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The Bruisers

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The Bruisers were pioneers of the American streetpunk/oi! movement, formed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1988. Vocalist Al Barr and bassist Scotty Davies were old friends from the scene who had been playing in separate bands for years. Al Barr was singing for Portsmouth area band DVA featuring future members of 5 Balls of Power, the Radicts and L.E.S. Stitches. Scotty Davies had played bass with VFW and was still playing bass in Newburyport, MA hardcore band NPD with future Bruisers guitarist Jeff Morris, drummer Dan Connors who would join the Bruisers in 1990 and Steve O’Sullivan who would play drums for a few live shows with the Bruisers in the early 90’s.

The scene north of Boston was thriving on punk and hardcore bands, but there was nothing close to the Oi! style that they both enjoyed. Al Barr and Scotty Davies started writing songs for their new band that would become the Bruisers once drummer Rodger Shosa and guitarist Jeff Morris were added later that year.

After a few months rehearsing in Scotty Davies’ basement in Eliot, ME just over the bridge from Portsmouth, the band moved into the 5th floor recording studio in Portsmouth called the Bunkhouse for a long, hot day of recording 7 songs including 6 originals and a cover of The Oppressed’s “Work Together”.

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