Raw Deal rehearsal tape (1989)
Raw Deal founded by Carl Porcaro, Rich McLoughlin, and Anthony Drago, all formerly of classic NYHC band Breakdown. Drago and Carl really liked the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s just the name they came up with. The message of the band was really clear and simple. Their lyrics were kind of realistic, it’s not like they’re positive or negative. It was all about just reality. Don’t live in a fantasy world and be blind to everything around you.
The band’s first show was at the CBGB’s, it was a matinee gig with Sick Of It All, Krakdown, and Absolution on January 24th, 1988. Their first concert at CB’s was unreal, because everyone wanted to see Anthony Comunale’s (ex-Gilligan’s Revenge/Token Entry) return to the stage. “This ain’t Breakdown and it ain’t Token Entry either. This is Raw Deal!”
Raw Deal played the first “Super Bowl of Hardcore” at the Ritz at the beginning of 1988, which was around the same time that they recorded and started distributing their first demo with the help of the legendary Some Records. The demo cassette has become a cult classic and it hasn’t lost any of its power and energy in the decades that have passed since it was first released. They recorded everything live with one take at the Loft studio.
They only played as Raw Deal for about a year and a half. During that time, the band played several times at the Anthrax club in CT, the Right Track Inn (Freeport, NY) and the CBGB’s with Sick Of It All, Krakdown, Maximum Penalty, Warzone and Sheer Terror, furthermore the band was featured on the New Breed compilation tape and the “Where The Wild Things Are…” compilation too.
In 1989 Raw Deal changed their name to Killing Time and ended up signing on with In-Effect Records. (Pic by Bill Wilson)