Violent Reaction

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Violent Reaction
OriginLiverpool, Merseyside, England
GenresHardcore punk
Years active2011–2016
LabelsQuality Control, Painkiller, Revelation, Static Shot, Mind Rot
Past members

Violent Reaction were an English straight edge hardcore punk band. Originally a solo-project of Tom Pimlott in Liverpool, the band gained additional members after relocating to Leeds. In Straight Edge A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History, Mike Clark cited them as one of the most important modern straight edge bands.[1] They were a part of the New Wave of British Hardcore.[2]


Violent Reaction began as a solo-project of Tom Pimlott in Liverpool in 2011. Under the moniker, he released the Violent Reaction and Session One demos in 2011 on Mind Rot Records, Violent Reaction EP in 2012 through Quality Control HQ, 6131 Records and Mind Rot Records, and City Streets LP in 2013, through Painkiller Records.[3][4] Soon after, Pimlott moved to Leeds, where he recruited additional musicians to help perform the music live.[3] In 2013, they toured the U.S. in support of Hounds of Hate. In 2014, they did a U.S. tour, with support from the Flex. In 2015, they took part in a co-headline tour of the U.S. with Arms Race.[5][6] They released their sophomore album Marching On on 31 March 2015 through Revelation Records, being the first non-American band to sign to the label.[7][8] In June 2016, they announced that they would be breaking up at the end of the year, after a European tour with Arms Race.[9]

Musical style[edit]

The band merges American–style hardcore punk with elements of UK82 and Oi!. They have cited influences including Poison Idea, Out Cold, Negative Approach, State of Alert, Agnostic Front,[1][10] Minor Threat, SSD, the 4 Skins, Blitz,[8] 86 Mentality and Straight Ahead.[11] They are considered a hardcore punk band.[12][7][13][14] Peter Freyer of Slug Magazine described them as "Part Negative Approach, part U.K. street punk with a healthy amount of NYHC".[15]


  • Tom Pimlott – vocals (2011–2015)
  • Tom "Razor" Hardwick – guitar (2013–2015)
  • Charlie "Chubby Charles" Fresh – guitar, bass (2013–2015)
  • Jimmy "J–Town" Wizard – bass, guitar (2013–2014)
  • Callum Baird – bass (2014–2015)
  • Nick "Skins" Sarnella – drums (2013–2015)


  • City Streets (2013)
  • Marching On (2015)
  • Violent Reaction (2012)
  • Dead End (2014)
  • Violent Reaction (2011)
  • Session One (2011)


  1. ^ a b Rettman, Tony. Straight Edge A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History.
  2. ^ GILLIS, CARLA (9 August 2016). "Not Dead Yet unveils more programming: Warthog, Vexx, No Tolerance". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
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  4. ^ "Exclusive: Violent Reaction Debut New Album Marching On". 24 March 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. ^ "UK Hardcore Band Violent Reaction Say "Leave Me Out" on New Revelation LP". Vice Media. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  6. ^ "UK Hardcore Band Violent Reaction Say "Leave Me Out" On New Revelation LP". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b ANDREW, J. (9 April 2015). "Album Review: VIOLENT REACTION Marching On". Metal Injection. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Violent Reaction Decimate Stages & Show Great Work Ethic". 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  9. ^ Hereth, Simon (22 June 2016). "VIOLENT REACTION WILL DISBAND AT THE END OF 2016". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  10. ^ Breihan, Tom (25 March 2015). "Stream Violent Reaction Marching On". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  11. ^ Kamiński, Karol (25 March 2015). "MUSICVIOLENT REACTION streaming their new LP in full!". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  12. ^ Gardner, Noel. "It's Noel's Straight Hedge! The Latest Punk & Hardcore Reviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  13. ^ Frankel, Ricky. "Violent Reaction Marching On (2015)". Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  14. ^ H, Kane. "Violent Reaction launch pre-orders, release songs". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  15. ^ FRYER, PETER (May 2015). "REVIEW: VIOLENT REACTION – MARCHING ON". Retrieved 15 November 2019.