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SSD (Society System Decontrol) was a band from Boston. They released two records as SS Decontrol and then formally changed their name to SSD. As SSD they released two more records, these with a very influenced sound. However the group is often simply referred to, including all its periods, as SSD.

Formed by songwriter/guitarist Al Barile (then a machinist at the General Electric plant in Lynn, Massachusetts and a student at Northeastern University), SSD started performing at smaller venues throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area in the summer of 1981. The band quickly gained notoriety within the local music scene for intense, charged performances and the provocative antics of their core group of followers, the Boston Crew.

The original lineup was Al Barile on guitar, Springa (David Spring) on vocals, Jaime Sciarappa on bass and Chris Foley on drums. They released their debut LP The Kids Will Have Their Say on their own X-Claim label in 1982. Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat was a friend and supporter and his Dischord label’s logo appeared on the back cover.

In 1983 they added second guitarist Francois Levesque and released the EP Get It Away. It is widely regarded to be their best record. The X-Claim pressings of it and The Kids Will Have Their Say are both highly collectable.

Like many hardcore bands - particularly those in the Boston area - SSD, as they were now officially called, were heading in a heavy metal direction. In 1984 they signed to the Boston label Modern Method and released the How We Rock EP which was rooted in the hardcore sound but exhibited overt heavy metal characteristics, such as a relatively high number of lengthy guitar solos.


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  • rogertonepit

    Al Barile: "Hockey-Guitar" player.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • alcoholismuss

    Блеа, биография группы это древний баян, который перепечатывали все говнозины. Стыдно.

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • funwithacid

    Got "The Kids Will Have Their Say" on CD. Talk about a bootleg, but I'm still satisfied.

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • HexKitchen

    credit to z. brown for the "how much 'how much art can you take' can you take" challenge. his record is 4 hours.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Dermologiya

    One of the best hardcore punk vocals !

    12 May 2011 Reply
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    9 May 2011 Reply
  • ANYMAL91

    I'm just wonderin how many nazis clicked here in hope to find new evil mustache worship band :D.

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • tangokuningas

    "X-Claim" from their second album Get It Away is sick

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Damn7Boy7

    Learn more about modern russian underground scene!

    4 Mar 2011 Reply
  • KillForCash82

    fearsome hardcore

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • NicSilver

    How much art can you take?

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • OptimusPunx

    this dude looks like beetlejuice now

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • garyxia

    my earphones broke while I was listening to these guys.

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Paolobt1

    god I fucking love this band

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Purzel_PadauZ

    They really grew on me, my first impression was "what the fuck happened to his voice", now i think it's just amazing

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Purzel_PadauZ

    the vocals are kinda nasty, it feels like pure acid... a great band, though

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Rakbladsvalsen

    Slapshot for the win

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    fuckin' brilliant!

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Brushback

    I've always felt that the "Get It Away" 12" was a major accomplishment-- it's like old school hardcore meets noise-rock, totally ahead of its time in both sound and structure. Certainly not just "juvenile and teenage" at all. ("The Kids Will Have Their Say" isn't a bad record, either!)

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ilovesuburbia

    This music is juvenile and teenage. If you are over 21 and listen to this, I feel bad for you, really.

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
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