‘All that matters in the grand scheme of things is the band is not directly comparable to what has come before them. But if we must: RETOX is a reaction to the stagnant and boring western culture, as well as the self-proclaimed counterculture, which has slipped into a sea of pointlessness. The band manages to detach themselves from what one might consider a promotional paragraph trying to explain what is not really important to the band themselves; such as a list of influences – they are influenced by much more than music, but more so by the world at large. The band has no goal for what the future holds. Sonically, the band’s crude and primitive aspects make sense in this day and age. The band is a reaction to the world that the members and their comrades have lived in: shitty childhoods, bureaucratic frustration, and the overall justification of continuous war. That sensibility coupled with a modern artistic delivery, the music is educated as well as furious, and most importantly, blurring genre lines of punk, hardcore, thrash, metal and whatever else seems fitting to the critics. RETOX features members of some grand dick sucking accomplishments, acts such as The Locust, Head Wound City, Holy Molar, All Leather, Ground Unicorn Horn, Some Girls, Swing Kids, The Festival of Dead Deer, and The Crimson Curse.
Next item on the agenda: discography. RETOX has been manufacturing their scathing protests since 2011 – a few years into it, they have an EP and two albums out. The EP, released in April 2011 on Three One G, sold out almost immediately with only a UK tour and a couple of music videos as promotion – testament to the skill and reputation RETOX’S members possess, and with over 150 shows now under their coarse belt, RETOX have proven their unstoppable reputation.
After the release of UGLY ANIMALS – only 4 months following the release of their EP – on Three One G as well as Ipecac Recordings, RETOX signed with Epitaph to co-release with Three One G and to prepare for the sonic monolith that is their second album: YPLL. In September 2011, Gabe Serbian left the band and Brian Evans took the helm, arriving at their current lineup: Michael Crain, Thor Dickey, Brian Evans and Justin Pearson. RETOX decided to take a much more calculated and meticulous approach to YPLL – without ever slowing down their touring schedule – giving them the time needed to construct a purely destructive, ruinous album. The result? A much more tight-knit presentation of devastating precision that never tires on energy.