Soul Side

Soul Side

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Soul Side Review

by Chris True

One of the benefits of Dischord celebrating its 20th anniversary was its newfound interest in its (and other small related labels from the D.C. area) past releases. Remastering such powerhouses as the Faith, Minor Threat, and Rites of Spring, the label then delved into half-releases like the 1986 debut on Sammich/Dischord from Soul Side. The band would eventually become known for its bass-guided political punk, and the roots of that are quite obvious on this debut. Sure, the edges are a bit rough and the direction of the record does not have the consistency of later releases, but this is a welcome addition to any D.C. punk fan's collection -- a solid debut from what would turn out to be one of those Dischord bands that we would inevitably all miss when they inevitably broke up.

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