Transplants are an American punk rock/rap rock supergroup. They formed
in 1999 when
Tim Armstrong (of the bands Rancid and Operation Ivy)
played his friend and roadie
Rob Aston some beats he had made using
Pro Tools and asked Aston if he would consider contributing lyrics.
Initially, Armstrong played all the instruments himself, but as the
project grew, he invited musician friends such as Matt Freeman
Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), and
Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers)
to add to the sound. Before long, Armstrong and Aston decided to
officially form a band, but to make things complete, they wanted a
Travis Barker from
Blink-182 was asked to join in 2002.
After the release of their first album, Transplants briefly disbanded
in 2003, due to all members being involved in their own projects,
including Rancid and Blink-182. Then in 2004, they reunited to record
their second album (Haunted Cities) before going on hiatus again until
2010 when the band has started to record new material. This new
material was released as
In a Warzone
In a Warzone in 2013.
1.1 Transplants and first hiatus (2002–2003)
Haunted Cities (2004–2005)
1.3 Second hiatus (2006–2010)
1.4 Second reunion (2010–present)
2 Band members
5 External links
Transplants and first hiatus (2002–2003)
After two years of recording, Transplants released their debut album
Hellcat Records in October 2002. In the end, the album
was recorded and mixed entirely in Armstrong's basement.
vocalists included Eric Ozenne (The Nerve Agents),
Davey Havok (AFI),
Son Doobie (Funkdoobiest),
Danny Diablo (Crown of Thornz, AKA Lord
Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) and
Brody Dalle (The Distillers,
ex-wife of Armstrong). Brody sings on the track "Weigh on My Mind",
which Armstrong, at the time, described as "their song."
The singles "Diamonds and Guns" and "D.J. D.J." quickly became MTV
favorites and earned the band critical and commercial success.
"Diamonds and Guns" and its unmistakable piano hook played by
Dave Carlock was featured in TV commercials for Garnier
Fructis shampoo and Neutrogena, and both this and the song "Tall Cans
in the Air" were featured on the soundtrack for the 2003 movie
By 2003, the band had temporarily disbanded, while Barker worked on
Blink-182 album, and Armstrong worked on Rancid's
Haunted Cities (2004–2005)
In 2004, during an extensive Rancid hiatus, Armstrong decided to bring
Transplants back together. The band's second album, titled Haunted
Cities, was released in June 2005, just four months after Barker's
Blink-182 announced their hiatus.
The album's first single, "Gangsters and Thugs" was a hit and the band
began touring on the 2005 Warped Tour. After the Warped Tour,
Transplants started to plan a large North American tour with Pennywise
and wanted to release a second single. The band shot and released
another video for the single "What I Can't Describe." The band
Chopped and screwed version of
Haunted Cities on November
Soon after the cancellation of the tour, two band members announced
several more side projects that they would be embarking on during
Transplants break. Barker revealed that he would be starting a tour
DJ AM and also a new band with Aston and DJ
Paul Wall which would
become Expensive Taste. Aston revealed that he was working on a solo
Second hiatus (2006–2010)
In an interview with Aston and
Paul Wall on January 16, 2006 about
their project, Expensive Taste, Aston stated "The
Warped Tour had just
ended and Transplants had just broken up". This led to some
confusion over whether the band had officially broken up, or not.
Despite the statement made by Aston about how the band had "broken
Tim Armstrong contradicted this statement on a MySpace
bulletin. He stated: "In the upcoming years, I hope to make another
Transplants album. I love recording with those guys".
From 2006 to 2009, Transplants had been "on hold", as all the members
had continued working on their own projects. Armstrong was busy
touring with Rancid promoting their new album, Let the Dominoes Fall.
He also released his solo album, A Poet's Life, in 2007. Travis Barker
is currently working on an album with a recently reformed Blink-182,
who toured during the summer of 2009, and also recently formed a new
band called Expensive Taste, along with Aston.
Second reunion (2010–present)
In January 2010, Barker announced on his
Twitter account that
Transplants were reunited and are in fact recording new material in
2010. The band announced that their new website will be posted in
February 2011. It was also announced that the third album will be
released on the band's original home at Hellcat Records.
Armstrong and Aston appeared as guests on Barker's first solo album
Give the Drummer Some
Give the Drummer Some along with former
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash
Latin rock influenced song called "Saturday Night". The band
performed the song live on Conan March 7, 2011, with Mix Master Mike
on turntables, Elvis Cortez on guitar and
Kevin Bivona on bass. Slash
did not take part in the performance.
In an interview with 29-95 in April 2011, Barker has revealed that
material for the Transplants album has been written since August 2010,
and that 16 songs were already written by Armstrong, Aston and Barker
for the album. He has also said that he expects around 30 songs to be
written, with the best 12 to 15 making the cut.
On November 13, 2011, an announcement was made from the band's
official Facebook page that they will be finishing up their new album
in December. On November 29, Armstrong revealed that the album is
slated for a spring 2012 release date, which will be followed by a new
Rancid album in that summer.
On December 16, 2011, Aston posted a photo on Facebook revealing Kevin
"Sweatshop" Bivona as the newest member.
After assorted announcements during 2012, the third album, titled In a
Warzone, was finally released June 25, 2013. The first single, "In a
Warzone", came out April 2, 2013; a second single, "Come Around", was
released the following week on April 9.
On February 28, 2014, it was revealed on the band's official Facebook
page, that the band had begun writing and recording new material.
On April 28, 2015, Barker announced that Transplants are almost
finished with the recording of several cover songs. He released a list
with song titles including songs by bands like Circle Jerks, Unwritten
Law, Cypress Hill, Minor Threat, Beastie Boys, House of Pain, and
Sepultura. On January 19, 2017, Barker confirmed that Transplants
will be releasing a covers album.
On June 6, 2017, the band posted "Friday the 13th. October 2017." on
their Facebook page, which leads to rumors this might be the date for
the release of the announced record. On July 29, 2017, the band
announced on their Facebook page that the new record will be released
on October 13 2017. It will be an EP named Take Cover. The
announcement was repeated on September 22. On October 6, 2017,
Transplants announced the track list for Take Cover. The EP will
consist of 7 songs.
The EP Take Cover was released as planned on the 13th October 2017.
Tim Armstrong – lead vocals, lead guitar (1999–present)
Skinhead Rob – lead vocals (1999–present)
Travis Barker – drums, percussion, loops (2002–present)
Kevin Bivona – bass guitar (2011–present) (touring keyboard player
Elvis Cortez - rhythm guitar (2011–present)
Former touring members
Dave Carlock – keyboards, samples (2003)
Craig Fairbaugh – rhythm guitar (2003-2005)
Matt Freeman – bass guitar (2003-2005)
DJ Pone – turntables (2003-2005)
Main article: Transplants discography
Haunted Cities (2005)
In a Warzone
In a Warzone (2013)
Take Cover (2017)
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