Supertouch are the great unsung band of late 80s New York Hardcore. In a scene known for it's preoccupation with survival on the city's mean streets, they looked inward and asked questions. As others spouted reactionary politics and religious dogma they stood firm against racism and blind conformity. While everyone else worked on perfecting their mosh breaks and metal chops they strived to progress musically beyond resorting to past clichés. Their music combined the soulful fervor of Bad Brains (not surprising considering they were named after a song on the ROIR cassette) with the melodic surge of DC’s “Revolution Summer” bands and the dynamic power of childhood heroes The Who. Though beloved in their home town, they were still an enigma on matinee bills however by 1990 any band worth their salt was taking cues from them on how to update their music and take it into the future.
For a band so ahead of it's their time their roots actually stretch back to the dawn of New York Hardcore and singer Mark Ryan's first band Death Before Dishonor (not to be confused with the current Boston band of the same name) who played landmark shows at legendary clubs like CBGB and A7 and also featured future members of Judge. DBD evolved into Supertouch with the arrival of guitarist Jon Biviano whose skilled playing and songwriting exhibited more than a passing familiarity with the finer points of classic rock. The band was soon caught up in the second great wave of NYHC, contributing the anthem "Searchin’ For The Light" to Revelation Records era-defining compilations the Together 7" and New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is LP. The ultra-rare What Did We Learn 7" followed in 1989 and their full length album on Revelation, The Earth Is Flat, was released in 1991. The band toured the US and Europe several times in the years following before breaking up amidst the confusion of the mid-90s while recording their sophomore full-length leading to rumors of a “great lost Supertouch album.”
After performing a surprise set at the 2010 Black N' Blue Bowl in New York City (A.K.A. The Super Bowl of Hardcore) the band decided to re-convene to coincide with several highly-anticipated historical releases. There will be a limited edition vinyl pressing of the band's famed 1988 live set on WNYU's Crucial Chaos Radio Show, and essential commodity of 1980's tape traders and their only recorded document outside of compilation tracks for some time. Also to be released will be Guide to the Stars, the band's never-released second album from 1996. Supertouch’s current lineup includes founding members Mark Ryan and Jon Biviano and their 90's-era powerhouse drummer Rich Edsell. They will be joined on bass by Dean Baltulonis, who also plays in Ryan’s current band Foreign Islands and is known for his production work with The Hold Steady and Sick Of It All among countless others. The band will be touring Europe in early of 2011 before returning to the US for select dates.