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Toe to Toe

Toe to Toe
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Hardcore punk
Soul
Years active 1992—present
Labels Trial & Error Records, Resist Records
Associated acts Dropkick Murphys, Agnostic Front, Madball, Mindsnare, Def Wish
Website www.myspace.com/toetotoeshc
Members Scott McFadyen
Adam Check
Matt Campbell
Ant Deitz
Matty Albert

Toe to Toe are an Australian hardcore band from Sydney, New South Wales. The band was most prominent in the Australian hardcore scene during the 1990s, touring and recording less frequently by the 2000s. They have been described as "one of the best hardcore outfits ever to grace the planet" by Punknews.org.

Influence and style

Toe to Toe's stated aim is "to reintroduce the sounds and ethics of 80's hardcore punk", having been influenced by the emergence of the Washington, D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains, Portland hardcore band Poison Idea and later, New York hardcore bands such as Agnostic Front and Sick of it All. They have tried to distance themselves from the metal and pop aspects of punk. The band's name itself, including much of their lyrical content and album artwork reference boxing terms to match the aggressive musical style.

History

Toe to Toe formed in 1992 by vocalist and Resist Records founder,[1] Scott Mac, who remains the band's only original member. Described by Missing Link Records as the "mainstays of the Sydney hardcore scene", the band has seen numerous line-up changes, released several recordings and have possibly been one of the only Australian hardcore acts to have received mainstream acknowledgment in the country, playing festivals such as Livid, Homebake and the Vans Warped Tours. They have also done national tours of Japan, Europe and America and have played with internationally renowned hardcore acts such as Agnostic Front, the Dropkick Murphys, and Madball. Political artist and activist, Azlan McLennan, described the band as superior to their US influences, citing Scott Mac's stance against racism.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Members

As of 2010, the band's line-up consists of:

  • Vocals: Scott Mac
  • Guitars: Adam Check
  • Guitars: Matt Campbell
  • Drums: Ant Deitz
  • Bass: Matty Albert

Discography

Release date Title Label Format
1992 Slap of Reality Punch Drunk Productions EP
1993 Unanimous Points Decision Punch Drunk Productions EP
1993 Circlestorm Custom Recordings Compilation
1993 Election Night 93: Straight Off the Desk Heinous Fuck Records Live
1995 Force Kangaroo EP
1995 Fuck Seattle This is Sydney Kangaroo Compilation
1995 Threats and Facts Spent Records LP
1995 Southpaw Beer City Records EP
1996 No Gods Spent Records EP
1996 Kings (with Mindsnare) Spent Records Split
1996 The Best Defence Is Attack Custom Recordings Discography
1997 TAO Custom Recordings LP
1999 Consolidated Custom Recordings LP
1999 Slave No Deal Records Single
2001 Fighting Pride Snaphot Records Live
2003 Old Scores, New Glories Sold Our Souls Records EP
2008 Toe to Toe/Tenth Dan Trial & Error Records Split
2010 Arturo Gatti Resist Records LP

External links

  • Toe to Toe on MySpace

See also

Resist Records

Trial & Error Records

References


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