Riot.303 – Crowd Control

Riot.303 – Crowd Control (Cardiac Records) 1982. There just really isn’t much information available about this one out there. It’s not listed on either Flex or Kill From The Heart. Punk Rock Record Sleeves has it posted but alas no information. The best scoop I could get was from a blog entitled Ain’t Got No Sense and it ain’t much.

Even how I got my hands on these mp3s is a bit of a mystery. I found out about Riot.303 when I revisited the first Thrasher Comp last year. I put out a request for the mp3s and got no responses except for a guy named Chad who offered to upload 56kbp mp3s of the EP to my ftp. I was never aware that he did. When I was cleaning up my ftp to migrate to wordpress I found these. Are these the 56kbp mp3s that Chad and I discussed? I don’t think so…I checked these and they are 192kbps. So how did they get on my server? Did this mysterious Chad person get better copies and upload them?

A mystery for the ages.

Regardless, this is some righteous shit. The story as I know it….

Riot.303 was a punk rock band from Calgary that released this one 7inch EP on their own Cardiac Records label in 1982. They then went on to release the aforementioned tracks on the Thrasher Skate Rock Volume One cassette compilation before breaking up. Ron, the singer, went on to form Beyond Possession…one of the best crossover bands ever. The guitarist Al now fronts The Von Zippers.

I know nothing about the punk scene in Calgary either then or now but this sounds a LOT like the stuff that was coming out of Vancouver back in the late 70′s/early 80′s. Side A sounds like it could have come from Incorrect Thoughts by The Subhumans. Side B is a little more like the tracks from the skate comp. You can hear the influence of bands like DOA and The Subhumans but there is also an almost Iggy-ish rockin’ vibe to it as well. The song Drugs was comped on KBD #5.

I’ve included the tracks from the skate comp as well. As far as I know this is the entire recorded output of Riot.303. If you have any more info on this great band or the 1970′s/1980′s Calgary scene in general, let me know….

Chad…if you’re still reading…thanks man!

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21 Responses to Riot.303 – Crowd Control

  1. Efthimios says:

    you rule big time

  2. Eleftherios says:

    Riot 303 also released a 22-song demo tape, never had the chance to hear it though, but in some MRR they did a ranking list of best demos, and this one was among the first. Needless to say this one must be very good. Weirdly enough their EP wasn’t so well reviewed (in MRR), probably cause it sounded a bit old fashionned when in 82/83 most of hardcore /punk bands were going faster and faster.
    By the way before Beyong Possession, Ron (and maybe others guys from Riot 303) did the band White Noise, obviously they sound exactly like a

  3. Elias says:

    …transition between the two bands, they probably existed for a very short time cause in 85 they became Beyong Possession. They had 2 tapes in 1984.

  4. Emdgweoz says:

    I’m surprised how hard it was to find this one! Thanks for the post!

    I wore out my Skate Rock 1 cassette in high school and their tracks were my favorite. I never saw Riot .303 but did see Beyond Possession a few times (the singer was nuts..doing back flips off the PA!), so I’m glad to finally get to hear these tracks.

  5. Erich says:

    I bought this on a flea market in Switzerland from an old grey beard who said that his son was in this “Heavy Metal” band. That was more than 20 years ago and I think I paid about 20 cents for a seemingly unplayed copy. The old chap said to be at the market again with many more old “Metal” records, but I’ve never seen him there. However, I sold or traded my copy of the 7″ a bit later and had not so good memories of it musically. Now hearing these mp3, I’m actually wondering what the fuck I was thinking then …. Great post, Joe!!

  6. Erich says:

    yes!! thank you for uploading this!! i’ve been looking for these tracks since the Thrasher Skate Rock Vol. 1 tracks were posted. now all we need is for some other nice person to find and upload the 22 track demo. this 7″ definitely moves up on my want list…

  7. ewanbach wales says:

    Thanks for this. I had honestly forgetten about this band completely! Still sounds good though.
    I’m still trying to find a copy of the Beyond Possesion 7 with the extra song. Anyone care to point me towards some leads??

  8. Exccdslv says:

    Wow, I never realized this was Ron from Beyond Possession, I’ve been a fan of Riot .303 & BP for like, ever, and never knew that. These tracks rule, thanks…

  9. Eyemfilf says:

    Another great post… and great tunes. This is the kind of thing I igonored in the early-80s because it wasn’t ‘hardcore’ enough. My mistake.

  10. Fotis says:

    Marko – which Beyond Possession 7″ Are you talkinbg about? I have the original “Tell Tale Heart” – was there a reissue of this?

  11. George says:

    Hey man, I did upload these better rips, months ago. I was drunk though and forgot to email to tell you. You’re welcome; and thanks to you for all the great tunes I’ve got from your blog. Cheers!

    chad from Saskatchewan

  12. George says:

    I KNEW IT!

    Thanks dude!

  13. Georges says:

    Erich. We are talking about the same 7″. I believe that it was the first pressing which I had and the logo was in red. The other pressing I’ve seen is black and white on Fango records, or something like that. The last track “dying fast?” was not on this one. It was supposedly taken off due to it being re-recorded for the lp. I don’t have that one anymore either, so I can’t say for sure.

  14. hey jude says:

    These tunes came from my Riot 303 EP that I encoded on Soulseek over a year ago. A lot of my EP’s that I encoded on Soulseek are starting to get posted on the blogs.

  15. Hruaqtzv says:

    Hey Eddie — Thanks for ripping them. If you read the story here you know that I got em from Chad (who musta gotten them from Soulseek). I am not and was never a member of Soulseek but I have seen things I have ripped for this site (the Deadeats 7inch being the most frequent example) posted all over the world. I think once you put them “out there” via soulseek, blog whatever…you lose control of what people do with them.

  16. imibly says:

    That’s why real gentlemen don’t soulseek. Haha – well I for my part download commercial music via soulseek.
    Marko – thanks for the info! I didn’t realize that there was a first pressing with an additional song. Unfortunately I only have the 2nd press then.

  17. imibly says:

    Hey Joe, I own the original 7″ and uploaded WAV files to your server which I ripped myself (not from Soulseek) . Maybe the files you found were not mine after all. Oh well. You got em and its a great record.

  18. Karol.O says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  19. punkskipete says:

    This brings back so many memories man! i had a mate called Mark, came from Calgary over to Aberdeen 4 holiday 1981, ( we got drunk with Ian Dury in the George Hotel whilst he was here ) he was a mate of the band and gave me an early pressing of the ep with Something under my bed, man i played it to death then gave it to a best friend for a 30th pressie. Love it love it love it!!

  20. cj says:

    i have 2 copies of this brother in-law played bass in this band.currently plays for the von zippers.


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