Monday, April 16, 2012

War on the Saints ep (1988, Positive Force)

If I'm not mistaken, Positive Force Records was a label owned and operated by Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds).  The Rockford, IL-based War on the Saints partook in something approaching hardcore, though they didn't sound a thing like 7 Seconds, nor did they embody the "posi-core" ethos those Nevada titans made a halfway decent career out of.  Instead, this quartet strike me as not being at war with much of anything at all, and in fact, if any genuine struggle was afoot, it was for these guys to pin down an identity for themselves.  "So Full of Self" is buoyed by a spicy skate metal riff, and goes from there in convincing fashion (relatively speaking), but elsewhere this ep is bogged down in aimless, slow-simmering ennui, that if anything else is tolerable in the brief doses it's dispensed in.  Maybe there's something on War on the Saints that just isn't sinking in with me.  Eye of the beholder I suppose.  Enjoy (or not).

01. So Full of Self
02. Rut Head to Gut
03. Group Think
04. Thought Shine Bright
05. Rainy Day
06. Reason Unknown



Super Touch said...

Apparently WAR ON THE SAINTS is currently active... I just saw them perform live on stage at some mexican dive bar on south main. They rocked everybody's dang block off!!!

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Scott said...


It was fascinating to read a review of our EP so many years on-over 20! Thank you for the feedback.

The War on the Saints EP was definitely "of a time". The four of us all had very different musical tastes but were guided by the same ethos where the only boundary was, there were no boundaries. So the music on the EP is very much eclectic in that sense.

You also have to understand that we did, and still do, cringe at the sub-genre labels attributed to music as you mentioned (i.e."posi-core"). I don't even know what most of them mean.

In all, we made a decent EP and subsequent full-length CD on a German label that was also hit and miss, by virtue of what we were listening to at the time. In fact, had we been better musicians, it may have sounded a lot like a Prince or Rush album.



M-17 said...

The cynic reviewing Wots cracks me up... Perplexed that Wots doesn't fit into a genre easily classified. WOTS are insurgents when compared to primitive / linear forms of music. Within the Skate-Rock subculture WOTS juxt a pose with thier dynamic stylized approach. I saw WOTS headline/ perform with bands like Die Kreuzen and Life Sentence. War On The Saints were the local underdogs of the Midwest 1980s Punk/Skate scene.