Although Justin had no real knowledge of Punk or Hardcore, and didn't particularly care for the style, he agreed to take on the band after a practice proved to him that the band was adding enough out of the ordinary rhythms/stops, etc... To make it interesting. With Justin on board and a final name change, Bad Reaction started writing and recording, and began an intense schedule of gigs that continues to the present. In 2002 the band self released their first CD demo, "Six Songs." Although the quality of the recording left something to be desired, and the band was still finding its style, the CD met with a degree of success unusual for a demo recording, including getting airplay on Los Angeles punk radio show, Complete Control with Joe Sib, on local station Indie 103.1.
While at the time there were no other eighties-inspired hardcore bands in the area, Bad Reaction hoped to bring back the style of punk that they grew up listening to, bands that were hard and fast, but still had some musicality to them, bands such as another major influence, the Bad Brains. Playing with any and every band out there, Bad Reaction gigged themselves to death over the next three years, playing almost every venue in Los Angeles, from small underground clubs in people's basements to large theaters opening for classic LA punk bands. In 2006 Bad Reaction finally released their debut LP, Symptoms of Youth, on Destroy All Records. Recorded entirely analog in only five days including the mix, the band finally got the sound that lived up to their notoriously energetic live performances.
In addition to CD, the album is available in a limited edition press of 500 black and yellow spattered vinyl records. This month sees a major line-up change, with Justin leaving the band, and seventeen-year-old Nick coming in on drums. Nick has re-energized the band, finally completing the line-up with four members who all love the hardcore style the band plays, opening up new possibilities for the band now that every member is a die-hard fan of eighties hardcore music. With new tours and recording on the horizon, Bad Reaction is looking forward to getting their unique take on Hardcore to new audiences, while having as much fun as possible in the process.
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