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When Shutdown made their debut in 1994, Mark Scondotto (vocals), Steve DellaCroce (guitar), Dion DeNardo (bass), and Jimmy McCormack (drums) weren't even old enough to drive, let alone be taken seriously. With their average age of only 15 years and the pressure of having to prove themselves in front of the normally jaded New York hardcore scene, the quartet brought on their 88 hardcore influences of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Murphy's Law, and Warzone. With their addition of having a positive attitude without any tough guy testosterone, Victory Records released Shutdown's debut full-length Against All Odds in 1997, followed by the fittingly titled EP Something to Prove in 1999. A year later, Victory put out their second album, Few and Far Between.