25 ta Life

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This article is about the band. For hip-hop group P$C's album, see 25 to Life (album).
25 ta Life
Origin Queens, N.Y.
Genres Hardcore punk
Punk rock
New york hardcore
Oi!
Years active 1991–present
Labels SFT, Good Life, Triple Crown, Scorpion Records
Associated acts Agnostic Front, Comin Correct
Website Official MySpace
Members Rick ta Life
Jon
Ezra Vanbuskirk
Petey Pabblo
Big Chris

25 ta Life is an American hardcore band from New York City, originally formed in Queens, N.Y. in mid-1991.

History[edit]

The band was started by Frank Smarra (bass) and Harry Minas (drums) in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., they were soon joined by Fred Mesk (guitar) and together wrote most of the material that would be on their early releases.

In early 1992, they recruited former Agnostic Front roadie Rick Healy (AKA Rick ta Life) who added the lyrics to all the songs. They adopted the name after it was suggested by Freddie Madball. Madball also helped the band by giving them guest appearances at the end of their sets. 25 ta Life played their first full show at Studio 1 in New Jersey on May 10, 1993 supporting Obituary. After a few failed attempts to add a second guitar player, Beto (formally of D'mize & Madball) joined the band in late 1993. In January 1994, Bassist and co-founding member Frank Smarra left the band due to family commitments and was replaced by Warren Lee. The band continued to play a large number of shows in the tri-state area and up and down the East Coast. In early 1996, 25 ta Life traveled to Europe, playing in Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Poland for the first time. By late 1997, co-founding member Harry Minas left the band and was replaced by Seth Meyer from One4One.

25 ta Life opened for Agnostic Front's reunion show at the Wetlands in December 1996 and then played all of AF's East Coast dates along with Madball, Hatebreed and H2O in early 1997. They went to Japan in April 1997. Warren and Beto left in May 1997 after the West Coast tour. Mike from One4One joined on bass in June 1997 and they went to Europe in July 1997. They recorded Strength Through Unity in July 1997, writing half of it on the spot. Loyal to da Grave featuring Freddy from Madball and Lord Ezec from Crown of Thornz/Skarhead was written and recorded in less than an hour. Mike left in August 1997 and was replaced by Dave from Faction Zero. Later that month, they went to Puerto Rico and recorded two songs for the New York's Hardest 2 Compilation with Candiria and SFA. In October–November 1997, Biohazard took 25 ta Life on a short eight-show tour of the East Coast from Washington DC to Boston. Seth Meyer left the band in February 1998 and was replaced by Rob Pallotta. The band recorded its first full-length album "Friendship, Loyalty & Commitment" in 1999.

Members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
1999 Friendship Loyalty Commitment Triple Crown Records
2005 Hellbound Misery Torment Back ta Basics
2009 Strength Integrity Brotherhood Back ta Basics

EPs[edit]

Year Title Label
1994 25 ta Life SFT Records
1995 Keepin' It Real We Bite Records
1997 Strength Through Unity: The Spirit Remains Triple Crown Records
2003 Best of Friends and Enemies Back ta Basics
2006 Fallen Angel Superhero

Splits[edit]

Year Title Comments
1996 Morning Again/25 ta Life Split with Morning Again
1996 Make it Work Split with Skarhead
1998 Highway to Hellfest Split with Spazz
1999 Never Tear Us Apart Split with Slang
2004 Hellbound Split Split with Last Hope
2006 Cut Throat/25 ta Life Split with Cut Throat
2006 25 ta Life/In Search Of Split with In Search Of

Demos[edit]

Year Title Label
1993 NYHC Demo Back ta Basics No. 01

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2004 Live at Few da Real Back ta Basics

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Label
1996 N.Y.H.C. Documentary Soundtrack SFT Records
2004 Haterz Be Damned Back ta Basics
2006 Early Dayz Back ta Basics
2008 Forever, True, Represent Back ta Basics

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