SADO-NATION

"Future Past, Present, Tense" CD


3 years in the making or should that read ‘waiting‘? This riveting compilation has took a long time coming, but the wait was worth it in the end. Especially if your taste in punk is from from the darker side of life, with loads of variation, suss, and gutzy determination! You certainly won’t be frustrated with this 34 track nemesis. Sado-Nation unlike most of the bands on the GTA roster are actually still alive and active, dishing out their apocalyptic fury to audiences on a regular basis.

Oh well back to noize. The bands first official self titled 7 inch EP, produced by Greg Sage of the Wipers, gets us off to an impressive start. It's now 1980 and this long overdue debut featured Leesa Nation on lead vocals, who had replaced John Shirley in 1979. It helped that she was also a lot easier on the eye. Leesa also bought her very own high pitched yelp to the by now tight Sado sound. This prototype 45 comprises of 2 tracks of don’t mess with me angst, amid a brooding chord attack. As Mr Corboy wrestles with suit jobs in the street during the reckless ‘Trouble’, he still found time to hit back at persecution during ‘On Whom They Beat‘. Flip the Sado-Nation coin and we get a more pop punk resonance that surfaces during the quirky, teen lust of ‘Gimme You’. A song that comes bouncing in with hand claps and those reassuring “oooohhh’s oooohhh’s”. Finally we are met with the compulsive ‘Mom And Pop Democracy‘ that hides a snotty attack on American convention neatly disguised in Leesa’s sugar coated delivery. These 4 tracks alone showcase Corboy’s affinity for creating snotty punk rock with tuneful pop melodies. A talent which was to become a healthy combination within the one chord realm of the early 80's punk scene.

By the winter of 1980 Sado-Nation had laid down tracks for their debut album tentatively titled 'Disruptive Pattern'. But by the time it was finished squeaky Leesa had relocated to New York City leaving the band without a vocalist. To make matters worse the band had run outta money, leaving em with no option but to shelve its release. That was until now, coz we get to hear the full album for the first time in 25 years! 'Disruptive Pattern' shows Sado moving away from their poppy roots into a more course punk ghetto. As we hear Corboy’s guitar creating razor sharp shards across an abrasive landscape. Songs like the impressive ‘Cut Off The Cord’ gets its first airing here, which seems to benefit way more from Leesa's less impulsive vocal and sinister undertone. We also get to hear the snotty ‘Phobias’ for the first time. Which signalled Leesa losing the helium bleat of her earlier vocal in favour of a more matured scowl?

That was till Dave come across a full on 18 year old punkette called Mish Bondage who was then fronting an all girl teen punk band called the Braphsmears. He seen in Mish the sonic medusa he was looking for. So he seduced her into becoming Sado-Nations 3rd and final lead singer, and so began a 23 year old pact of creative collaboration, demonic grooming and psychotic therapy. Mish’s hardcore stage presence and fanatical delivery was in total contrast to Leesa's more subdued approach. She had bottle and fed off Corboy’s moody guitar slinging, thus creating a more potent hardcore focus for the band.

This is the Sado-Nation that would take their Oregonian attack further afield and infiltrate the thriving early 80’s west coast punk scene. It also saw the emergence of a new set of songs that would feature on their debut album ‘Were Not Equal’ released on their own Brainstem Records in 1982. ‘Were Not Equal’ reprised here shows the band upping the ante with a more dynamic direction. Along with Mish’s tense vocal delivery we could actually hear a more extreme monster in the making. ‘Armageddon’ strikes home with its hyperboled bass and a buzz saw riff that conjures up an aura of expectancy along side that cold calculating vocal. We are then dealt the deadly blow of ‘Nuke Up Now’ which displays a rather unique take on the early 80’s spectre of nuclear annihilation that was particularly impressive in a nihilistic way. This is probably their best known track with its radioactive guitar ring on the opening sequence, before it detonates into a big juicy guitar riff with lethal glee.

Followed closely by the blitzing hyperactive 37 second rant of ‘On The Wall’ where Mish’s inner demons hit the fan head on with no brakes, but just a manic beat to cushion the blow! I really liked the wayward feel of the ‘Politics And Passion’ track, Coz it enables us to observe Miss Bondage generating a far weirder sneer in her doubled up vocal assault. All this happens on top of a careering Corboy riff, which zooms along on a 52 second rant that somehow stumbles into a British police siren wailing away in the background while a babbling bondage and co gets sectioned off to the loony bin!

We are then treated to a superior version of the clinically cruel ‘Cut Off The Cord’ which could’ve been even more malicious if only the Duchess of discipline took lead vocal instead of backup. They finish off this album with a blistering live studio version of ‘Johnny Paranoid’ which harks back to Corboy’s pre-punk roots on top of one of John Shirley’s more autobiographical lyrics.

The band had been touring frantically throughout the US till 1984, which saw Flipside zine voting Mish Bondage female vocalist of the year. But even that accolade couldn’t stop the band eventually splintering across different states as the second wave of punk hit its dark ages. It wasn’t until 1997 and with renewed interest in Sado-Nation from a new generation of punks that Bondage and Corboy once more reconvened in Portland with a new rhythm section and a renewed vigour. They bought the band back outta their self imposed coma and recorded 'The Teal Project' CDEP in 2002. A session named after their current drummer Mike Teal who also produced it.

Again it features their never ceasing penchant for the darker underbelly of the American psyche. It also comes with a skilful sheen just check out ‘Void’ for a great comeback track with its hypnotic vocal segment. ‘Nil’ follows Mish’s constant search for escape from the blackness, as she flexes her complex visions and sneers majestically on top of some classic Corboy’s power chords. ‘Cut’ has some of the best lyrics from the bondage pen as Mish regails the only control in her life and that’s through her music and delivery... "One pain that I control a product of this mess, angry stares insults thrown they all call me a bitch".

The most hypnotic number however in Sado's comeback has gotta be the haunting 'Insomnia Insomniac' which is a f*cking belter of a chugging nightmare and gives us Dave Corboy’s most impressive vocal to date as the night creeps up and the scary spectre of perpetual consciousness sits at the foot of his bed.

To round this impressive anthology off we get 4 live tracks recorded at the Portland Met in 1983. This live time capsule gives us a crackling bloody insight into a very live and thoroughly messy Sado-Nation at a time when they were at their most lethal! Yeah this collection is essential listening if you wanna sample a real reek of Portland Punk, so get your copy now!

Comes with sleeve notes, selected lyrics and related images from the bands sprawling reign. Oh yeah before I forget they are currently writing a new album so beware of more sadism on your horizon!


Track Listing:

1. I'm Trouble
2. Gimme You
3. On Whom They Beat
4. Mom & Pop Democracy
5. I Accuse You
6. Cut Off The Cord
7. No More
8. See You Through My Eyes
9. Phobias
10. Industrial Revolution
11 .The Dark
12. Ole!
13. Death Camp
14. Messed Up Mixed Up
15. Armageddon
16. We're Not Equal
17. Don't Bother Me
18. Nuke Up Now!
19. On The Wall
20. Fight Back
21. Industrial Revolution
22. Politics & Passion
23. Cut Off The Cord
24. No Use
25. Johnny Paranoid
26. Void
27. Nil
28. Cut
29. Insomnia Insomniac
30. 16 Again
31. We're Not Equal (live)
32. Industrial Revolution (live)
33. Cut Off The Cord (live)
34. Front Row Chaos (live)


Tracks 1-4 EP 1980
5-13 Disruptive Pattern (previously unreleased LP) 1980
14-25 We're Not Equal LP 1982
26-30 The Teal Project 2000
31-34 Live Recordings 1983 (previously unreleased)