T.S.O.L. (TRUE SOUNDS OF LIBERTY) is an American punk rock band
formed in 1978 in
Long Beach, California
Long Beach, California . Although most commonly
associated with hardcore punk , T.S.O.L.'s music has varied on each
release, including such styles as deathrock , art punk , horror punk
and other varieties of punk music.
* 1 History
* 2 Film
* 3 Television
* 4 Members
* 5 Discography
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Formed in 1978 in Long Beach,
T.S.O.L. originated as a punk band,
developing from earlier bands SS Cult and Johnny Koathanger and the
Abortions. The original lineup consisted of vocalist
Jack Grisham (who
has been credited as Jack Greggors, Alex Morgon, Jack Ladoga, Jack
Delauge and Jack Loyd, among pseudonyms), guitarist
Ron Emory ,
bassist Mike Roche and drummer Todd Barnes.
Later in 1978, Grisham and Barnes formed Vicious Circle, and T.S.O.L.
took a brief hiatus (in 2013, TKO Records released an eponymous
Vicious Circle EP , composed of circa-1979 rehearsal tapes ).
T.S.O.L.'s debut five-song EP,
T.S.O.L. , was released in spring 1981
Posh Boy Records , featuring the reconvened original lineup. This
first release was harshly political, featuring tracks such as
"Superficial Love," "World War III" and "Abolish Government."
Their first full-length album, Dance with Me , was released later in
Frontier Records , and showcased a more gothic /deathrock
sound. They then signed to independent label
Alternative Tentacles ,
Weathered Statues EP early in 1982, and the melodic
Beneath the Shadows album later that year; the latter featured a new
Greg Kuehn .
Amid personal turmoil, Grisham, Barnes and Kuehn all left the band in
After his exit, Grisham formed Cathedral of Tears, who released a
1984 EP on
Enigma Records , followed by Tender Fury, who issued three
albums: Tender Fury (1988), Garden of Evil (1989) and If Anger Were
Soul, Id Be James Brown (1991).
T.S.O.L., however, chose to reconfigure.
Bad Religion bassist Jay
Bentley briefly joined in 1983 before Roche returned. Joe Wood
(formerly of Der Stab, and Grisham's then-brother-in-law) and Mitch
Dean joined on vocals and drums, respectively. This new lineup
released three albums on Enigma:
Change Today? (1984), Revenge (1986)
and Hit and Run (1987). All three albums featured a more polished
production style, with Hit and Run reaching No. 184 on the Billboard
200 charts, and the band toured globally to support the releases. The
band's first live album, Live , was issued by Enigma in 1988.
The band became friends with Guns N\' Roses , and
were seen in the video for that band's "Sweet Child o\' Mine ", most
notably on drummer
Steven Adler .
Emory left the band in 1988, during the recording of demos for
Strange Love, leaving Roche as the sole remaining original member.
though Emory was given a writing credit on the track "Blow by Blow".
T.S.O.L. were joined briefly by guitarist Scotty Phillips, who quit
before the band started recording the follow-up to Hit and Run. They
eventually hired former Dino's Revenge guitarist and actor Marshall
Rohner . They released a blues-metal album, Strange Love , in 1990.
Roche quit shortly before the album release, leaving the band with no
original members. A compilation album titled Hell and Back Together
1984–1990 was issued in 1992 with an emphasis on their metal era.
Murphy Karges (later of
Sugar Ray ) replaced Roche on bass; he was
then replaced by touring bassist Josh Also.
This late-'80s lineup was popular enough to garner bookings in Brazil
and Argentina, where the Grisham-led band held no legal rights to
prevent Wood from gigging as
T.S.O.L. In 1996, Wood and Dean were
joined by guitarists Mike Martt and Drac Conley, and bassist Dave
Uniform Choice ), with Dean subsequently replaced by Steve
"Sully" O’Sullivan. Also in 1996, Wood formed ongoing blues band Joe
Wood also later of
Hed (pe) and Doyle ) joined the band on drums in
December 2003 and remained until 2014, serving as the longest standing
drummer in the band's three-decade history. He first recorded with the
band on 2005's Who's Screwin' Who? (Anarchy Music), a revamping and
rerecording of 18 of T.S.O.L.'s greatest hits (it was later reissued
under the titles F#*k You Tough Guy: The Collection, by Cleopatra
Records , and Code Blue, by Anarchy).
