Kraut was a New York band who started playing in 1981. Their early sound was New York hardcore / thrash. By the mid-80's, Kraut had become a hard rock/metal band (á la later SSD or similar Boston bands). They appeared on several compilations and also put out some own releases. "Summer 1981. The Clash were in New York City to play a week at Bonds Casino on Broadway & 45th Street. The hottest gigs of the summer, these shows had already gained national attention as The Clashs only American appearances that year.