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!