Toe to Toe

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Toe to Toe
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresHardcore punk
Years active1992—
LabelsOld School Cartel, Trial & Error Records, Resist Records
Associated actsDropkick 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

Influence and style[edit]

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,[1] 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.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


As of 2016, the band's line-up consists of:

  • Vocals: Scotty Mac
  • Guitars: Nick Rakebrandt
  • Drums: Ant Deitz
  • Bass: Adam Check


Release date Title Label Format
1992 Slap of Reality Punch Drunk Productions EP
1993 Unanimous Points Decision Punch Drunk Productions EP
1993 Circlestorm Custom Recordings Compilation
1993 Election Night 93: Straight Off the Desk Heinous Fuck Records Live
1995 Force Kangaroo EP
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
1997 Tao Custom Recordings LP
1999 Consolidated Custom Recordings LP
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

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

Resist Records

Trial & Error Records


  1. ^ Australian Music Info. "Resist Records". Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  2. ^ Punknews. "Toe to Toe: Tao". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  3. ^ National Library of Australia. "Toe to Toe". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Toe to Toe". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  5. ^ Missing Link Records. "Toe to Toe". Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  6. ^ Triple J. "Toe to Toe Interview". Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  7. ^ Yahoo! GeoCities. "Toe to Toe". Archived from the original on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  8. ^ Trial & Error Records. "Toe to Toe/Tenth Dan Split 7". Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Toe to Toe: Threats and Facts". Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  10. ^ The Red Pen. "Still Standing Toe To Toe". Retrieved 25 October 2010.