REACTION, THE: East End Rockers: 7”

Jan 30, 2019

St. John’s, Newfoundland is the easternmost city in Canada. It is as rural as it gets. For years, the only punk band I had ever heard from there in the early days was called Da Slyme. I have now learned that there was another band from St. John’s that was intertwined with Da Slyme called The Reaction and thanks to yet another archival release from Supreme Echo I am now in the know. The Reaction got going in 1978 with a bunch of rockers getting their minds around this new thing called punk rock. They list their early influences as the Sex Pistols and Ramones, but it is shocking how much they sound like The Damned to me. By 1981 the band was done, and their records were scarce. Another band lost to the snow drifts of time. Until now, that is. I really like this, and I love that it is accessible for the first time in almost forty years. –Ty Stranglehold (Supreme Echo,