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Bad Brains

Formed: 1977
From: Washington D.C., United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Bad Brains News

Below is our complete Bad Brains news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Jesse Leach Performs Bad Brains Cover

On November 6th a benefit concert was held in NYC for Amnesty International and the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

The house band, led by guitarist Todd Youth, performed a set of Bad Brains covers, joined by a wide variety of guests, including Bad Brains frontman H.R., country singer Steve Earle, John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, Kyp Malone of TV On the Radio, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach.

Check out footage of Jesse Leach performing "I Against I" in the player below. Killswitch Engage will also launch a North American tour on November 24th. Bad Brains was also covered in an edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, which can be read right here.

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Sunday Old School: Bad Brains

Let it never be said that heavy music only appeals to a small demographic. If it weren’t for four Rastafarian Black Sabbath fans, hardcore music wouldn’t be what it is today, and perhaps nor would heavy music in general. When the four young men from Washington D.C. discovered punk music, they would form a band that would influence thousands of others, with several of these becoming popular or influential acts themselves. Indeed, where would music be today without the Bad Brains?

The band originally formed as a jazz funk outfit named Mind Power in 1975 but their path was altered forever two years later when a friend introduced them to the punk rock sounds of the Sex Pistols and The Dickies amongst others. They soon became obsessed with the genre and changed their name to Bad Brains, inspired by the song, "Bad Brain" by The Ramones. Punk was not the only interest that gripped the four young men either. After witnessing a Bob Marley concert, they became enthralled by reggae music and the Rastafari movement. The groups original singer, Sid McCray left soon after the bands inception, and guitarist H.R. (Human Rights) took over the role as frontman. Their shows were notorious for their extremely high level of intensity and they became an influential force in the D.C. hardcore scene, particularly H.R. who claims he encouraged Ian MacKaye to spread the Straight Edge philosophy with his band Minor Threat and inspired Henry Rollins to join Black Flag. Such was the craziness of their live shows that they soon found themselves on the receiving end of an unofficial ban from many clubs in the D.C. area, and soon decided to relocate to New York. They were instantly accepted in New York and performed regularly at the legendary CBGBs club and with other young hardcore acts like Reagan Youth and the Beastie Boys (yes, those Beastie Boys.)

In January of 1982, the band finally released their first album, a self-titled effort available exclusively on cassette at first through ROIR Records. The album has since been hailed as one of the greatest albums in the history of punk and hardcore, if not the greatest. Its breathtaking blend of hardcore punk and reggae music made them stand out from their contemporaries, not least thanks to their obvious musical ability. They released their second album, "Rock For Light" the next year through PVC Records, and re-recorded several songs from their self-titled debut for the release, as well as including older songs such as "At The Movies" in addition to new material. More...

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Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Beastie Boy

A number of rock and metal musicians have posted tributes online to Beastie Boys rapper, bassist and co-founder, Adam Yauch, aka "MCA." Yauch passed away earlier today at the age of 47. The cause of death is presently unknown, though it suspected to be linked to his run in with cancer in 2009, for which he underwent surgery. Yauch was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame along with his other Beastie Boys bandmates and other acts including Guns N Roses and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, who dedicated their performance to absent Yauch.

Some of the hard rock tributes read as follows:

Slash: "Sad day. MCA was fucking awesome. RIP man. We'll miss you very much."

Anthrax: "RIP MCA. Cancer, you're an asshole.

Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine: "Rest In Peace Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys. My condolences to his family and friends." More...

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Bad Brains Begins Work On New Album

Hardcore punk legends Bad Brains have announced that they have begun work on a new studio album, their first since 2007's comeback record, "Build A Nation." A message from bassist Darryl Jennifer reads as follows:

"Working on new album! We're pleased to announce that we have recently been holed up in upstate NY working on new material for a 2011 release. Stand by for the 'realist' we have ever written.

"The album is said to be channeling progressive elements and Megaforce expects us to release the album in late-summer 2011."

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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First Batch Of Bands Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced the first round of bands that will be performing at next year's version of the event. Among them include hardcore punk icons Bad Brains and The Exploited, along with many metal veterans such as Mayhem, Angel Witch, Sodom, Doro and the return of Swiss thrashers Coroner. Also on the bill will be Triptykon, Belphegor, Church Of Misery, Converge, The Haunted, The Melvins, Dodheimsgard, Grave, In Solitude, Therion, Karma To Burn, Malevolent Creation, Morne, My Sleeping Karma, Nasty, Orphaned Land, Raw Power, Septicflesh, Shai Hulud, Valient Thorr, The Young Gods and Your Demise. Over 100 other bands are expected to be confirmed for the festival, which will take place from June 17th-19th in the town of Clisson.

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God Forbid To Play Afropunk Festival

God Forbid has confirmed a slot on the 6th annual Afropunk Festival taking place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday June 26th. The festival will be headlined by Bad Brains and also features P.OS., Cipher, and many more.

God Forbid's Doc Coyle comments, "Afropunk is an organization that highlights and celebrates exemplary musical accomplishment within the African-American and multi-cultural communities, and has made significant strides in tearing down obsolete stereotypes and inspiring artists of all color to express themselves freely and persevere. All in God Forbid are honored to take part in such a rich and meaningful event. This will be a concert to remember!"

