In its most basic form, hardcore is the focal point of the energy, recklessness, and frustration of youth. No band from New York embodied this raw emotion so much as SIDE BY SIDE, vocalizing their disenfranchisement like none who came before them and none who have come since. Though short lived, the desperation and immediate impact of SIDE BY SIDE was deeply felt. Coming across not as a preaching, we’re-better-than-you band, and with the gruff realness that many felt was absent in some of their peers, SIDE BY SIDE tore through the boundaries that were growing in the punk and hardcore scene. They stand today as one of the lasting images of the birth of a new sound, a new scene—taking the sound of early NY punk and hardcore bands like URBAN WASTE and fusing it with a positive message not unlike 7 SECONDS, but with the anger and intensity of MINOR THREAT. You’re Only Young Once... is a documentation of nearly all the captured studio output of this infamous band, including their highly sought after 7” EP plus three compilation tracks. You’re Only Young Once... is newly remastered and packaged for the first time as an LP with original artwork - including a full-color, fold-out poster with a reproduction of the original, paste-up lyric sheet insert and a large color version of the back cover photo of this decades out-of-print EP. Playing a mere 12 shows, their legacy is as strong as their “youth-crew” brethren like YOUTH OF TODAY, BOLD, and JUDGE. A moment in time preserved by these recordings, the energy and aggression still sounds as urgent as the day it was recorded.
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This Product was added to our catalogue on 08/03/2023.