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Link 80

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San Francisco, United States (1994 – 2002)

Link 80 was a punk / band from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Link 80 started in early 1994 in the famous East Bay of California. In the beginning, original members (guitarist Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, drummer Joey Bustos, bassist Adam Pereria and singer Jeff Acree) played around town as Drano, The Rag-Tags, and Mr. Slave-Unit, before settling on Link 80.

The name came from the interstate highway I-80 which they used to get to the drummer’s garage for band practice and connected the band members’ homes.

In July 1995, Nick Traina joined the band after meeting Adam at a show in San Francisco’s Mission District. Nick’s passion and voice combined with the rest of the band to make them different from most bands and gave Link 80 the “against the rest” attitude they display throughout their lyrics. Far more punk than and with an energy and a sense of immediacy lacking in pop-oriented bands, Link 80 was able to avoid the clichés of characterized by their peers. As Asian Man Records describes them, they are an energetic blend of , , and .

After some demos, split EPs, complilation releases, “17 Reasons” and “Killing Katie” (both on Asian Man Records) Nick left Link 80 and started another band called Knowledge. Knowledge released one record on Asian Man Records named “A Gift Before I Go”. Shortly thereafter Nick Traina committed suicide, at the age of 19.

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