Workshed Records was Dan O’Mahoney’s (No For An Answer) operation in the late eighties and early nineties. From what I can see, a lot of the roster was straight edge hardcore. Some of the bands, like Headfirst, apparently are pretty awesome and I will check them out right away. First, I will write this post.
Shocking Truth probably was in the minority of Workshed bands with their melodic punk rock sound. Shocking Truth’s three smoking tunes on “Acquaintance” are totally hummable and fast. Plus, they have a noodly lead guitar style that’s played so well that it gets stuck in your head way too easily.
Lyrically, they tackle some heavy issues, such as blind consumerism on “Buyer Beware”. The title track stands out for its condemnation of society’s complicity in allowing sexual assault to occur. Sadly, the EP’s cover makes sense when you have those lyrics in mind.
Depsite the heaviness of the words, this record is fun and a good listen. I dig it and I hope you do too.
2. Buyer Beware/Judge and Jury
Download it now! Shocking Truth