Sick Of It All
There is Punk, and then there is Hardcore Punk. Sick Of It All, from Queens, is the latter.
Formed in '86, the Koller Brothers, vocalist Lou and guitarist Pete, and their compadres jumped to the Bowery where they played Sunday matinees at the now legendary CBGBs. From there, they experienced a common trajectory for many groups - a career bell curve.
Sick Of It All recorded a demo that got them signed to an indie label where they released a pair of albums ('89s "Blood, Sweat And No Tears" and '92s "Just Look Around").
'92 was a pivotal year with the band's line-up finally solidifying. Drummer Armand Majidi, who'd quit in '89, returned and bassist Craig Setari replaced Rich Cipriano, who left in '90.
With two albums out, Sick Of It All attracted a major label, East West Records, and released two more albums ('94's "Scratch The Surface" and '97's "Built To Last").
Since critical acclaim doesn't always equate with commercial success, Sick Of It All were dropped by East West but picked up by the indie Fat Wreck Chords, a label run by Fat Mike of NOFX.
"Call To Arms," "Yours Truly" and "Life On The Ropes," arriving in '99, '00 and '03, respectively, were the result of that deal. But then Sick Of It All were dropped by Fat Wreck Chords. Now they were two time losers -dropped by a major and an indie.
That would have been the end of the road for some. But not for Sick Of It All.
They landed on Abacus Records, a subsidiary of Century Media, for their eighth studio album "Death To Tyrants." But the '06 set's positive reviews couldn't stop Abacus from going out of business. So '10's "Based On A True Story," '11's "Non-Stop" and '14's "Last Act Of Defiance" were on the Century Media imprint.
1989 Blood, Sweat And No Tears
1992 Just Look Around
1994 Scratch The Surface
1997 Built To Last
1999 Call To Arms
2000 Yours Truly
2003 Life On the Ropes
2006 Death To Tyrants
2010 Based On A True Story
2014 Last Act Of Defiance