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Raw Power (band)

Raw Power is an Italian hardcore punk band from Reggio Emilia. They were formed in 1981 and are still active today.


Raw Power was formed in 1981 by Mauro and Giuseppe Codeluppi (voice and guitar). Since the beginning the band had great troubles finding a stable line-up. As a matter of fact, the only two members still in the band in the 90's from the original line-up were the two founders-brothers. The vinyl debut "You Are The Victim" was released in 1983 through a small independent Italian label (Meccano Records) as well as some compilation appearances (the two Raptus compilations in the foresaid label).

A small tape label from San Diego, USA, called BCT Tapes released in 1984 their first demo (untitled, aka Brown Studio Tape, recorded prior to the first LP) and some of their live stuff in the Last White Christmas compilations. Through the BCT contact, in the same year the band flew over to the States for their first US tour, which happened in August-September, 1984 (the band have since then returned to tour the USA a total of six times).

While touring in the USA in 1984, the band signed a deal with American indie-punk label Toxic Shock (Skin Yard, House Of Large Sizes...). "Screams From The Gutter" (Toxic Shock 1985) was most likely their best album so far.A rough mixture of seminal punk and sharp hard core. The reaction to the "Italian punk rockers" was great all around the States, and the album sold more than 40.000 copies strictly through independent distribution and shops.

"Wop Hour" (Toxic Shock - 1986), "After Your Brain" (Toxic Shock -1986) "Mine To Kill" (Southern - 1989), "Live Danger"(TVOR -1991) and "Too Tough to Burn" (Contempo - 1992) helped to develop their heavier, more riff oriented sound.

Raw Power, with only a small cult following in Italy, were considered in the States as one of the best examples of the "Crossover" sound, the music which evolved from punk and known to a much wider audience through bands like S.O.D., C.O.C., D.R.I., and Attitude Adjustment. During their long tours in the States Raw Power shared the stage with bands like the Circle Jerks, Adolescents, D.O.A., Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, Dead Kennedys, Suicidal Tendencies, and in a small club in Seattle in 1986 a then unknown band called Guns'n'Roses opened for the Italian cult.

The band never enjoyed much more than cult status in Europe. Even though Raw Power continued to play explosive live performances all over Europe, they never managed to get a foothold. This was due to the fact that Raw Power suffered from a lack of professional managers and structure, especially in their home country, where they never had the support they deserved and needed. Raw Power never had the chance to express in a studio album the great potential that the band is able to unleash in a live concert. Their first recording for Godhead, "Fight" (1995), with the great interest MTV showed for their clip, was just a step in the process of re-creating in a studio what they can do live, which is the musical equivalent of a nuclear bomb.

This bomb exploded on the 1st of March, 1996 at the Maffia, a club in Reggio Emilia, Italy. That raw, live sound was captured in the only way possible, live, for their latest release, "Live From The Gutter" on Godhead records.

Twenty-seven songs, recorded with no overdubbing, perfectly reproduce the barely controlled aggression and raw attitude that recall that "Screams From the Gutter" period, which has been ever-present at Raw Power gigs.

In 1998 the band had several new songs ready for release and began shopping for a label in the U.S. to release them. The end result was "Reptile House", their greatest album yet, released on their original label Toxic Shock, now known as Toxic Ranch Records. Three American tours in support of the album followed.

Then in the year 2000 they released "Trust Me" through a new, and short lived American label called Hello Records. The record was given fantastic reviews, and at the bands 20 year mark, they were stronger than ever.

In the summer of 2001, the band flew to Atlanta, Georgia USA and started the most successful American tour to date. The band was wildly welcomed in most major American cities. No matter how many member changes, label changes, etc., the two brothers that started Raw Power remained the core of the band, and as far as the world knew, would never stop!

In 2002, Raw Power went back into the studio to record yet another full length release. The new material was a celebration of the bands longevity, and the band decided to call it "Still Screaming After 20 Years".

Shortly after the record was finished, on October 6, founding member Giuseppe Codeluppi suffered a fatal heart attack while playing soccer. Many thought the band would not recover from such a loss, but soon in 2003 they were more active than ever. There has been no replacement for Giuseppe, the bands leader. From then on, the band consists of four members, carrying on the name and the music and proving the words that Guiseppe wrote....."Raw Power WIll Never Die!!"

2004 and 2005 has seen the band touring again like in the past with probably especially in Italy more shows then ever , but they managed to put an appearance again in Morecombe UK for the HITS Festival, followed by 6 shows in the UK , for the first time, then again Europe, Germany , Holland, they went to Prague for the first time, Spain and France. Unfortunately 2005 was also the year where they had to replace for health reason Roberto the drummer, his place was taken by Fabio.

Then in 2006 on top of yet another mini tour in Germany they headed back to the West Coast of the US for a two weeks tour, and of course they also did a very good show in New York as part of the Save CBGB’s campaign.

2007 started very well, first of all Tommi replaced the old guitarist Luca. He wasn’t new to Raw Power as he played in the band at the time of Too Tough to Burn. So, they had several shows again in Italy , and Europe then in June they managed another 2 weeks on the West Coast , tour that they were going to do again but this time adding in a couple of shows in Mexico and Texas planned for August 2008.



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