Founded 34 years ago in Los Angeles during the first wave of LA punk rock by brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald (then respectively 15 and 11 years old), Redd Kross cut their teeth opening for Black Flag at a middle school graduation party. Their debut recordings caught the attention of Rodney Bingenheimer, who quickly became a fan as he spun their Ramones inspired songs like "Annette's Got The Hits" and "I Hate My School" on the world famous KROQ.
Their following releases maintained roots still firmly planted in punk, but the band started to experiment with different musical elements and band members. Redd Kross boldly broke new ground by intuitively and inventively mixing their eclectic inspirations in song and performance. They understand and embrace the esoteric commonalities between the Partridge Family and the Manson Family; the Beatles and Black Sabbath; The Osmonds and the New York Dolls. The result was a band that was ahead of their time – daringly original, artistic and uncontrived.
"Teen Babes from Monsanto", "Born Innocent" and "Neurotica" became precursors to the Seattle bands of the 90′s, as well as becoming an inspiration to many indie and alternative rock bands world wide.
"Neurotica was a life changer for me and for a lot of people in the Seattle music community."
- Jonathan Poneman, cofounder of Sub Pop.
"(Redd Kross) are definitely one of the most important bands in America."
- Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore
In 1990 the band released their major label debut, "Third Eye". Taking their obsession with late 60′s bubblegum am radio to a new level, the song writing matured with more complex arrangements, harmonies and lush production. Redd Kross had their first single chart "Annie's Gone"(#16 Billboard modern rock), and began to tour with notable artists such as Sonic Youth, The Go-Go's, The Posies, Jellyfish, The Lemonheads, and the HooDoo Gurus.
Robert Hecker took leave as lead guitarist and the McDonald brothers were joined by Eddie Kurdziel (guitar), Brian Reitzell (drums), and Gere Fennelly (keyboards). They released the critically acclaimed "Phaseshifter" album in 1993 featuring the hit songs "Jimmy's Fantasy", "Lady In The Front Row", and a raucous cover of Frightwig's "Crazy World".
Redd Kross toured relentlessly for the next several years, appearing on television sets across America performing on the John Stewart Show (pre Daily Show), Conan O'Brien, and the Tonight Show. The band began working their magic on UK festival stages such as Redding Festival and Finsbury Park, and did a US arena tour with The Stone Temple Pilots and Meat Puppets.
In 1997, Redd Kross released one of their most polished albums, "Show World" featuring the perfectly crafted pop single, "Mess Around". After supporting the album by touring with Sloan and the Presidents of the United States, the band went on a much needed hiatus. Fans wondered when they would return, and things seemed more uncertain after the untimely passing of guitarist Eddie Kurdziel in 1999.
The McDonald brothers launched www.ReddKross.com and began to reconnect with their fans and make new ones. They experimented with the new medium just as innovatively as they do with their music – Steven McDonald released an online only mashup album called "Redd Blood Cells" by adding bass tracks to the White Stripes album - with Jack White's consent, and was used by the Creative Commons Organization to explain how the CC license and the internet can unleash artistic creativity and collaboration, Jeff McDonald began podcasting ("Hit It!") before iPods or podcasts were invented, and also released a web based video series ("Bitchin' Ass") far ahead of YouTube.
Redd Kross reissued their classic "Neurotica" album as they worked on a variety of other projects including "Ze Malibu Kids", "The Steven McDonald Group", and worked in various capacities with other bands on stage and in the studio such as the Donnas, Turbonegro, Imperial Teen, Anna Waronker, be your own pet, fun., Sparks, Tenacious D, Beck and OFF!
In 2006, Jeff and Steven announced their reunion with the "classic Neurotica" line up – and were joined once again by guitarist Robert Hecker (IT's OK) and drummer Roy McDonald (the Muffs). Redd Kross have been playing to enthusiastic audiences at sold out select shows and festivals such as the Azkena Festival, Coachella, Dig It Up! (The HooDoo Gurus Invitational), NorthWest Music Fest, CBGB Festival, and Pop Montréal.
"Researching the Blues" is the highly anticipated new album. It is their first new album in 15 years and will be released on Merge Records August 7, 2012.
For those who don't know:
The Melvins have been a band for over 25 years...
The Melvins have done a shit load of albums.... How many is a shit load? No one really knows.
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The Melvins have four members.
King Buzzo... Longest surviving and only original member left. When they get around to replacing him there will be no original members!
Dale Crover... Long standing drummer and part time guitar player. Dale likes his booze in a High Ball glass.
Jared Warren... Bass player, singer and part time drama geek. Jared also plays in the band Big Business.
Coady Willis... Drummer. Coady has a funny story about trying to play a gig in leather pants. Ask him, it's funny as shit! Coady also plays drums in Big Business.
So there you have it!
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