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Sick Of It All

Formed by brothers Lou and Pete Koller in the mid-'80s, Sick of It All became a seminal band in the New York City hardcore scene. While remaining true to their roots and without compromising their style, Sick of It All progressed from an indie band with a strong live following to a major-label act touring with the likes of Helmet and Rancid. Sick of It All remained a vital influence on the hardcore scene. They released Built to Last in early 1997 to critical acclaim and an expanding audience.

The brothers came up with the band's bluntly expressive name in their parents' basement in 1984. SOIA's original lineup -- with Lou on vocals, Pete on guitar, Rich Cipriano on bass, and Arman Majidi on drums -- released an initial self-titled EP in 1987 on the independent Revelation label. After playing N.Y.C. clubs like CBGB and building a strong local following, SOIA released, on the Combat label, their first album, Blood Sweat & No Tears, a collection of 19 songs of intense energy, 17 of which clocked in at less than two minutes. Following the release of the album, SOIA embarked on their first national tour. Majidi left during the tour to work with Rest in Pieces and was replaced by Max Capshaw. Majidi rejoined to record the We Stand Alone EP, which was released in early 1991 on the Relativity label. Neither Majidi nor Cipriano played with the Koller brothers on the tour preceding the release; Eddie Coen substituted on bass, plus E.K. on drums.

SOIA recorded and released Just Look Around for Relativity in 1992 with the original lineup intact, and then Cipriano left for good prior to an international tour that brought SOIA to Europe and Japan. Craig Setari came on to play bass and to establish the lineup that remained intact into the new millennium. Just Look Around was instrumental in revitalizing the declining N.Y.C. hardcore scene. SOIA left the Relativity label after the release of the album, citing dissatisfaction with the efforts of the indie label. They released Scratch the Surface in 1994 on the Eastwest label, facing accusations of selling out from fans and industry members.

Two releases in 1995 on the Lost & Found label -- a live album entitled Live in a World Full of Hate and a collection of early recordings, Spreading the Hardcore Reality -- bridged the gap between the releases of Scratch the Surface and Built to Last, which was released on the Elektra label. During that time, SOIA continued to tour extensively, including visits to South and Central America.

SOIA have suffered from associations with violence. Frequent fights at early shows gave them the unwanted and unfounded image of condoning violence. The bandmembers have attempted to disassociate the group from the violent acts of their fans. In the early '90s, Wayne Lo, a Massachusetts prep student, shot and killed several classmates while wearing a Sick of It All T-shirt, and The New York Times granted space to the bandmembers to issue a statement of vindication, in which they explained how Lo had misinterpreted their lyrics. Rolling Stone also ran an editorial in defense of the band. "Goatless," a song on Scratch the Surface, is inspired by the episode.

SOIA's steady progression has been colored by numerous accusations of selling out. The band once debated the pseudo-anarchist band Born Against live on N.Y.U. radio about that very subject. The band generally dismisses any such accusations. Only in recent years have the members of the group been able to give up their "day jobs." They are not overly concerned about their image, and in fact have stated in interviews that they have no image. They are more concerned about writing music inspired by real events in their own lives, and performing it with more emphasis on impact and energy than on melody.

