Thursday, November 13, 2008
Battalion of Saints
(Not the actual cover for Death-R-Us)
This group is criminally slept on. Unless you're from SD or big time hardcore head you probably have never heard of Battalion of Saints. When compared to their Southern Californian counterparts like Black Flag, T.S.O.L, Minutemen, The Descendants, and so on you'd think they would be equally as known. B.A.T.S played harder and faster than most and were pretty much the most nihilistic dudes in the city. Everyone save for the lead singer (George Anthony) is dead.
I got fired from this pizzeria back in like 2006 and I got hired right next door at this restaurant as a dishwasher of all things. Not tight. One of the line chefs was this smart ass older guy that would always sort of f*ck with me while I was working the late shifts. We started talking one night and it turns out he was George Anthony the last living member of the band. He pretty much would keep me entertained with the craziest punk stories ever told for the rest time I worked that job. One of which involves him punching Henry Rollins in the snot box which they briefly mention in "American Hardore".
If you don't have this one in your hardcore collection you're missing out big time.
Battalion of Saints Death-R-Us (Full Album)