Over nearly two decades the tale of Toe To Toe has been submerged in survival, struggle and conviction. Forming at a time when many felt real hardcore punk rock had had it’s day, the band rallied against every trend and reared up in the face of expectations to become Australia’s proudest exponents of a form of music and expression that remains well and truly on the outside.
Through multiple releases, hundreds of thousands of kilometres of travel both here and abroad, Toe To Toe has been driven by the passion and commitment of front man Scott Mac.
There have been many casualties along the way; friendships broken, loves lost but ultimately, hearts won.
Toe To Toe has a place at the top of Australian hardcore history. “At the end of the day, are we a hardcore band, or are we just Toe To Toe? I don’t need to get involved in anything else, this is our band, if you like it that’s great, but I am happy with where we sit in the history of Australian hardcore.”
THE PRIDE OF SYDNEY
With hardcore being such a loose term these days claimed by all sorts of fashion orientated pseudo metal types and cry baby emotional wrecks, it’s sometimes refreshing to look back at the roots of the movement and see that what once was, and still is , true passion and fire in the belly. Thanks to Australian mainstays Toe To Toe something’s will never change. “We are a punk/hardcore band, this is what we are all about, especially with our attitude, we try and keep to the roots of the music, it is street music always has and always will be.”
If there is one person in Australia qualified to make such a statement, it’s Toe To Toe’s founding member and vocalist Scott Mac , As leader of a band who, for over 20 years , defined what it was to be a hardcore band in Australia , he’s seen it , heard it, played it and in all likelihood , fought it. And the good news is the fight is still in full swing .Toe To Toe are a band that epitomises the street level ethos of hardcore.
Toe To Toe have pretty much achieved all there is for an uncompromising hardcore band in Australia. Since forming in Sydney in 92, they have released many studio albums and EP’s , had countless tours of Australia , Japan, Europe and America, and you have a band that has done more than most mainstream bands ever achieve, but there is still unfinished business.
With the band tighter than ever and the current line up on fire and ready to record and tour the world , there new deal with Golden Robot Records gives them the total support they need to get their unique message out to the ones that need it most across the globe , with writing of the new album in its early stages and a recording schedule booked for early 2016 and an album ready by mid 2016 , this will no doubt be the biggest year yet for these Aussie hardcore legends.