Sass began in the spring of 1976 when the West Brothers, Vernon and Dana, teamed up with drummer Paul Caruso, and played their first gig at Paul Revere Stadium in Revere, Massachusetts. As a power trio, they developed a Power Pop sound before the genre even had a name, with a unique blend of soaring sibling harmonies, thundering bass and drums, and Dana’s amazing guitar work. This swiftly took them out of their little seacoast blue-collar town of Revere, and eventually led to their being a driving force in a thriving Boston music scene that spawned The Cars, Aerosmith, the J. Geils Band, The Stompers, The Fools and Boston, just to name a few. Sass’s first appearance on vinyl was on the now collector’s item LP, "Live at The Rat", a compilation record recorded live in 1976 at Kenmore Square’s college hot spot, The Rathskellar, or The Rat, as it came be known. This led to the band spreading its base to play New York’s famous CBGB’s and Max's Kansas City night clubs, while still in their teens.