks you might not have heard, look no further than the Disruptive Patterns LP, which we also have in stock.