Toe to Toe
Toe to Toe
|Origin||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Labels||Old School Cartel, Trial & Error Records, Resist Records|
|Associated acts||Dropkick Murphys, Agnostic Front, Madball, Mindsnare, Def Wish, Sick of it All|
Toe to Toe are an Australian hardcore band from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The band was most prominent in the Australian hardcore scene during the 1990s, touring and recording less frequently by the 2000s. They have been described as "one of the best hardcore outfits ever to grace the planet" by Punknews.org.
Influence and style
Toe to Toe's stated aim is "to reintroduce the sounds and ethics of 80's hardcore punk", having been influenced by the emergence of the Washington, D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains, Portland hardcore band Poison Idea and later, New York hardcore bands such as Agnostic Front and Sick of it All. They have tried to distance themselves from the metal and pop aspects of punk. The band's name itself, including much of their lyrical content and album artwork reference boxing terms to match the aggressive musical style.
Toe to Toe formed in 1992 by vocalist and Resist Records founder, Scotty Mac, who remains the band's only original member. Described by Missing Link Records as the "mainstays of the Sydney hardcore scene", the band has seen numerous line-up changes, released several recordings and have possibly been one of the only Australian hardcore acts to have received mainstream acknowledgment in the country, playing festivals such as Livid, Homebake and the Vans Warped Tours. They have also done national tours of Japan, Europe and America and have played with internationally renowned hardcore acts such as Agnostic Front, the Dropkick Murphys, and Madball. Political artist and activist, Azlan McLennan, described the band as superior to their US influences, citing Scott Mac's stance against racism.
As of 2016, the band's line-up consists of:
- Vocals: Scotty Mac
- Guitars: Nick Rakebrandt
- Drums: Ant Deitz
- Bass: Adam Check
|1992||Slap of Reality||Punch Drunk Productions||EP|
|1993||Unanimous Points Decision||Punch Drunk Productions||EP|
|1993||Election Night 93: Straight Off the Desk||Heinous Fuck Records||Live|
|1995||Fuck Seattle This is Sydney||Kangaroo||Compilation|
|1995||Threats and Facts||Spent Records||LP|
|1995||Southpaw||Beer City Records||EP|
|1996||No Gods||Spent Records||EP|
|1996||Kings (with Mindsnare)||Spent Records||Split|
|1996||The Best Defence Is Attack||Custom Recordings||Discography|
|1999||Slave||No Deal Records||Single|
|2001||Fighting Pride||Snaphot Records||Live|
|2003||Old Scores, New Glories||Sold Our Souls Records||EP|
|2008||Toe to Toe/Tenth Dan||Trial & Error Records||Split|
|2010||Arturo Gatti||Resist Records||LP|
|2013||Still Fighting||Old School Cartel||EP Featuring Lou Koeller, Craig Setari, Freddy Cricien|
- Australian Music Info. "Resist Records". Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- Punknews. "Toe to Toe: Tao". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
- National Library of Australia. "Toe to Toe". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
- Last.fm. "Toe to Toe". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
- Missing Link Records. "Toe to Toe". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
- Triple J. "Toe to Toe Interview". Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
- Yahoo! GeoCities. "Toe to Toe". Archived from the original on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
- Trial & Error Records. "Toe to Toe/Tenth Dan Split 7". Retrieved 14 August 2009.
- PyroMusic.net. "Toe to Toe: Threats and Facts". Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- The Red Pen. "Still Standing Toe To Toe". Retrieved 25 October 2010.
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