Finally got around to checking out the Reaction discography I got in the mail late last week. These guys were one of two active punk bands in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the late ’70s and early ’80s. No small feat, when you consider how culturally isolated that part of the country was. Unlike their bi-coastal brethren in Victoria, who had the nearby Vancouver scene to draw substantial influence from, punks in St. John’s were nowhere near… anything. A ten hour drive from the western tip of the island, which only gets you a few hours ferry ride from Sydney, Nova Scotia, being a punk in St. John’s in the ’70s is pretty goddamn astounding. That the Reaction and Da Slyme (the other punks in town) managed to nail the sound and aesthetic so effectively is equally goddamn astounding.
This song comes from their two-disc collection, Old and New, which pairs one disc of ’78’-81 material with post-reunion material culled from sessions done in 2005.
The Reaction: “In Tune with the Times”