Friday, December 11, 2009

Born Against was a critically acclaimed left wing, hardcore punk band from New YorkThe band performed together in the four years between 1989 and 1993. Vocal duties were handled by Sam McPheeters (from Life’s Blood) and Adam Nathanson (also from Life’s Blood) was the key guitarist. The rhythm section frequently changed in its line-up, but some prominent temporary members of the band included Neil Burke (again from Life’s Blood) and Tonie Joy (from Universal Order of Armageddon and Moss Icon) on bass guitar, Melissa York (later in Team Dresch and The Butchies) and Brooks Headley (also from Universal Order of Armageddon) on drums. After Born Against disbanded, McPheeters formed Men’s Recovery Project with Burke and, later, Wrangler Brutes with Headley. Nathanson went on to form (Young) Pioneers.Born Against released several records on the independent label Vermiform Records. Albums included Nine Patriotic Hymns For Children and Battle Hymns For The Race War. Of particular note is the Eulogy 7” that was dedicated to Steve Reddy of Equal Vision Records.Born Against (and Rorschach) also owned Sick of It All on a radio show discussing censorship.