Raw Power

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 from the original line-up are the two founders-brothers. The vinyl debut LP "You Are The Victim" was released in 1983 through a small independent Italian label. ...show more

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 from the original line-up are the two founders-brothers. The vinyl debut LP "You Are The Victim" was released in 1983 through a small independent Italian label.

In 1983 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 same year the band flew over to the States for their first US tour (and have since then returned to tour the USA a total of six times).

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 Brian" (Toxic Shock -1986) and "Mine To Kill" (Southern - 1989) 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., Corrosion Of Conformity, 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. ...show less