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Redemption 87 were an East Bay Hardcore band containing ex-members of Unit Pride, Skankin’ Pickle, and Token Entry, and future members of AFI,The Nerve Agents, Blaqk Audio, and Said Radio. They released their first EP, The Spidey Sessions, in 1995, their eponymous debut LP in 1997, and their last LP, All Guns Poolside, in 1999.

Lars Frederiksen of Rancid had a hand in bringing the guys of R87 together, and had always wanted a punk band to go by the name Redemption 77, but the band was far more interested in recapturing the essence of the hardcore scene circa ‘87, so they went with Redemption 87. Their goal was to reclaim hardcore from the crossover, heavy metal music it had become and return it to its punk roots. They were heavily influenced by New York hardcore bands such as Sick of It All, Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits, Antidote, and Cro-Mags, but were perhaps most influenced by Connecticut’s Youth of Today.

Guitarist Jade Puget would go on to join fellow East Bay Hardcore outfit AFI, and vocalist Eric Ozenne formed The Nerve Agents, alongside Timmy Stardust and Andy Outbreak, whose own bay area punk band, Model American, was beginning to end.

Redemption 87 played two reunion shows in 2004. 2007 would see Redemption 87 drummer Gary Gutfeld reunite with Eric Ozenne in Said Radio, which also contains Dante Sigona from Eric’s post-R87 band, The Nerve Agents.


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  • jeffboulter


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  • rok2slayr

    if you don't know these guys you aren't doing it right.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • Suyomizzle

    this band is fucking tight

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • lathandplaster

    haven't listened to this in ages. it's considerably better than I remember. I really wish we'd had more than a day and a half to track that first record, cuz the songs were damn good.

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • OptimusPunx

    yeah this band is rad as fuck, the vocals are the truly gnarly

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • rudebyrd

    first time listening to them their good:))

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • onno

    wow tripled their listeners in 1 year!

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
  • nothing_to_hide

    eric onzone is jesus

    5 Jun 2007 Reply
  • DemiHarlequin

    now, if I could FIND some redemption 87 ANYWHERE, i'd bet i'd love them.

    9 Feb 2007 Reply
  • drugfreeadult

    Has Eric Ozenne fronted a bad band? The answer is no. Unit Pride, Redemption 87, Nerve Agents...all great bands.

    5 Jan 2007 Reply
  • EvoFX

    why the fuck is there only 365 listeners, these guys are fucking raw

    23 Oct 2006 Reply
  • dwnsjane2

    Were a good band.

    24 Jun 2006 Reply

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