Title - '415 Records: Still Disturbing The Peace'
Artist - Various Artists
If you were unaware, 415 Records was a force in the '70s/early '80s, offering punk, new wave, synthpop/electrorock music from its based in SF, CA.
The label primarily featured music from SF bands although as the label grew, they signed bands from other cities as well. Indeed, the label name 415 is a reference both to the telephone area code for the San Francisco area and to the police code for disturbing the peace.
415 was founded in 1978 by rock promoter Howie Klein and record store owner Chris Knab. Together with friend and collector Butch Bridges, they built a powerhouse indie label focusing on young new wave bands such as SVT, The Uptones, and Pop-O-Pies.
And now those hallowed vaults of San Francisco indie label 415 Records have opened as another new label – Liberation Hall – is revisiting 415’s pre-Columbia catalogue.
Released on October 9th, 2020, Liberation Hall launched its 415 Records reissue series with an expanded edition of the original 1978 Disturbing the Peace compilation on CD and digital platforms.
This set, newly-entitled Still Disturbing the Peace: The Past Is the Present, features tracks by Mutants, The Nuns, The Offs, Monkey Rhythm, Baby Buddha, and many other bands reflecting the diversity of the Bay Area scene in the late 1970s.
1. 'Suicide Child' (The Nuns)
2. 'Insect Lounge' (Mutants)
3. 'Drivin' (Pearl Harbor and The Explosions)
4. 'Always Comes Back' (SVT)
5. 'No Long Good-byes' (VKTMS)
6. 'Everyone's A Bigot' (The Offs)
7. 'Guns of Revolution' (Red Rockers)
8. 'They Walk Among You' (New Math)
9. 'The Catholics Are Attacking' (Pop-O-Pies)
10. 'Stand By Your Man' (Baby Buddha)
11. 'High Pressure Days' (The Units)
12. 'K.U.S.A.' (The Uptones)
13. '415 Music' (The Readymades)
14. 'Savage' (The Nuns)
15. 'Teenage Underground' (Red Rockers)
16. 'Recognition' (Renegades)
17. 'Truckin' (Pop-O-Pies)
18. 'Simple Sabotage' (The Symptoms)
19. 'Don't Get Mad' (The Imposters)
20. 'Warm Moving Bodies' (Units)
21. 'This Must Be The Place' (Monkey Rhythm)
This wickedly vibrant Still Disturbing The Peace compilation is the first to feature releases from 415 that have not been available in 40 years and offers up a familiar revisit for most of music as stylistically varied as stripped-down primal punk, to lushly orchestrated electronica.
Opening with the rawly atmospheric 'Suicide Child' (The Nuns) and following that up with the gently frenetic 'Insect Lounge' (Mutants), next up is the one-two pop-punk bounce of 'Drivin' (Pearl Harbor and The Explosions), and the basement rock of 'Always Comes Back' (SVT) and the Siouxsie-esque VKTMS on 'No Long Good-byes.'
The fervent two-tone of 'Everyone's A Bigot' (The Offs) is then backed by the growled punk angst of 'Guns of Revolution' (Red Rockers), the airy pop psych of 'They Walk Among You' (New Math), the lofi, vocal brilliance of 'The Catholics Are Attacking' (Pop-O-Pies), and then both the Laurie Anderson-esque rendition of 'Stand By Your Man' (Baby Buddha) and the synth-imbued 'High Pressure Days' (The Units).
Next up is the fun pop flow of 'K.U.S.A.' (The Uptones) and the Green Day-esque '415 Music' (The Readymades), which are followed by the female-led, Debbie Harry-esque 'Savage' (The Nuns), the buoyant 'Teenage Underground' (Red Rockers), and then (after a radio intro) the blockbuster cut 'Recognition' from Renegades.
Coming into the final bend, we get the pulsating 'Truckin' (Pop-O-Pies), the gentle, melodic pop punk rock of 'Simple Sabotage' (The Symptoms), the foot-tappin' 'Don't Get Mad' (The Imposters), with the album rounding out on the vibrant synth and drum work of 'Warm Moving Bodies' (Units), closing on the free flowing, early Simple Minds/Talking Heads-esque 'This Must Be The Place' (Monkey Rhythm).
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