Sand In The Face

Sand In The Face – Sand In The Face (Twisted Records) 1986. Another East Coast obscurity that came out way too late (ala 76% Uncertain). This album was recorded in 1984 but it wasn’t released until 1986. Sand In The Face had also contributed some excellent tracks to The Master Tape 2 Compilation. When I bought it, I remember looking at Michelle Bonani on the cover of this LP and thinking she had the “HC Girl Look” down pat.

By the way, this was another one I read about in Spin. By the time it came out I was sorta drifting away from HC but Spin gave it a real good review if I remember. In its first couple of years, Spin was not the piece of shit rag that it is today. It wasn’t the greatest thing in the world, but it was the only mainstream mag in the 1980′s that did stories on The Minutemen and Husker Du and such….

The review positioned SiTF as sort of an arty hardcore band and at that time it intrigued me. I found a used copy at Vintage Vinyl and sure enough, that is how I would have described it then too. Listening to it now, I just think it is an awesome hardcore album from the 80s. My personal faves are W.F.U.Y.C. and Divided By A Wall. So enjoy this rip, crackles and all. Thanks to George and Terry for hooking me up with this again. It’s been probably 20 years since I last heard this. Echhh..I’m fuckin’ old.

Oh…and things ended up real bad for Sand In The Face by the way. I would tell the lurid tale in its entirety but Punk Vault did an excellent job both in its’ SiTF article and in the accompanying comments section:

http://www.punkvinyl.com/2004/10/28/selections-from-the-punk-vault-sand-in-the-face/#comments

…very sad.

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11 Responses to Sand In The Face

  1. prole-art-threat says:

    SITF were great once. I used to see them a bunch in New Jersey but when this LP came out they were gone. The label it was on was real shady (TMA were another Jimboco band from New Jersey) and it also came out at as hardcore was dying. They were assholes though. BIG TIME ASSHOLES. They hung out with these silver spoon sucking skinheads from Princeton and started spouting that white power bullshit (after Gus left and after this record came out). I was a skinhead at this time and though they were repulsive and phony. I had some personal experiences with them in 1990, let’s just say they were shady and bad – VERY BAD to the core. Now, as for this record – I’m glad you have it up for downloading. It is kind of a lost gem of American Hardcore. Personal feelings aside, at one time I loved this band and this record reminds me of the bands’ shows I used to see. There is video of them in a hardcore thing called HARDGORE. Anyone remember that?

  2. George says:

    For some reason, I always thought Michele was hot, for a punk chick.

  3. ZHobbs says:

    Been enjoying this LP for the last couple days. It’s SOOOO retardedly good. Love the song structures. Not too artsy for sure, but real damn good.

    thanks for posting.

  4. JOE says:

    heh….weird how this album hits a lot of us the same way. I also associate this album with the transition to conservative jock-core stuff. It’s one of the last HC albums I bought new and I remember buying it with “Hairway To Steven” if I am remembering correctly.

    I dug it at the time becasue it sounded older-styled to me. I think the reviews that mentioned it being “arty” were largely due to the weird chord progressions and minor chords as well as the length of “stand in line”. Hardcore had gotten very formulaic by that point and this seemed much more creative.

    I never thought Michelle was hot cuz she looked too much like all the girls I knew!

  5. AdamJ says:

    Had never heard of this band before but I’m pretty impressed with this LP. I like the fact that it’s not just thrash, thrash, thrash all the way through it. Can’t really hear the “arty” side of it at all, but like Joe says above, it could be the chord progressions being slightly different than most hardcore at the time.
    Always good to hear a band that’s new to these ears from that period that produced some rippin’ hardcore. Shame about all the Nazi crap, though…

  6. anon says:

    I grew up in Boonton, the town next to where these guys are from. One of few into the scene at the time (mid 80′s), I havent heard SITF since the Pat Duncan
    Show on WFMU. Anyone know where I can find a copy of their first album? I tried eBay, Google, etc. & I keep hitting a dead end.

  7. OTTO says:

    Remember this record (a good one at that) being played by some kids I knew outside Philly… but the memories are not pleasant ones. Like you, I had begun to drift from HC at this point. Too much metal, too much stupidity, too much Alert Upright Youth Crew…

    Anyway, the kids in question were younger than me by 4 years or so – in their teens still. I hung woth lots of old school ‘skins’ (ska, oi, Fred Perry shirts, beer) and some might have lumped me into the category. I had gotten to know some young punks/skins in my old neighborhood when home from college one summer and I used to chauffer them to gigs at Trenton’s City Gardens which had become a hot spot after most Philly clubs had closed/burnt down… Long story short, this record brings back memories of their shift rightward into the burgeoning local ‘nazi’ thing. Tattoos, weightlifting, gay bashing, senseless violence. Sad, sad, sad. Put the nail in the USHC coffin for me for many years.

  8. Lew says:

    I have been looking for songs from SITF for years. Being from North Jersey, I was a huge fan of the Pat Duncan show and used to listen to these guys off and on. They were definitely one of my favorite bands musically. However, I was a little blown away after I saw them on a right wing HC compilation. Can’t believe they got into all that skinhead BS. I also drifted away from HC once it became metal influenced. Nevertheless, I think this band was probably one of the best to come out of the East Coast.

  9. Jim says:

    A great album I also have a extra SITF one for sale if anyone is interested. I also might have there first demo laying around somewhere it has different songs on it then the SITF Lp. I’m looking for the live radio show they played on WFMU with Pat Duncan if anyone has it please contact me at: havohej822@aol.com

  10. I was the first bassist for SITF. Left the band when my family moved to Ohio in 1982, almost immediately after we cut our first demo at Mix-O-Lydian in Boonton. I submitted two of the tracks from the session, “I Wanna Be Dead” and “Teenage Life,” for inclusion on the Mastertape, Vol. 2 comp, which came out on Paul Mahern’s (Zero Boys) Affirmation label.

    Was saddened to hear about SITF’s becoming a Nazi/white power act; I can’t stress enough how that was NOT the case when I was in the band—though at the time the singer/guitarist did flirt with that stuff outside of the music, which seemed to be purely for shock value at the time. From what I gather he left music after SITF changed its name to the Gentiles (!) and eventually broke up. Hopefully, he’s moved on from that idealogy…

    Anyway, even though the band didn’t really start to take off until after I’d left, I’d still love to hear from anyone who remembers the early SITF days and the glorious beginnings of the NJHC scene.

    Peter
    http://www.myspace.com/pacranks

  11. NYHC 80s kid says:

    Everybody’s talking about the SITF LP — and it’s a good record for sure — but by the time that LP came out, the seminal years of HC in NYC (where I’m from) were long past. Of course, SITF had been around since the glory days (as I call them) of 1982. For me SITF will always be defined by their demo tape that Pat Duncan played regularly in 1982. Yes, it’s crude but therein lies the beauty. A great band, what hardcore was all about. I taped some of that off the radio and still have it. By the time their album came out in the mid-80s, I was years away from the HC scene, which for me peaked in 1982. As I recall, the “minor chords” were already being employed in the early 80s demo. As a young (15 y.o.) hardcore punk in 1982, I responded to bands with a teenage perspective, and SITF embodied that in songs like “1 inch tall”, et al.

    I never knew much about them. It seems like they made it to NYC eventually to do shows, but by then I had moved on from what had become a crowded scene. I wish they had come in 1982.

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