Slap of Reality is a Tampa band (Brandon/Clairmel to be precise) that got together around 1987 and were really one of the only local HC bands to actually record at least one LP and get out and tour Internationally. In only 3 or 4 years, they released a demo, 3 7” records, and two full-lengths, “Three Lefts Make A Right” and "Monkeydust". They also played a shitpile of shows locally and put together several tours iof the US in the early 90s. Their sound started out as sort of a mix between Cali HC and Northeastern HC on their demo (with the vocalist’s end-of-line accents resembling Ray Cappo), but eventually grew more laid back and melodic, sort of like a cross between Samiam and Descendents I guess. They got a big boost when their second EP, “Time Alone”, was released in 1990 on Pazzafist Records, a fledgling label that Kevin Seconds was running at the time. This record secured a deal with Headhunter/Cargo records, which released “Three Lefts Make A Right”. Sometime after the release of their LP, they disbanded with several of the members going on to form a relatively short-lived band called Balance. Not too long after that, the guitarist (Joe Kiser) and vocalist (Frank Lacatena) put together a new effort that was initially called Closure, but is now called The Sophomore Effort. Kiser also plays in Murder-Suicide Pact, as well as Exitsect (featuring members of Obituary, Six Feet Under and Assück), and drummer Rob Sexton would go on to play in the almighty Failure Face. Slap Of Reality reformed in 1996 and recorded an LP called “Monkeydust” on Runt Records. Rumors of a reunion show in 2010 and a new lp and tours to follow are floating around!