Saturday, 15 September 2007

N.O.T.A. - Toy Soldiers ep 1984

None of the Above - N.O.T.A. for short - were an under appreciated hardcore band from Tulsa, OK. Despite an 8 year run from 1979 to 1987 the band only produced a modest body of work. 1983 saw the release of their demo tape Live At The Crystal Pistol, which directly lead to Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll including them on Welcome to 1984 international compilation. In 1984 N.O.T.A. released their first EP, the Moscow 7″, on the Unclean label. 1985 saw the band switching to the Rabid Cat label (at the time home to the Offenders and Scratch Acid) and releasing the Toy Soldiers EP and an eponymous album. While some of the material sounds dated, a good portion still sounds fresh, a testament to N.O.T.A.’s ability to temper their breakneck hardcore with elements of classic, catchy punk.

01 - Toy Soldiers
02 - Justice In America
03 - Fucked Up
04 - Cattle Call
05 - Riot Kids









Rabid Records.

4 comments:

adamski said...

Yep, NOTA were one of the most criminally under-appreciated bands in the US, probably because they didn't come from one of the bigger scenes. Just catchy as hell & totally rippin' with it. I think people these days can appreciate them much more.

BIG AL THE PUNK said...

TOY SOLDIERS IS ONE OF THE BEST HARDCORE RELEASES EVER !!!!!!!

IT SHREDS FROM START TO FINISH.

notarules@hotmail.com

rayss said...

when i was in highschool a little over ten years ago my friend came to school with two records he bought at a thrift store(2nd hand store) for one dollar each, one was the nota st lp and the other was a youth of today record that didnt have the yot record inside but a uniform choice record, either way it was pretty cool(not that we were sxe but at 16 or 17 anything cheap andpunk was welcome to our ears)

rayss said...

a little over 10 years ago i was 16 or 17 and at a blanks 77 show whn i saw a boy in his late 20s or early 30s selling records outside the show, i had 4bux so i only browsed a few of the 7''s i found nota - toy soldiers for $4 and a repress of big boys frat cars7'' for $3, i only had $4 and though it was long and hard being texan i wentwith the frat cars 7'', i dont regret my choice i just really wish i had 3 more dollars to get the nota 7''. plus ill never see it for that cheap again.