|Origin||San Diego, California, United States|
|Years active||1989 – 1993|
|Associated acts||Antioch Arrow
End of the Line
|Past members||Matt Anderson
Heroin was a forerunner of the screamo subgenre of hardcore punk. They were noted for the psychological intensity of their songs, which tended to be very short and include extraordinarily fast drumming and screamed vocals. Heroin only released a handful of vinyl EPs and singles, primarily on San Diego record label Gravity Records; the group's debut 7" was also Gravity's first release. These releases were typically packaged in enigmatic ways, such as in a sleeve that looked like a grocery bag. A complete discography was later compiled on the Heroin CD in 1997, also issued on Gravity.
The band split in 1993 after its members decided amicably to move on to other projects. Members went on to play in groups such as Antioch Arrow, Clikatat Ikatowi, and Second Story Window; vocalist Matt Anderson also worked with A Minor Forest, Mohinder, and Angel Hair. Matt and Scott even played in the legendary San Diego punk/hardcore band, Battalion of Saints from 2005-2008.
Though the group was active for only four years and received little attention during the band's actual lifespan, the release of the Gravity compilation, as well as later accolades, resulted in their receiving considerable posthumous acclaim. Geoff Rickly, lead singer of Thursday, named Heroin as one of his major influences. Allmusic called the group "one of the defining innovators in early '90s hardcore". In 2008, Alternative Press named Heroin as a group of significant interest in its profile of "23 Bands who Shaped Punk", writing that "Heroin never received overdue credit for inspiring the aesthetic that Story of the Year, From First to Last and others eventually took to the bank."
Emo subculture and history website Fourfa describes Heroin's self-titled LP as "A wall of furious, chaotic noise, vocal-chord [sic]-shredding screaming, lyrics of ultimate disillusionment and pain, and just the right amount of melody to pull things together without interrupting the flow of angst."
- Matt Anderson - vocals. See also: Rice, Spacehorse, End of the Line, Battalion Of Saints.
- Scott Bartoloni - guitar. See also: Clikatat Ikatowi, End of the Line, Statue, Forced Down, Spacehorse, Battalion of Saints.
- Ron Johnson - bass. See also: Second Story Window.
- Aaron Montaigne - drums. See also: Antioch Arrow, Tarot Bolero, End of the Line, The Chandeliers, Dangerous Boys Club
- 1991 All About Heroin 7" - (Vinyl Communications)
- 1992 Heroin 7" - (Gravity Records)
- 1993 Heroin 12" - (Gravity Records, Vermiform)
- 1997 Heroin CD - (Gravity Records)