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PATRIOTS- Land of the Free 7″EP (Another Lousy Record, USA, 1983)

patriots_front.jpgpatriots_back.jpgRecorded and mixed in one day on April 28 1983, the PATRIOTS one and only vinyl appearance ever is full of angst and anger! You really can sense the urgency and immediate power of the group on this slab – that’s what good old low-fi and analog recording techniques were capable of, just capturing and preserving one specific moment in time. Jeff Bale (in Sept 1983 MRR) complained about the production (and lack of originality) of this EP, but I’m pretty sure he’d feel different these days, when all the bands sound the same and play the same (crap).

There ain’t much I could tell you about the PATRIOTS other than they were from LA county and seem to have disappeared after this glorious piece of plastic (which is a rare find, actually). My fave would be “The Guilty walk free”, but every single song has a very specific aura and benefits from the very high pitched guitar (played by Chris Pedersen). A fantastic record, totally under-appreciated. Bizarre how some bands would just fly under the radar in a time when every little grain of sand seemed to reflect an enormous picture in todays perspective of the first (and only) wave of HC .

Land of the Free.mp3
Nobody no more.mp3
Strangling me.mp3
Can’t wait.mp3
The Guilty walk free.mp3
Bang Bang Bang.mp3


  1. dave

    FUCK THE KKK! DEATH TO THEM ALL! …great band.


    Posted on 22-Jul-07 at 14:33 | Permalink
  2. Flash

    I got to see the Patriots play with Wasted Youth at Devonshire Downs in ’82 and that was a crazy gig until the pigs showed up and started busting heads.


    Posted on 22-Jul-07 at 16:22 | Permalink
  3. adamski

    Chris Pedersen was Jack in “Suburbia” & went on to appear in a few other films, like “Platoon”.


    Posted on 23-Jul-07 at 02:16 | Permalink
  4. edu

    by the way,and just for fun, this pic was also used for the cover of the maix-lp from barcelona punkers ultimo resorte… and i guess fron another punk band, but i don’t remember now….
    maybe one of the most used photos in punk history?


    Posted on 23-Jul-07 at 04:38 | Permalink
  5. Jerkins

    Yeah, Jack Diddley !! Great ole stuff.


    Posted on 23-Jul-07 at 11:08 | Permalink
  6. Juan Gabriel Hoyos

    I sang on this EP. I still have a few copies for those of you interested. I am amazed at how a piece of plastic managed to trap time so well. Watch American Hardcore to better understand.-


    Posted on 15-Jan-09 at 13:13 | Permalink
  7. Juan Gabriel Hoyos , contact me ASAP, i am working with john press making the album ! need to fill you in & get your story for the Record. email me at:

    what luck ! did not think i would ever find yeah !


    Posted on 09-Feb-09 at 04:10 | Permalink
  8. In A Rut

    Hey I am definitely interested in a copy of the 7″! Please let me know how I can get one???


    Posted on 26-Feb-09 at 21:06 | Permalink
  9. Sarah

    Wow, thank you so much! I am loving listening to these!


    Posted on 07-Dec-10 at 23:10 | Permalink
  10. Lapin syphilitique

    They were from Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood (aka Dogtown).


    Posted on 21-Apr-14 at 00:15 | Permalink
  11. Tracy Kallenberg

    Juan hoyos,Tracy from west Australia in the 80’s .get in touch would be good to hear from u .songs still relevant in 2014.


    Posted on 10-May-14 at 13:30 | Permalink

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