Rye Coalition might be the hardest working band you’ve never heard of. Sensations of the punk/hardcore scene of the ’90s, the early aughts saw them reaching for bigger heights, recording albums with Steve Albini and Dave Grohl, and touring with bands like Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Mars Volta. But there’s a reason they’re dubbed “the hard luck five.” The boys from Jersey City, New Jersey could never seem to get a break to go their way, and never quite received the recognition their miles on the road, and blood, sweat, and tears deserved. However, they do have a documentary to tell their tale in “Rye Coalition: The Story Of The Hard Luck 5,” and today we have an exclusive clip.
For ’90s hardcore kids of a certain age, the Rye Coalition/Karp split 12″ record, released on Troubleman Unlimited, is a defining release, and for one reason: “White Jesus of 114th Street.” As close to a thesis statement as the band ever recorded, it picks up everything the scene was doing at the time and churns it out into one of the best songs of the era, a fiery, screechy, serpentine piece of mayhem. But as you’ll see in the clip below, the recording process was about as scrappy as it could get, with the teenage band making the most out of minimal resources (and stick around for a bonus shout out to the band from Albini himself).
“Rye Coalition: The Story Of The Hard Luck 5” hits DVD and digital on January 13th. Watch below.