DAG NASTY is an American melodic hardcore band from
Washington D.C. ,
formed in 1985 by guitarist Brian Baker of
Minor Threat , drummer
Colin Sears and bassist Roger Marbury , both of Bloody Mannequin
Orchestra , and vocalist
Shawn Brown (later of
Swiz and Jesuseater ).
Their style of less aggressive, melodic hardcore was influential to
post-hardcore ; their sound was partly influenced by The Faith and
their 1983 EP Subject to Change .
* 1 History
* 2 Members
* 3 Discography
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Shawn Brown was the first vocalist with whom the band recorded
unreleased versions of most of the material that later made up their
Can I Say , which featured former roadie and new singer
Dave Smalley of DYS . Dave left the band to attend grad school at
New York University before a summer tour with
The Descendents . A new
singer, Peter Cortner, was found after the band placed an ad in a
local paper and the tour was kept. After touring half the US opening
The Descendents , the band went home and recorded new material
that wasn't released until years later. After a few more local shows,
the band broke up in the fall of 1986. Brian went to L.A. to start a
new band with
Doug Carrion and half of Doggie Style called Doggie
Rock. After releasing one album under the Doggie Style name, Doggie
Rock broke up and Brian reformed
Dag Nasty in early 1987 with Peter,
Colin and Doug replacing Roger Marbury, who declined to rejoin. Months
later, the band recorded and released Wig Out at Denko\'s , including
rerecorded versions of the late 86' tape and new material.
1988 saw the release of their album Field Day on Giant Records which
was distributed by
Dutch East India
Dutch East India . It was an ambitious album, often
generating sharply polarised appraisals from fans: many hated it and
many loved it. Field Day attempted to blend pop melodies with hardcore
and metal riffs even further than previously attempted on Wig Out. The
result was, at times, uneven but helped to usher in a new style of
hardcore with more controlled playing, guitar effects, acoustic
elements and slower tempos. The band split up shortly after touring
for Field Day ended.
Dag Nasty reformed with Smalley on vocals and released the
album Four on the Floor . In 1991,
Selfless Records had released 85-86
, a collection of early, pre-
Can I Say recordings.
In 2002 the band got back together, again with Smalley on the mic,
returning the band to a hardcore sound. The result of this reunion was
Minority of One
Minority of One . To this day they still release records,
Dag Nasty remains more of a side project for its members than a
full-time active band. Cortner, who has not been involved with the
band directly for years, completed his education as a lawyer,
practiced law and recently became a schoolteacher. While strictly as a
personal hobby now, Cortner has continued to make music under the
names GPFA and, more recently, in a collaboration with Philadelphia
area musicians entitled The Gerunds . Sears went on to play in The
Marshes and later after moving to Portland, Oregon for Handgun Bravado
and The Valley Floor. He also works as a city planner for the Portland
Development Commission . The other members of the band have remained
involved in music.
Bad Religion after
Brett Gurewitz left to focus on his
own record label (
Epitaph Records ) and continued to play in the band
when Gurewitz rejoined.
In 2009 Brian Baker said he wanted to make a new
Dag Nasty record
with Peter Cortner. "We want to do another record with Peter singing
at some point and that will be the next one we do. I've spoken with
Colin and Roger and they want to do it with Peter next time. Maybe a
year from now, who knows? Whenever people are available. The one thing
about Peter is that he's a really good lyricist. That's always been
his strong point"
In October 2012
Dag Nasty announced a reunion show in Washington DC
with their original singer,
Shawn Brown . On December 28, 2012 the
Dag Nasty line up played the Black Cat in support of the
upcoming documentary "Salad Days: The DC Punk Revolution". The bill
Government Issue , another Washington DC punk reunion.
The group was reformed again in 2015. It was announced that year on
May 30, 2016,
Dag Nasty will tour Europe in the spring of 2016 and
play the Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival in Las Vegas, and on June 11
in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A new 7 inch single will be released on
Dischord Records in May 2016.
Shawn Brown (August 1985-February 1986/December 2012/2015)
Dave Smalley (February 1986-June 1986/1991/2002)
* Peter Cortner (July 1986-July 1988)
* Brian Baker
* Roger Marbury (August 1985-March 1987/1991/2002/December 2012)
Doug Carrion (March 1987-July 1988)
Colin Sears (August 1985-June 1987/1991/2002/December 2012)
* Scott Garrett (August 1987-July 1988)
* London May ("Wig Out at Denko\'s " tour, summer 1987)
Can I Say LP (
Dischord Records , 1986)
* Wig Out at Denko\'s LP (
Dischord Records , 1987)
* All Ages Show 7" (Giant Records , 1987)
* Field Day LP (Giant Records , 1988)
* Trouble Is 12" (Giant Records , 1988)
* Can I Say/
Wig Out at Denko's CD (
Dischord Records , 1991)
* 85-86 LP/7" Box Set/CD (
Selfless Records , 1991)
* Four on the Floor LP/CD (
Epitaph Records , 1992)
Minority of One
Minority of One LP/CD (
Revelation Records , 2002)
* Dag with Shawn LP/CD (
Dischord Records , 2010)
Can I Say and Wig Out at Denko\'s were remastered and separately
Dischord in 2002.
* Cold Heart 7" (
Dischord Records , 2016)
* ^ Kraus, Brian (22 June 2014). "16 Modern Precursors Of Melodic
Hardcore". Alternative Press . Retrieved 27 April 2015. We're not
talking about the obvious keystones (
Rites Of Spring
Rites Of Spring ,
Dag Nasty, Lifetime , Embrace )...
* ^ Blush, Steven (2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History . New
Feral House . p. 157. ISBN 0-922915-71-7 . During the
'Revolution Summer' of '85 many harDCore types reinvented themselves.
'Emo,' for emotional post-Hardcore, described the move to softer, more
emotive music, embodied in Ian 's project Embrace, Brian Baker's Dag
Nasty, Thomas Squip's Beefeater, Kingface with Mark Sullivan, Bobby
Sullivan's Lunchmeat, and Rites of Spring with Guy Picciotto and Eddie
* ^ Greenwald, p. 14. "
Ian Mackaye was such a huge Rites of Spring
fan that he not only recorded what was to be the band's only album in
1985 and served as a roadie for them while on tour, but his own new
band, Embrace, explored similar themes of self-searching and emotional
release. Other peers followed suit, including Grey Matter, the archly
political and arty Beefeater, and Fire Party, whom Jenny termed 'the
world's first female-fronted emo band.'"
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pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-1-4027-5960-4 .
* ^ "Subject to Change 12" EP". Kill from the Heart. Archived from
the original on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
* ^ Lynch, Mickey. "Brian Baker (Bad Religion) interviewed".
Olympus Audio Blog. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
* ^ "Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival". punkrockbowling.com.