Still going strong into the new millennium, Sick of It All returned with their second release on Fat Wreck Chords, Yours Truly, in the fall of 2000. Next came the band documentary video The Story So Far in 2001, their contribution to Fat's Live in a Dive series (2002), the studio album Life on the Ropes (2003), and the B-sides collection Outtakes for the Outcast (2004). Marking 20 years together in 2006, they began the year in the U.K. with Dropkick Murphys before their ninth full-length, Death to Tyrants, dropped in April on Abacus. The band spent the next four years touring, and finally returned with its ninth album, Based on a True Story, in April of 2010. The following year, Sick of It All celebrated their 25th anniversary with Nonstop, which featured the band re-recording some of its classic songs with producer Tue Madsen at the helm in the studio. ~ Nick Kemper, Rovi
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My cousin told me about these guys around the time Death To Tyrants came out. Love this band, heavy with a lot of drive. Good cruising music
SICK OF IT ALL!!! What more do I need to say? SICK OF IT FUKIN ALL!! Hahahaha
New York artist Phil frost designed album cover . Fyi
They should remaster Just Look Around. Another great one by SOIA
loubro2006
I love this band. Please add Based on a true story Pandora? Infact add the rest of their catalog! Damn man.
Awesome band, but Pandora messed up the lyrics for Soul be Free. They put the lyrics for All H Breaks Loose by THe Misfits
Always a Sik show!!!
I saw SOIA play with Slayer during the Diabolus Musica tour that was sweet. I notice when SOIA plays with a thrash or metal band they throw better shows.
trluttermose r
Need to tour with slayer again!
nyhc buffalo ny love you guys still seen you in chico when you came ur still sick an im the one u used to call harley when u used to play at the skyroom in buffalo an im not a trendy an nyhc will never die only the trendies so drop me an e at cendich@hotm a i l . c o m love yous always an i never forgot my roots no matter were i live nychc forever inbreeded
Sick of it all are a good band
nicko252008
Don't EVER compare SOIA with As I lay Dying. I saw as i lay live in San Diego they sucked so effin bad, I kicked skinny jean kids in there throat.
Def hate the album selection on Pandora sometimes! They only have major label stuff...no wonder a lot of ppl are turned off by some bands; when they might be impressed if they were exposed to most bands better, earlier stuff. Not huge on SOIA anymore but they did a lot for nyhc in the 90s
hard core.pete re ping for the 386.the hill ponce inlet will f**k you up.
tristanhi88
another self hating east coast act going to shhiiit with lame conviction lame weak n totally sharped out in nothingness
Injustice system is an awesome song to listen to on GTA4!!!!!
ewantuch1
Where are the first three albums?
paulgolando
Oh yeah sure, I know, it's a free country and I aint got the right. But I got a badge... what do you got?
wtf pandora... where are blood sweat, and just look around...?
G.I. joe headstomp! and blood,sweat, a n d no tears should win an award!
get some old school SOIA on here, pandora. this aint it.
knightnangel
Long live NYHC
Love the one where they are making fun of some duchebag DJ...
Nice my band played with these guys at a local show. They came to see us and we nearly s**t ourselves when we saw them in the crowd. We let them use our gear and gave them half our set. It was awesome.
blood sweat no tears where is it?? it needs to be up
Sick of it all is some of the best in both new and older hardcore. Keep it coming and we'll keep kickin' a**!
new album "based on a true story" dropped today.
wiki willow shut the hell up this kind of music is true not that comercial attorney setup s**t god should smack you
If everyone else keeps requesting the "Built to Last" and "Scratch the Surface" albums be added, they'll get the albums on here quicker!! :)
Here's what I got back to my inquiry.

Hey there xxxx,

Thanks for the great album recommendati o n s by Sick of it All. We greatly appreciate your feedback! We're getting so many great music suggestions every day. So it may take us some time, but we will look into checking out this cool new music. I've added this to our to-research list. Thanks for taking the time to write to us and for your interest in Pandora!

Cheers,
Jasmyn

Jasmyn
Listener Advocate @ Pandora
these guys kick so much a**
I'm writing Pandora right now to get "Built to Last" and "Scratch the Surface" added. Our collective voice WILL be heard!!
the greatest
DONT WASTE MY TIME!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! AMAZING
The Godfathers of Hardcore ... period.
Once they joined Fat Wreck Chords SOIA lost all there creativity. They must have signed a deal that strained their ability to write great songs. But no one can touch the fact that this band has been blowing people away since many of you were s**tting in your diapers(or before). "Built to last" recorded ten years in and over ten years out from when I wrote this. Enough said.
Sick of It All became a seminal band in the New York City hardcore scene. Not a true statement Agnostic Frount is NYC Hardcore. Sick of it all did give up there roots.
Absolutely love and worship this band. Best live show I've ever seen- back in 1994. They had Korn and Orange 9mm open for them. SOIA destroyed that place :) And I have to agree with the person below- where is "Scratch the Surface" and "Built to Last?" Not to mention previous records, but those two stand alone as masterpieces !
SOIA rocks!! saw them with slayer in 03
My second tattoo was the Sick Of It All dragon way back in 1989 by the famous Salior Moses. May he rest in peace, probobaly giving Jesus a tat right now.
ileesia1788
I was turned on to SOIA by my best friend and have since seen them 4 times in the past year.....the last time in a church basement (not kidding, either) in Philly! They even came to my hole-in-the- w a l l hick town and played to about 80 people in a room no bigger than my living room, but they totally rocked the place! There was none of that "I'm too good to play a place like this" kind of attitude.
fyrfytr998
WTF? How can "Scratch The Surface" and "Built To Last" not be in the discography?
if you know rott 7 than you know i know these guys ive seen twenty times and i left ten pounds lighter and bruized love em
lol! thats like saying black sabbath sounds like down...both are some of the best and honest bands ever but you got your cart b4 your horse
SIOA is exacly how I feel at work today. These guys sound just like Pro-Pain!

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