In November 2006, the band announced they were breaking up, with
final performances having taken place earlier in the month. In
September 2007, Cider City Records released the seemingly posthumous
Live from Long Beach , recorded in November 2006 on the
weekend of the band's two announced "farewell" performances. Their
hiatus was short-lived, however, as they returned to perform local
shows in late 2007. They also headlined the "Fuck the Whales, Save a
Chckn" benefit in February 2008, held to help with cancer treatment
bills for guitarist Craig "Chckn" Jewett of D.I.
In December 2008, the band entered the studio to record Life, Liberty
a debut album, Songs for an Up Day, was released in June 2012. He also
formed Jack Grisham's LOST Soul in 2012, a gigging ensemble featuring
Kuehn and Biuso, with the intent of performing
T.S.O.L. and the
On April 20, 2013,
T.S.O.L. released a 7" EP, You Don't Have to Die
(TKO Records), for
Record Store Day
Record Store Day , composed of the title track (an
unreleased 1980 demo) and two 1981 live tracks. That same year, the
band toured Europe and South America; they also completed a US tour
In 2014, Biuso left the band. He was replaced first by touring member
Sean Antillon (a member of numerous bands including
Corrupted Ideals ,
the Gears, Stains, the Skulls , the Weirdos and the Duane Peters
Gunfight ), then officially by Matt Rainwater (of the Joykiller).,
and in 2016 by
Chip Hanna .
On January 27, 2017, the band released The Trigger Complex album on
Rise Records .
In 1981, director Paul Young made Urban Struggle: The Battle of The
Cuckoo's Nest, a film which featured live performances by
well as several Orange County punk and hardcore bands. Dave Markey's
1982 film The Slog Movie also featured live
Their music was also featured in the 1984 movie Suburbia , the popular
1985 horror movie
The Return of the Living Dead and 1986 film
Dangerously Close . They were also mentioned in the documentary
Punk\'s Not Dead .
T.S.O.L. songs "Just Like Me" and "Flowers by the Door" were featured
in the 1985
CBS Schoolbreak Special
CBS Schoolbreak Special Hear Me Cry, a program about teen
Jack Grisham - vocals (1978-1983, 1991, 1999–present)
Ron Emory - guitar (1978-1988, 1991, 1999–present)
* Mike Roche - bass (1978-1990, 1991, 1999–present)
Greg Kuehn - piano, synthesizers (1982-1983, 2005–present)
Chip Hanna - drums (2016–present)
* Todd Barnes - drums (1978-1983, 1991, 1999; died 1999)
* Joe Wood - vocals, guitar (1983-1999)
* Mitch Dean - drums (1983-1998)
Marshall Rohner - guitar (1988-1996)
Murphy Karges - bass (1990-1996)
* Mike Martt - guitar (1996-1999)
* Drac Conley - guitar (1996-1999)
* Dave Mello - bass (1996-1999)
* Steve "Sully" O’Sullivan - drums (1998-1999)
* Jay O'Brien - drums (1999-2003)
* Billy Blaze - drums (2003)
Anthony "Tiny" Biuso - drums (2003-2014)
* Matt Rainwater - drums (2014-2016)
Jay Bentley - bass (1983)
* Scotty Phillips - guitar (1988)
* Josh Also - bass (1996)
* Zill C. DeVill - bass (2002)
* Sean Antillon - drums (2014)
T.S.O.L. discography Studio albums
* Dance with Me (1981)
Beneath the Shadows (1982)
Change Today? (1984)
* Revenge (1986)
* Hit and Run (1987)
* Strange Love (1990)
* Disappear (2001)
* Divided We Stand (2003)
* Life, Liberty ">
* ^ Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie
Discography, Canongate Books, page 663. ISBN 0-86241-913-1 .
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Allmusic . Retrieved
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Hollywood Fats & Marshall Rohner". Steven
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T.S.O.L. break up". Alternative Press. November 27, 2006.
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* ^ "Hurley". Hurley. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
* ^ "
T.S.O.L. - You Don\'t Have To Die E.P.". Discogs.
* ^ "Sean Antillon". Discogs.
* ^ "The Big Takeover: The Damned with
T.S.O.L. – The Stone Pony
(Asbury Park, NJ) – Saturday, November 1, 2014". The Big Takeover.
* ^ Jackson, Nate (November 28, 2016). "
T.S.O.L. Release Their New
Album, The Trigger Complex, in January 2017". OC Weekly. Retrieved
August 22, 2017.