Caustic Defiance happened because it had to.
My old man got transferred from Chicago to Peoria, Il, when I was 15, putting an end to Negative Element. We swept up the ashes of -X, and made an even more HC band. It emerged after a lot of short lived projects, like Electric Cool Aid and Hate, to name a few (both of which can be found on some oddball punk comps). Time in Peoria was spent playing punk and skating all the time. A half pipe soon emerged in our backyard which played host to a few contests, a lot of great sessions, and even a show with The Not (from Boston). The show was in our backyard, and the half pipe was the stage. The police were called numerous times, but upon arriving, the cops saw that we were well behaved and under my parents' supervision. So, whenever the cops would come by, they would take my mother aside, and say, "Ok. Just pretend that I'm yelling at you. Everything is fine, but we need to put on a show for the complaining neighbors. " (My mother tells the story much better.)
After we moved, I switched to drums, since me and all my brothers already played bass and guitar. We remembered what we learned from the Chicago scene, and put it into practice. Soon, we were renting halls and putting on DIY all ages shows, with well known acts like 7 Seconds and Toxic Reasons, and Peoria was starting a scene.
Caustic Defiance is simple, stupid, unabashed HC, the way God intended it to be, This is some fun stuff. Teenage angst at it's finest. Caustic Defiance existed from about 1984-1986ish. My high school years. It was Brad Krohn on vocals, Barry Stepe on guitar, Doug "Happy" Chasteen on bass, and me on drums. We released a cassette, as was the style at the time, called "Enough Talk".
It was later reissued in 2014 as a 7" vinyl edition by Kangeroo/Way Back When Records (Europe), and also appeared on the CAUSTIC DEFIANCE/NEGATIVE ELEMENT split CD reissue on Akashic Records (Japan) in 2009..
These are some tracks from the "No Apologies Ever!!" cassette.