Up Front is an American hardcore band from New York, United States. They were an influential part of the late 1980’s New York hardcore and Connecticut Straight Edge scenes. They played many of their early shows at the now famous Anthrax Club in Norwalk, Connecticut. In 1988 they appeared on the X Marks The Spot compilation 7” on Smorgasbord Records, one of the first documents of the burgeoning Connecticut Straight Edge scene.
Also in 1988, they released their Spirit LP, once again on Smorgasbord Records, and a summer tour followed in summer 1989 with Unit Pride, Insted and Gorilla Biscuits. Up Front remained active through 1992, releasing the Daybreak 7” in 1990, touring the US again in the summer of 1991, and completing their first tour of Europe in the winter of 1991–1992.
They initially broke up after recording the Changes 7” in 1992, but reformed in the spring of 1994 to record the What Fire Does 7”, followed with their second tour of Europe that summer.
After a brief hiatus Up Front wrote and recorded the Movement LP in 1997. Followed by a handful of US shows, a tour of Japan in 1998, and their third summer tour of Europe in 1999.
The band played three „reunion“ shows in the summer/fall of 2005, one „reunion“ show with a return to the Daybreak lineup in November 2009 at the A Time We’ll Remember Fest, and The Everybody’s Scene Book release show in 2010 in NYC.
2022 will mark the bands’s return to Europe after 23 years, playing clubs and festival shows.
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