Sand in the Face: Music Made to Riot 12"

Mad at the World Records


This LP compiles the very earliest recordings of Montville, New Jersey’s Sand in the Face. The demos, largely recorded at Boonton, NJ’s Mix-o-Lydian Studios, features the band’s pre-LP line-up, containing a young, pre-Chrome Crank Peter ‘Aaron’ Wegele on bass, who also contributes extensive liner notes for the record. Note that Mix-o-Lydian is the studio that gave us the Misfits’ “Walk Among Us” not much earlier. Sand in the Face were one of the first wave of New Jersey’s hardcore bands, and contemporaries with the likes of Adrenalin OD and Bedlam. Mike Judge, the singer of late-'80s New York hardcore band Judge, attended the same high school as members of Sand in the Face and credits them with inspiring him to start his own band. Musically, it’s disaffected suburban teenage thrash of the best variety. If you’re familiar with the likes of Buy Our Records or Mutha Records, you know the pedigree. Limited to a one-time pressing of 600 copies.

Our take: Compilation of early material by this underrated early 80s hardcore band from New Jersey. I've long been a fan of their self-titled LP... it's one of those records (along with stuff like TMA) that you could find pretty easily for like five bucks or whatever and was pretty solid early 80s hardcore, though it seems like the Discogs era has changed that somewhat. Anyway, that LP is a little more polished, full and melodic, moving toward a proto-melodic punk sound of bands like Naked Raygun or the later stuff by the Freeze; this reissue, however, captures an earlier version of the band that was a lot more hardcore. It's still on the catchier, snottier end of the early 80s USHC sound--think stuff like Adrenalin OD or maybe Sick Pleasure or something like that--but it's also pretty ripping and straightforward. I wouldn't say this is some huge treasure of USHC that everyone needs to hear, but if this type of catchy, speedy early 80s US punk is your jam this is definitely going to press all of the right buttons.
Tags: 80s hardcore punk reissues USHC