(Read Part One here). I donâ€™t know what it is about SIN 34, and why I come back to their recordings every few years. They were perhaps the first speed/thrash/burn punk band that ever connected with me during my teenage late-night listening sessions with â€œMaximum Rock and Roll Radioâ€, even before Black Flag or Minor Threat. Generic-by-the-numbers early 80s LA hardcore, with the added curveball of female singer â€œJulieâ€, SIN 34 at times had this ability to leapfrog the genre & throw in some burning, stop-start hooks that got testosterone-fueled limbs flailing and bodies flying. I know that their name made it to Pee-Chees and Army surplus jackets even at my Northern California high school â€“ but then again, so did â€œChina Whiteâ€, â€œTSOLâ€ and â€œThe Adictsâ€. In SoCal, they had a much higher profile, due to band member Dave Markeyâ€™s involvement with WE GOT POWER fanzine and friendly connections with RED CROSS and Smoke Seven records. Only one 7â€EP and one (quite lame, save for 3-4 tracks) LP made it out, but Iâ€™ve cherry-picked the bandâ€™s winners for you. Read a whole lot more about SIN 34 here and here.
Play or Download SIN 34 â€“ â€œNuclear Warâ€ (from 1982 â€œSudden Deathâ€ compilation LP)
Play or Download SIN 34 â€“ â€œLeft Waitingâ€ (from 1983 â€œDo You Feel Safe?â€ LP)
Play or Download SIN 34 â€“ â€œForgive and Forgetâ€ (from 1983 â€œDo You Feel Safe?â€ LP)
Play or Download SIN 34 â€“ â€œNotâ€ (from 1983 â€œWe Got Powerâ€ compilation LP)