The Bruisers

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: oi street punk punk skinhead hardcore punk rock streetpunk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Influential pioneers of the street punk/Oi! movement in the USA, the Bruisers formed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1988. Continually dogged by line-up changes and bad luck, they continued to make excellent records right up to their demise. By the time of their first release on the small Patriot Records label, 1988’s Intimidation EP, the band comprised Al Barr (vocals), Jeff Morris (guitar), Scotty Davies (bass), and Roger Shosa (drums). The EP’s raw take on the UK Oi! sound, was tempered by a definite US blue-collar rock edge. Limited to 1, 000 copies, it sold out almost immediately. The self-released seven-track cassette EP Independence Day, featuring Crash (rhythm guitar) and new drummer Danny Conners, marked a further refinement in the band’s sound. A string of 7-inch singles followed before the release of 1993’s Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’. A tight combination of rockabilly, punk and hardcore, the album was originally released by...

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