SLAPSHOT is a band shrouded in history, rumors, and urban legend. Their damn-near thirty year existense has equally divided the hardcore community and united its adherents. Very few bands have left such a mark that generation after generation of hardcore kids find it incumbent upon themselves to discover SLAPSHOT fresh and new for themselves to give them a foundation for their listening development. In a scene that so often differentiates sub-genres of old school hardcore between youth crew and tough guy, SLAPSHOT clearly is neither, and decisively both at the same time. They are straight edge and they are tough. But they don't share enough with either Youth Of Today or Madball to really serve to further define either sub-genre.
Underneath all the rich history and all the chatter of their past is the most important element of SLAPSHOT - their music. Unapologetically straight forward, speed-reliant hardcore that won't give metal the time of day and leaves punk lying in the dust, SLAPSHOT continues to be nothing but the most pure version of hardcore there is. Their straight edge branding is also unwavering and consistent. Long after Ian Mackaye has dis-associated himself with the movement and Ray Cappo became more interested in playing with his pet rabbit, Choke and the boys in SLAPSHOT still remain undeniably edge
Visual Discrimination was a late 80's hardcore band from OC California. They had a much harder sound than a lot of the other straight edge bands from California around the same time. They've often been described as a late 80's California version of New York Hardcore. That description is not far off either.
Take liberal doses of Toy Dolls & The Pogues and these Phoenix stalwarts do that and then some. A cross between Soccer chants and punk melody. I mean who doesnt like a good bit of Hooliganism.