Positive punkers Cranked Up! unite members of several Philadelphia-area bands: vocalist Pat Society and drummer Jason from Violent Society; guitarist Andy from Bomb Squadron; bassist Sid from Super Hi-5; and second guitarist Jon from no one but himself, thank you very much! Melding old-school punk aesthetics to modern sound values, the group issued a split 7" with the Neon Maniacs and an eight-song mini CD (both later combined into 2002's A Call for Solidarity on Creep Records) before signing to Blackout! and issuing their proper full-length debut, This Is a Weapon, in 2005.
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