Sad Boys: Demo 12"

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Finally one year after work on it comes out the reissue of demo cassette of New York's SAD BOYS in 12" format. Sad Boys is a band from New York with a brutal sound that mixes English punk sound with Japanese pogo-punk and giving all an incredible personality; strongly marked bass-lines under a distorted and screeching guitar , relentless drums on 1-2-1-2-1-2 makes can't stay quite listening to this shit ... and acute and squeaky voice of Emma is fucking punk. THE INJECTIONS and TOM & BOOT BOYS influences are indisputable and even something of THE WANKYS can be appreciated, but giving it a personal touch with the characteristic voice. 12 tracks that for me are the best of the band and almost impossible to find in the original format of cassette released by the band itself. Very special release with the demo on A side and etched B side with work of Emma B, screenprinted covers in 3 different colors and insert with lyrics and band photo. For me, as simply essential punk.

Our take: The first thing I thought when I saw the cover of this LP was, "what happened to the Sad Boy's penis and ice cream cone?" Well, if you're wondering the same thing, I'll tell you that the answer can be found on the very NFSW back cover. Anyway, if you thought they would do any cleaning up or polishing of this release for the vinyl format, you're 100% wrong... you can even hear a little bit of tape wobble as the first track starts. While I definitely prefer the ever so slightly more polished sound of their two official EPs, it's not as if any aspect of Sad Boys' sound is lost here... their arrangements are really simple and straightforward and the guitar is often doing something really different than the bass, so you can still hear everything and the power isn't diminished at all. The real gem here, of course, are the many tracks that didn't make it onto the band's two official EPs, and I'm happy to have those on the vinyl format. Oh, and this was released in a small edition in Spain, so grab this now if you want it!
Tags: 10s female-fronted new york pogo punk raw recommended