RRHQ went into a little bit of a deep sleep in 2016, but we are back with the first two of many new releases slated for this year.
SOREX - Portrait of a Prisoner LP
Hailing from Redondo Beach, California, Sorex released just a single 7” EP – three tracks of no-fi, snotty-yet-abrasive beach hardcore – in a 200-copy micro pressing in 1985, and played a scant dozen or so shows up and down the California coast before fading into hardcore record collector obscurity.
Radio Raheem’s crack team of hardcore archaeologists have since managed to rescue Sorex’s elusive EP from the collector ghetto and tack on 17 additional tracks, culled from the band’s 1984 demo tape and sessions for a never- released 1985 LP, all accompanied by a 16-page, full-color booklet full of rare photos, flyers and ephemera. Limited to 500 copies.
SMART DADS - Bummer Summer LP
In our humble opinion, San Antonio, Texas’ the Smart Dads are the embodiment of lo-fi cassette punk at its finest. This LP contains the only recorded output by this short-lived group of military school misfits, who self-released a 7-track cassette in 1982 with an obnoxious 7”-sized insert, inconveniently housed in an oversized zip-lock bag with a badge clipped to the front. The title track — or any of the other 6 tracks, for that matter — would have found the perfect home on Bloodstains Across Texas or any of the Killed By Death volumes, had it made it to vinyl during the band’s original tenure. This record is a testament to what we at Radio Raheem HQ love — 100% junk, full-on punk, completely sincere, and scarcely heard.
One time pressing of 300 copies complete with 12-page, full-color booklet and silk screened vinyl B-side. Mail order copies include reproductions of the original 1.25” button designs.
On deck we have releases by Acid Attack, Sarcasm, Insanity, Hellbent, Against, and the NYHC legends The Psychos -- not to mention our first foray into publishing with the long awaited Matinee photo book project and Tri-X Noise, a collection of photos by Texas legend Bill Daniel. Both of those should be up for sale soon with exclusive mail-order only special editions. More details on both soon!