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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