Toe to Toe

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Toe to Toe
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Hardcore punk
Years active1992—
Labels Old School Cartel, Trial & Error Records, Resist Records

Toe to Toe is an Australian hardcore band from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The band was most prominent in the Australian hardcore scene during the 1990s, touring and recording less frequently by the 2000s. It have been described as "one of the best hardcore outfits ever to grace the planet" by


Influence and style

Toe to Toe's stated aim is "to reintroduce the sounds and ethics of 80's hardcore punk", having been influenced by the emergence of the Washington, D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains, Portland hardcore band Poison Idea and later, New York hardcore bands such as Agnostic Front and Sick of it All. It has tried to distance itself from the metal and pop aspects of punk. The band's name itself, including much of its lyrical content and album artwork, reference boxing terms to match the aggressive musical style.


Toe to Toe formed in 1992 by vocalist and Resist Records founder, [1] Scotty Mac, who remains the band's only original member. Described by Missing Link Records as the "mainstays of the Sydney hardcore scene", the band has seen numerous line-up changes, released several recordings and have possibly been one of the only Australian hardcore acts to have received mainstream acknowledgment in the country, playing festivals such as Livid, Homebake and the Vans Warped Tours. It have also done national tours of Japan, Europe and America and have played with internationally renowned hardcore acts such as Agnostic Front, the Dropkick Murphys, and Madball. Political artist and activist, Azlan McLennan, described the band as superior to its US influences, citing Scott Mac's stance against racism. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]


As of 2016, the band's line-up consists of:




Release dateTitleLabelFormat
1992Slap of RealityPunch Drunk ProductionsEP
1993Unanimous Points DecisionPunch Drunk ProductionsEP
1993CirclestormCustom RecordingsCompilation
1993Election Night 93: Straight Off the DeskHeinous Fuck RecordsLive
1995Fuck Seattle This is SydneyKangarooCompilation
1995Threats and FactsSpent RecordsLP
1995SouthpawBeer City RecordsEP
1996No GodsSpent RecordsEP
1996Kings (with Mindsnare)Spent RecordsSplit
1996The Best Defence Is AttackCustom RecordingsDiscography
1997TaoCustom RecordingsLP
1999ConsolidatedCustom RecordingsLP
1999"Slave"No Deal RecordsSingle
2001Fighting PrideSnaphot RecordsLive
2003Old Scores, New GloriesSold Our Souls RecordsEP
2008Toe to Toe/Tenth Dan Trial & Error Records Split
2010Arturo Gatti Resist Records LP
2013Still FightingOld School CartelEP Featuring Lou Koeller, Craig Setari, Freddy Cricien

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