These guys were from Trenton, New Jersey and did one demo under the Average Community name, then changed it to Prisoners Of War and did a couple more demos before breaking up in 1989. Sadly, bass player and my good friend Sam Latini (or as everyone knew him, Psycho Sam), passed away on June 12th this year. Very heartbreaking, I was shocked when I first heard the news. Sam was only 39. I will look back fondly at all the times we had as friends, you will be missed. After playing in Prisoners Of War, Sam went on to play bass for the punk band Rabid Ratfuck (great name!). Sam was a fixture at Trenton's City Gardens, he lived right down the street. If you ever recall a guy who might have been just a little too big to stagedive, taking a kamikaze dive and landing on your head, chances are, it was Sam. He was likeable in every way, his calm and cool demeanor and great attitude made him a rare character. RIP Psycho Sam. Hear his first recorded works as a bass player below.
Stop That Nonsense
Like It Or Not
Members of Average Community/Prisoners Of War, have put together a documentary about the band and coming of age in Trenton, New Jersey. You can get info on this documentary here: