The Young Republicans were a snot-nosed foursome of skinheads who lived in suburban upstate New York near the Connecticut border. Their demo cassette from late 1983 has been one of the most speculated upon and infamous demos in the history of hardcore; some claimed to have heard it, some old-timers claimed they had the demo cassette in their closet only to not deliver anything, and previously the only known copy was hoarded by the owner, refusing to tape it for anyone, including band members.
Perhaps the Young Republicans are best known for what they’d become: 75% of the band (Porcell, Darren Pesce, & Graham Phillips) would later form Youth of Today with Ray Cappo who was playing in Violent Children & Reflex From Pain at the time. The Young Republicans formed the majority of Youth of Today and this lineup recorded the “Can’t Close My Eyes” 7″ and the rest is history…
This 9 song EP captures the absolute essence of spirited hardcore under the shroud of Reagan: snot-nosed teens going faster MPH while standing in opposition to teachers, parents, rednecks, & suburbia. Highly catchy & classic sounding, this could easily be considered the crucial missing NYHC or CT 7” EP from 1983.
Three tracks on this Young Republicans 7″ EP would later be reworked and rerecorded for the debut Youth of Today “Can’t Close My Eyes” 7” on Positive Force; “Respect For Authority (None)” became “Stabbed In The Back”, “Backyard Bomb” became “Expectations”, and “High School Rednecks” became Project X’s “Straightedge Revenge” note for note on their sole 7″ EP on Schism.
I strived to give this the packaging I felt a release like this deserves: a thicker 14 pt glued 7″ jacket with an old school style “dip cut” (like a late 70’s UK punk 45) along with a nicely done 2-sided 14″ x 7″ insert that includes lyrics and tons of photos that Porcell excavated from his archive.