“Everybody’s like, you guys are so cool and mellow. But when you’re on stage you’re crazy. Ya, we get it all out there. If I didn’t I’d break a lot of TV remotes. Amb Pirate chats with vocalist Lou Koller of Sick Of It All @ Vans Warped Tour 08/04/2017 Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA in the video below.
Formed during 1986 in Queens, the band released their first self-titled EP on Revelation Records and began to accumulate a strong local following by playing famous clubs like CBGBs (‘A Month Of Sundays’ actually pays tribute to these glorious days at this legendary venue). Soon after, the band released their first full-length record ‘Blood Sweat And No Tears’ on In-Effect Records. Often revolving around politics, social injustices and life on the streets of New York, the band wore their heart on their sleeve and made no apologies, often including threads of positivity. When their second album ‘Just Look Around’ was released in 1992, it was a benchmark for the band and the New York hardcore scene, and kicked off their globe-trotting expansion with tours in Europe, South America and Japan. They released their breakthrough album ‘Scratch The Surface’ in 1994 on Atlantic, followed by the seminal album ‘Built To Last’ in 1997. After releasing three albums on Fat Wreck Chords, as well as a live album and a collection of rarities, the band took on the challenge to push themselves further. ‘Death To Tyrants’ was the band’s first cooperation with Century Media and was mixed by renowned metal producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn, Dark Tranquillity,) adding a refreshingly heavy edge to the band’s trademark NYHC sound. ‘Death To Tyrants’ was extremely well received by media and fans alike and followed up with three years of relentless touring.