Filed under: Italian
ROUGH-S/T ep (Meccano) ‘82
I was first introduced Torino, Italys ROUGH by way of maximum rock and roll radio in the mid 80’s. Then, I got a copy of the “ahhh….Italian punk!!” cassette on BCTapes not long after, which they also appeared on. Both times hearing them didn’t really pique my interest as I was SO into “hardcore” and blazing fast music. Those things, coupled with the fact that their music was kinda “OI” and the band were supposedly skinheads (not really popular with the kids) made me completely write them off.
Fast forward to the 90’s and I’m trading records with guy in Italy. In the trade, I begrudgingly recieve the ROUGH 7″ after being assured “it’s really good” and “give it another shot” even though I’ve explained my hardships with the band to my Italian “friend”. When it arrives (with 5 other 7″s), I file it away and forget about it once again.
Fast forward a couple of years and I’m reading an Italian hardcore “history” article in maximum rcok and roll (written by Stuart “the professor” Schrader, no less) and he mentions the greatness of the ROUGH 7″. At this point, I’m thinking I’m either dumb or deaf over this record. I dust it off, give it a listen and whatta ya know….. It is a truly GREAT record. Burly, mid-tempo songs that remind me of the 1st. DISCHARGE ep and HELLHAMMER (yes, the 80’s metal band) make this one an absolute CRUSHER of a 7″.
I don’t really know much about these guys except the above mentioned appearance on the BCT comp and a few other comps. As usual, any info would be welcome.
Posted by: SurlyOldPunk