RIOT SQUAD: No Potential Threat: CD

Riot Squad were one of the lesser known “UK82” bands, lasting only the first half of the 1980s. In those few years, however, they managed to release a number of seven-inchers and one posthumous LP, No Potential Threat, of which this is a reissue, complete with numerous tracks from the aforementioned singles seven-inchers and a couple of demo cuts. Musically they come off as a mélange of Discharge, Blitz and, especially “Troops of Tomorrow” era Exploited, thanks on no small part to their singer sounding like a helluva lot like Wattie. Brusque, primal and political, these guys may not have been brimming with technical prowess (then again, how many of the truly great hardcore bands really were?), but they got their point across quite well. Good stuff.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)