Hometown: Dallas, TX (USA)


Saboteur harkens back to a day in the not too distant past when lyrical intelligence and musical proficiency was not the exception in punk rock. They blend the existing facets of their other musical projects with tough guy pop punk and socio–political lyrics. The songs are loud, well crafted and instantly quotable. Influences range from Gang of Four to Rocket From the Crypt, and they're recommended if you like those bands as well as The Clash, Alkaline Trio and Queens of the Stone Age.

Saboteur began as a two–piece rock outfit writing songs in a Dallas loft in 2003. Angular punk rhythms barreling underneath melodies about the socio–economic state of the times filled the bomb shelter turned rehearsal space. Justin Wilson, singer and songwriting guru for rock beast Red Animal War, and Steve Visneau, drummer and spirit of punk–speedsters Slowride, were fresh off European tours that shared dates. After bouncing more than a few ideas off each other one night in Amsterdam, songs poured forth. The groups were far beyond the mark of "brother bands," booking tours and local shows together since their conception and releasing a split EP on Deep Elm Records in 2002. Early in 2004, the songs took shape and called for more exploration of tonal dimensions, and some of the arrangements needed sharpening. Rob Marchant, the bassist and logic of Slowride, enlisted himself to lay down the bass carpet and tighten the band's structure. Soon after, Gray Wilcox of melodic poppers Last Surprise came to the band to add another layer of guitars. Tony Wann of the rock–monster Tendril took over the skins when Visneau began to passionately pursue his carrer in photography. The result is an impassioned machine oiled with the fervor only friends can make. The band recorded seven songs with Deedle LaCour, who had produced both Slowride and Red Animal War before. End Sounds, an Austin label headed by Jonathan Gill, asked to be the party responsible for giving Saboteur its first official release. What you'll hear on Saboteur's self–titled EP is a culmination of razor–sharp songwriting and drop–kick rhythms. The new songs on the split with The Mockingbird Nightmare represent where Saboteur is headed, which is more a heavy, groove–oriented sound, but it still retains the pop sensibilities of their initial release. The songs were recorded at Maximedia Studios in Dallas, TX, once again with Darrell LaCour producing.

Saboteur takes the rage and lyrical vision of Red Animal War and fuses it with the streamlined power of Slowride, mixing with it now, the pounding drumbeats of Tendril and harmonies of Last Surprise for a release packed with explosive songs and well–crafted artwork to match to create tunes to shake your ass to.

Related Bands

Red Animal War, Riverboat Gamblers, Slowride


Saboteur / The Mockingbird Nightmare / Red Light Green Light Split

Saboteur / The Mockingbird Nightmare / Red Light Green Light

Split (2007)


Saboteur Saboteur


Saboteur (2005)


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