MDC

MDC

The Grim, WALK PROUD

Thu, January 5, 2017

9:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

MDC
MDC
Formed in 1979 as The Stains and playing their first gig under this name in April 1980, MDC were one of three pioneering hardcore punk bands in Austin, Texas, in the early '80s, alongside The Dicks and Big Boys. These bands frequently played together and established the Austin hardcore scene. They released one single as the Stains in 1981, featuring a slower version of the future MDC song "John Wayne Was a Nazi" backed with "Born to Die". Both songs were later released on the debut MDC album.

[edit] 1980s

By 1982 the band had relocated to San Francisco, California, and renamed themselves MDC. By this point the band were active participants in the growing hardcore scene and released their debut LP Millions of Dead Cops on their own label, R Radical; Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles helped with distribution. The album is now widely considered a punk classic, and features songs such as "John Wayne Was a Nazi", "Dick for Brains", and the harsh criticism of the police, "I Remember". Other targets of criticism devoid of irony included capitalism ("Corporate Death Burger"), homophobia ("America's So Straight"),[1] and American culture ("Violent Rednecks").

During the summer of 1982 they became involved in the Rock Against Reagan Tour, during which time they fell out with the band Bad Brains when Rastafarian singer H.R. learned that Big Boys' singer , Randy Turner, was homosexual. H.R. and MDC's Dave Dictor had an intense confrontation. Upon Bad Brains' departure from the bill, they refused to return a loan owed to Big Boys and instead left a note that reportedly read, "burn in hell bloodclot faggot."[2] The indcident resulted in the MDC song Pay to Come Along.[3] For MDC, 1982 ended with a tour of Europe with the Dead Kennedys which brought the band greater exposure in the punk scene outside of the U.S., especially in the UK.

Their involvement in the Rock Against Reagan activities continued through 1983 and they returned to recording with the EP "Multi-Death Corporations" which was distributed in the UK by British anarcho-punk label Crass Records and R Radical in the U.S. The EP broke new ground by addressing, in the lengthy liner notes and artwork, the growth of corporations and the violent suppression of Communism in Central America. In 1984 they released another EP, Millions of Dead Children (also known as Chicken Squawk), this time dealing with Vegetarian and Vegan issues via a cowpunk tune.

Smoke Signals was released in 1986, their second album featuring a more diverse style than previously, with a foray into '70s rock with the song "South Africa Is Free". This album also saw Gordon Fraser's first appearance as main guitarist. Their third album, This Blood's for You, followed in 1987 and saw them returning to a more orthodox hardcore punk style with themes again including intervention in Central America and criticism of the Reagan Administration. MDC toured Europe in 1988, where the live album Elvis - In the Rhineland was recorded. The band released the album Metal Devil Cokes in 1989.

[edit] 1990s

The 1990s opened with a number of lineup changes, swiftly followed by the 1991 album Hey Cop! If I Had a Face Like Yours..., featuring Bill Collins on guitar and Matt Freeman (of Operation Ivy) on bass. The acclaimed Shades of Brown album appeared in 1993, released by New Red Archives in the U.S. and We Bite in Europe. The album featured the Hip-Hop vegetarian song "Real Food, Real People, Real Bullets". The band, now with guitarist Chris Wilder and bassist Erica Liss, marked the album with a tour of the former Soviet Union, making MDC the first American punk band to tour Russia. This was followed by two more European tours and several U.S. tours until 1995, where began a lull in the band's activity. The lack of new recorded material (other than a 7-inch release on Slap-a-Ham Records) and live performances after 1994, plus personal problems of band members, pointed to an informal break-up of the band.

[edit] 2000s

MDC's singer, Dave Dictor, returned with an entirely new backing line-up in 2000, and MDC released a new album, Magnus Dominus Corpus, in 2004. They took part in a 25th anniversary world tour in 2005, with an all-original lineup. Following the death of Mikey Donaldson in September 2007, MDC has been touring the U.S. and Europe extensively with the Dictor/Posner/Smith/Schvitz lineup.

Recently, the band has been based in Portland, Oregon.


Instrumentation
Dave Dictor- Vocals
Ron Posner - Guitar
Alschvitz - Drums
Mike Smith - Bass
Russ Kalita - Guitar

Discography
The Stains - John Wayne was a Nazi / Born to Die
MDC - Millions of Dead Cops
More Dead Cops
Multi Death Corporation
Millions of Dead Children
Smoke signals
This Bloods for you
Elvis in the Rhineland (live)
Metal Devil Cokes
Hey Cop! If I had a face like yours
Millions of Damn Christians
Shades of Brown
No More Then Ever
Magnus Dominus Corpus
MDC Unplugged / John the Baker Split
MDC Unplugged / Riot Cop Split
MDC Unplugged - Zombie Love Split
The Solid EP
The Human EP
Mobocracy Split w/ the Restarts
The Grim
The Grim
Members: Tim - Vocals Bob - Guitar Brian - Bass Garrett - Drums Jeff - Guitar

The Grim started in 1983 playing parties in the San Fernando Valley. Their music appeared on numerous compilation records released by Mystic Records. In 1984 Mystic released their self titled debut record known as the "orange album". You may have seen it as a back drop in the movie "Pretty In Pink". The Grim toured the country with NOFX, Scared Straight and others. Played with bands like Social Distortion, Bad Religon, NOFX, Minutemen, Dr. Know, Killroy (They're playing again, let's all support them. You said you would if they ever got together again and now they did. Keep your word!), Dickies, Johnny And The Dingbats, Tourist, Aggression, Pennywise, RF-7, Vandals, GBH (on their equipment), Black Mass, Descendants, Caustic Notions, Insolence, Drowning Roses, Agression, Face To Face, M.I.A., RKL, No Use For A Name, Ill Repute, Slang, Transition, M.D., Blast!, Buglamp, Battalion Of Saints, Glue Gun, The Wallflowers, Circle Jerks, Bad Religon. The song, "Saipan Death March" by The Grim was one of the most requested songs on the Rodney On The ROQ show in 1984. In 1986 Mystic Records released a Super Seven Inch record featuring 4 songs by The Grim recorded in a television studio, entitled "Live To Die". In 1987 The Grim recorded an album for Mystic that was eventually released on Alchemy Records called The Grim "Face Of Betrayel". In 1988 Mystic released a live 7 inch of The Grim "Live At Fenders".
The band ended in the mid 90's and Tim started working for NOFX on tour. The band did a couple of reunion shows in early 2001 with the original members. But since Jordan was in Strung Out it was short lived due to his touring with them.
Fast forward to 2010 the band reformed with 3 new members. Tim decided to take control and reform the Grim one last time. Tim was always talking with with ex Jughead's Revenge bassist Brian Preiss about starting up a new band. But Brian convinced him to reform the Grim. When he decided to call Bob and tell him of his plans, Bob agreed to do the Grim one more time.
Fed up of looking for an old drummer from some old contacts from the past. The band put out a craigslist ad and recruited Garrett Dyer on drums. Also Jeff Yearsley was asked to play 2nd guitar. Jeff was a fellow band mate and friend of Brian's from the early punk rock days and was always a big Grim fan. The band played their first show with the new line up opening up for the adolescents in the summer of 2010. Countless shows later their old record label mystic records in the spring of 2011 decided to release a best of cd with all the hard to find records on one disc.
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804
http://www.alexsbar.com/