Monday, September 15, 2014


In late 2012 / early 2013 we decided to pursue doing a reissue of YDi's classic slab of brutal HC/Punk, "A Place In The Sun." Joining us in this effort with the band was our good friend, fabled Philly Hardcore promoter, and the man behind this record's original 1983 release, Howard "Fat Howard" Saunders, aka THEE COSMIC COMMANDER OF WRESTLING.

We knew Howie/Cosmo through his association with ANTiSEEN, LIMECELL and the CONFEDERACY OF SCUM, his many bands such as RANCID VAT, CHROME HORSE DIPLOMATS and JOHNNY CASINO'S EASY ACTION, as well as his SIRIUS radio show and his stature in the tattoo and underground wrestling communities.

We met in the Summer of 2001 and became immediate friends, and staying in touch and meeting up many times over the years that followed.Howard was behind this reissue, and pledged his support. After moving in early 2013, he started gathering materials for us to use.
Then the unthinkable happened, Howie was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in July of 2013. He never regained consciousness and passed away on August 18, 2013.
Like all who knew him, we were devastated by the loss of this irreplaceable, larger-than-life character who were were proud and honored to call our friend and ally.

In Howard's memory, we've decided to go forward with this reissue, and more importantly, we've chosen to release a limited test pressing version of our new cut of "A Place In The Sun." As far as we know, this is the very first piece of recorded music that Howard was involved in, the first entry in a very long list. Thus we see it as a very fitting tribute.

While Howard lived for music and tattooing, the true light of his life were his three children, Leor, Lola and Graham.

This special version of this EP is available exclusively through the TKO web store, and 100% of the proceeds (minus shipping costs only) will go into a trust held for Howard's children.

We will monitor the funds this project raises on the TKO Records web site. Also, a regular version of "A Place In The Sun" will be available on TKO in the coming weeks, and a complete YDi discography collection will follow from our friends at SOUTHERN LORD RECORDS.

But for now, we are honoring the memory of our dear friend and contributing to the future of his children. We thank you for joining us in this endeavor.

Get your copy of YDi's "A Place In The Sun" - the Howard
Saunders Memorial Benefit Version HERE!!

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