Monday, May 16, 2005

Social Unrest

Social Unrest

Social Unrest were an early hardcore band from the East Bay area (Hayward, CA. to be specific). Despite some lineup changes the band produced a solid body of work between 1981 and 1988 ( A full band history can be found here). For me the best work is that of the original lineup: 1981's Making Room For Youth 7" and 1982's Rat In A Maze 12". "Making Room For Youth" is a punk rock classic with it's burning guitar and anthemic vocals. "Rush Hour" is a notch below but still solid. Rat In A Maze takes a more hardcore approach by shaking up the tempos and chunking up the guitar. The band would subsequently change vocalists and go on to release 3 albums of increasingly melodic material from 1985 to 1988. Sometime in the 90's New Red Archives reissued everything on two CD's.

from Making Room For Youth
Social Unrest - Making Room For Youth.mp3
Social Unrest - Rush Hour.mp3

from Rat In A Maze
Social Unrest - Red, White, and Blue.mp3
Social Unrest - Thinking of Suicide.mp3

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