DYS (‘Department of Youth Services’), along with fellow band SSD, was the backbone of the so-called ‘Boston Crew’ – a group of guys who lifted weights, ate lots of red meat, and advocated the straight edge. DYS formed around singer Dave Smalley, a Washington DC native attending school in Boston, and bassist Jon Anastas, previously of Decadence (see the This Is Boston Not L.A. comp). The band released this classic LP in 1983 on SSD’s XClaim label and played shows in Boston and elsewhere on the East Coast. Unlike other, (previous) vinyl reissue of this material, this version restores the original artwork. Also includes a really solid-sounding live set from CBGB tacked on the end… ripping stuff. Essential.
(Fan Club/Unofficial Release)