JELLO BIAFRAS’ BIO

 

As Jello Biafra is heading to the uk for his Vive Le Punk/Big Cheese sponsored tour-heres a rundown of how he got his band together.

 

Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine
Bio

     In the twenty or so years since his brainchild Dead Kennedys 
officially disbanded,Jello Biafra has made a career of spoken word 
gigs interspersed with musical collaborations with some of the  most 
compelling figures in underground music. Recording projects and 
touring with the likes of Melvins, No Means No, DOA, Mojo Nixon and 
Lard (with Ministry’s Al Jorgensen) among others have kept his 
"hardcore as political weapon" message sharp, but the lack of his own 
band made these collaborations usually short-lived and  left Biafra 
with a ton of songs that had never seen the light of day.
     Inspired by Iggy Pop’s 60Th birthday gig at the Warfield in San 
Francisco, Biafra laid plans for his own 50Th birthday party and  
finally decided it was time to start a band of his own. Ten years 
before he had been attempting the same thing with the likes of 
guitarist Ralph Spight (Victims Family,Freak Accident,Hellworms) and 
drummer Jon Weiss (Sharkbait,Horsey). They had also previously worked 
with basist Billy Gould (Faith No More) who was tapped for the new 
group. After cramming rehearsal for a month the four piece band known 
as Jello Biafra and the Axis Of Merry Evildoers took the stage in a 
sold-out two night stand at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall 
and subsequently spent the next 9 months in rehearsal for an album 
project.Before entering the studio guitarist Kimo Ball (Freak 
Accident,Carneyball Johnson,Mol Triffid,Griddle) was recuited and the 
resulting twin guitar attack took the groups sound to new, noisier 
heights. The quintet now known as Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo 
School of Medicine began recording tracks  for the upcoming LP/CD 
entitled "The Audacity Of Hype"(Alternative Tentacles Records) slated 
for release in October 2009, produced by Biafra and engineered by Hip 
Hop legend and long time Jello co-conspirator Matt Kelley 
(Hieroglyphics,Tupac,Digital Underground,Victims Family) at Prairie 
Sun Recording in Cotati,CA and San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studios.
The band’s sound retains some of the the spy-music-on-meth chaos of 
the DK’s while adding a healthy dose of Detroit style proto-punk mixed 
with layers of sonic guitar noise, and Weiss’ industrial excursions 
into metal percussion. Topically, the album explores how our forced 
Iraqnophobia and Homeland Insecurity continues to feed lawlessness at 
the top("The Terror Of Tiny Town") vs. a runaway police state and 
class war towards the bottom ("Three Stirkes","Electronic 
Plantation")."Clean As A Thistle" becomes more timely every day as 
"Family Values" blowhards get caught in sinful trysts while, album 
closer "I Won’t Give Up" offers an age of Obama anthem on how change 
comes from agitation from below, not glamor and soundbites from the 
top. Thirty years on,  Jello Biafra has made an album that solidifies 
and expands his uncompromising vision and updates it for the new 
century, with a powerhouse band that promises to be a terrifying live 
machine, featuring Jon’s brother Andrew Weiss (Rollins 
Band,Ween,Butthole Surfers) filling the live bass position recently 
left vacant by Billy Gould’s return to Faith No More.

 

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