One of ALTERNATIVE PRESS'S "100 Bands You Need to Know in 2005". A non-stop dance assualt, combining groove with aggression. Constantly on tour all across the US.


The sound of discontent has a name, and its name is Sadaharu.

Blending big blues riffs with the frantic urgency of the post-hardcore sound, alongside stripped down rock and roll with jazz undertones and the aggressiveness of the early Am Rep sound, Sadaharu is a musical amalgamation quite unlike any other.

Formed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in late 2000, Sadaharu's musical identity was quickly realized, within four months the band had recorded and self-distributed their debut CD, Punishment in Hi-Fi (An audio boxing match in which the listener is the loser), and set out to ring their music to an audience outside of their hometown. With a non-stop drive to play shows, a no-holds-barred livep erformance, and an infectious (if hard to define) sound, the band built a small, but ardent, following throughout the East Coast and Midwest.

2003 saw the release of Anthem For New Sonic Warfare (CI Records/Revelation), which showcased a band that had honed their musical skills on the road and had also spent enough time driving through the US in a dingy van to develop a "mission statement," Beginning with the line "A new phase of the war has commenced. A more straightforward approach. A dynamic, multi-tiered, assault on the senses," and continuing on to describe what seems like a near militant diatribe, the band spoke with unbridled intensity about bringing fun and passion back to the post-punk/hardcore world. Anthem quickly garnered critical praise. Alternative Press gave the album a rare 5 out of 5 rating, calling the band "Amazing punk/hardcore/jazz rockers [with] the dissonance of Drive Like Jehu, Refused's energy and the (International) Noise Conspiracy's groove." Punk Planet said of the album, "Great post-hardcore that will make your backbone slip." Mean Street declared that "Sadaharu trumpets a soundtrack to social unrest and a ralying cry against musical mediocrity. The barrage of frantic riffing, noisy rock groove and irreverence for consistent time signatures should prick up the ears of the most skeptical hardcore scenester."

After another year plus of time spent in their van, including stops at venerable music festivals CMJ and SXSW, the band returned to Lanster and began writing songs for their follow-up. With an eye to evolving, lest Anthem's broad declaration of "trying something new!" become trite and hypocritical, the band emerged with enough material, and entered the studio soon after. Working long, 12-hour days, the sessions fueled a new creative drive for the band, the album became The Politics of Dancing (CI Records/Lumberjack).

Driving and aggressive, while at the same time full of Sadaharu's trademark riffing, The Politics of Dancing follows in the tradition the band set in motion with Anthem of speaking to the listener, and not at them, delivering a message of personal rebellion and evolution.

As the liner notes explaim, "A foundation of wide-spread individuality and free-thought must exist before any actual, meaningful change can ever occur on a larger stage," a statement athat speaks just as much about people's musical and artist tastes, as it does broad global politics, and everything that falls in between.

Discontent never sounded so good.


NEW AND ALTERNATE CAREERS IN DANCE DVD (Music Video Distributors, 2005)
PUNISHMENT IN HI-FI CDEP (Universal Warning Records, 2003)

Set List

Typically 7-8 songs, all originals, 25-30 minutes in length. A mix of songs from both full-length albums.