Slap of Reality

Slap of Reality is a melodic punk/hardcore band from Tampa, Florida. Forming in late 1987, Slap of Reality were one of the pioneers of the melodic hardcore sound. The band went to release 2 full-length LPs, 3 EPS and 2 US tours, sharing the stage with such acts as 7 Seconds, Slapshot, Fugazi, Jawbox, MDC, Samiam, and The Goo Goo Dolls, the band developed a strong following. Kevin Seconds, frontman for 7 Seconds, signed Slap of Reality to his Pazzafist Records label, which led to indie giants Headhunter Records (Rocket From The Crypt, Big Drill Car) signing the band to a record deal. The band broke up in 1992, with members going on to other bands such as Failure Face, Balance, Paineater, Scrotum Grinder, Hankshaw, and later on Murder-Suicide Pact, The Sophomore Effort, and Exitsect(which features Paul Pavlovich (Assück), Sam Williams (Down By Law), Greg Gall (Six Feet Under) and Frank Watkins (Obituary, Gorgoroth).[1] The band reformed in 1995, when major label Elektra Records interest in the band peaked. The band relocated to NYC, before disbanding once again in 1996. They have since released 2 singles..."Never Far" in 2018, and "A Part Of" in 2019. The band has recently signed with Florida’s “A Jam” Records which is co-owned by Joe Koontz from Against All Authority. A 3 song EP titled “Gaslight” is due out Spring 2019 with a follow up full length due late summer/early fall 2019.

Slap of Reality
Slap of Reality, live at B-town reunion show, 11/26/10, Tampa, FL
Slap of Reality, live at B-town reunion show, 11/26/10, Tampa, FL
Background information
OriginTampa, Florida
GenresPunk rock, indie rock, emocore
Years active1987–present
LabelsHeadhunter Records
Skene! Records
A Jam Records
MembersFrank Lacatena - vocals
Joe Kiser - guitar
Rob Sexton - drums
Gregg Moore - bass
Dave Peralta- guitar
Past membersChuck Darling - bass, Rick Hess - guitar, Jon Ramos - bass, James Reese- guitar, Brian Roberts - bass


  • 1989 - Slap of Reality - Stuck Inside EP (Vinyl Communications)
  • 1990 - Slap of Reality - Time Alone EP (Pazzafist)
  • 1991 - Slap of Reality - Fletch EP (Snoop)
  • 1991 - Slap of Reality - 3 Lefts Make a Right LP (Headhunter/Cargo)
  • 1992 - Slap of Reality - "We Do Not Have a Dinosaur" EP ([Break Even Point|Cargo Records])
  • 1995 - Slap of Reality - Drowned Out EP (Skene!)
  • 1995 - Slap of Reality - Monkeydust LP (Runt)
  • 2018 - Slap Of Reality - "Never Far" Single
  • 2019 - Slap Of Reality - "A Part Of" Single


  • 1991 - Slap of Reality - Cargo Records Sampler - (Headhunter/Cargo) - "Walk Away"