Inspired by the hardcore explosion of the early '80s, Richmond, VA's Honor Role formed in 1983 as a run-of-the-mill punk trio but quickly grew into a distinctive quartet that twisted out bleak, inventive post-punk.
Jelling around guitarist/vocalist Pen Rollings and drummer Steve Schick, whose brother Bob Schick joined the band as vocalist, the band played numerous East Coast shows, including opening for trailblazing acts like the Minutemen, Husker Du, Sonic Youth, and Ian Mackaye's post Minor Threat band, Embrace. By the time the band called it quits in late 1989, their influence was evident on several post-punk frontiers, not least of which was discernible in Washington, D.C., crusaders Fugazi, whom often invited Honor Role to share the stage with them. Schick went on to perform with Coral and Dynamic Truths while Rollings pioneered an overloaded, crushing instrumental sound with his bands Butterglove and Breadwinner.
—adapted from AllMusic.com; written by Patrick Foster