This performance will be part of a 3 day festival running from June 25th-27th, featuring other live acts such as 24-7 Spyz, The Cool Kids, Martin Luther, and more, as well as DJ's, Skate and BMX Competition, and contests and prizes. For tickets and information, visit this location.

God Forbid's upcoming shows are as follows: More...

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Download a Free CBGB Sampler From Amazon.com

It's not exactly new, but I just discovered that a free CBGB hardcore and punk compilation was released on Amazon recently. With Terror kicking it off and Bad Brains wrapping it up, it can't be all bad. Here's the complete tracklisting:

1. Terror "Keep Your Mouth Shut" (3:16)
2. H20 "Everready" (2:13)
3. Sic F*cks "Rock or Die" (1:41)
4. Sic F*cks "Chop Up Your Mother" (1:50)
5. The Toasters "2Tone Army" (4:20)
6. The Queers "Punk Rock Girls" (2:29)
7. The Queers "Tamara Is a Punk" (1:54)
8. Bad Brains "Big Takeover" (2:57)

Like many of the free samplers on Amazon.com, this compilation is likely limited to US residents, unfortunately.

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Slipknot To Headline Smokeout Festival

Iowa nine-piece Slipknot has been announced as the headliners for this years edition of the Smokeout festival which takes place Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. The event was founded by rap superstars (no pun intended) Cypress Hill and will be hosted by weed icons, Cheech and Chong. There will be a wide range of acts performing at the festival too, including metal groups Deftones, Immortal and Hardcore legends Bad Brains, as well as rap heavyweights such as Cypress Hill, Geto Boys, Immortal Technique, Mix Master Mike, Redman & Method Man amongst many others.

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Hatebreed Reveals Covers Album Release Date

Hardcore metal act Hatebreed has announced that their forthcoming new covers album, "For The Lions" will be released in North America on May 5th in North America via E1 Music (formerly known as Koch Records) and will appear on the shelves on Europe on May 11th through Century Media.

The covers appearing on "For The Lions" are as follows:

Slayer - "Ghosts of War"
Cro-Mags - "It's The Limit"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Suicidal Maniac"
Sepultura - "Refuse/Resist"
Metallica - "Escape"
Bad Brains - "Supertouch/Shitfit"
Misfits - "Hatebreeders"
D.R.I. - "Evil Minds"
Madball - "Set It Off"
Sick Of It All - "Shut Me Out"
Black Flag - "Thirsty"
Negative Approach - "Sick Of Talk"
Crowbar - "All I Had I Gave"
Merauder - "Life Is Pain"
Agnostic Front - "Your Mistake"
Judge - "Hear Me"
Obituary - "I'm In Pain
Subzero - "Boxed In"

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Hatebreed Reveals Covers Album, New Guitarist

HATEBREED has revealed the release date and tracklisting of their new covers album, "For The Lions." The album is set for release on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). This new release is the follow-up to the band’s #1 Billboard charting DVD, LIVE DOMINANCE (released September of 2008).

The songs on "For The Lions" were carefully selected by HATEBREED to represent a panoramic view of some of their favorite artists and greatest musical inspirations. Having completed the album in 2008, the band felt their work wasn’t done yet and just returned to the studio with original guitar player Wayne Lozinak to record additional tracks for the album. The four new covers are among the most bludgeoning the band has yet to record. These include, “Ghosts Of War” (Slayer), “Supertouch/Shitfit (Bad Brains), “Thirsty” (Black Flag) and “Suicidal Maniac” (Suicidal Tendencies).

FOR THE LIONS was produced, engineered and mixed by long-time band associate Chris "Zeuss" Harris.

You can preview of “Suicidal Maniac” on the band's MySpace page.

In additional HATEBREED news, the band announced the departure of guitar player Sean M. Martin, welcoming back to the fold original guitarist Wayne Lozinak.

Front man Jamey Jasta says, “I speak on behalf of all of us and we support Sean's decision to leave and want him to be happy and successful at everything he does. There are no bad feelings at all and you'll probably see him hanging on stage at some of our local shows. We're family and he will be missed but HATEBREED will forge on.” More...

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Bad Brains Finishes Documentary Production

BAD BRAINS has announced that it is in the final stages of production for its acclaimed documentary. No release date has been set yet.

The yet-untitled film was directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan and traces the history of the band from their formation in Washington, D.C. in 1979 to the present day. In addition to tons of footage from the band’s vault, the movie includes interviews with all four members (vocalist HR, guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer and drummer Earl Hudson) and their manager Anthony Countey, as well as testimonials from Henry Rollins, ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist Ian MacKaye, ex-Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar, ex-Cro Mags vocalist Jon Joseph and guitarist Harley Flanagan, Murphys Law guitarist Jimmy Gestapo and Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, who produced Bad Brains 2007 album Build a Nation.

In addition to giving birth to the hardcore movement with their song “Pay to Cum” and inspiring all of the aforementioned musicians in the process, the Bad Brains had a huge influence on a new breed of late ‘80 and early ’90s metal bands, including Living Colour, Faith No More, 24-7 Spyz and Fishbone. While the Bad Brains flick is currently in post-production, it will be ready for release in a Jamaican minute. More...

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