Members: Jay, Steve, Neil, Guy
Fueled by an increasingly hostile political climate, The Sweatshop Boys unrelenting thrash-pop provides a brash lyrical criticism of a corrupt system filled with money-grubbing politicians, religious zealots and amoral capitalists. The fight continues with the new album Is Your Mind Diseased?, the hard-hitting social commentary that also addresses adolescent apathy and the war in Iraq.
Check out the video for "Rochester Escape Hatch"
Press Reviews for Is Your Mind Diseased?
From City Newspaper (Rochester, NY)
Every five years or so you gotta spin a Clash record or catch bands like Rochester's The Sweatshop Boys. These four lads are about as close to '77 as we're gonna get. The band doesn't come across as snotty but they definitely are pissed. The music on their new CD, Is Your Mind Diseased?, is cacophonous, with enough proficiency to make sense and enough edge to challenge the standards. They're rock 'n' roll with clever dalliances into punk's genuine danger and bravado. Can you dig?
It's unfortunate that we need to be reminded what's both important and cool, but since it's punk rock doing the talking, it'll be fun, too. It's invigorating to hear young bands like The Sweatshop Boys raging against all things plastic, suburban, and right wing with loud and fast aggression. It's an even bigger thrill to see this music take hold with a generation that needs punk's message now more than ever.
From Freetime Magazine (Rochester, NY)
The Sweatshop boys Dropped off their new album, Is Your Mind Diseased?, which rises above your ordinary punk rock, creating music with a message. Smart, politically-charged lyrics combine with frenetic axe work and impassioned vocals, sort of Bad Religion meets early Green Day. It's the kind of punk rock spirit you long for as it feeds the soul!