|Origin||Santa Cruz, California|
|Years active||1983 - 1991, 2001, 2013-|
|Labels||SST Records, Green World, Southern Lord|
BL'AST! began in 1982-83 and released its first album, The Power of Expression, in 1985. They recorded the album three times before releasing it. They first were signed by Green World Records, and toured for the album in the U.S. and played many west coast shows. BL'AST! wrote It's In My Blood and the group then caught the attention of SST Records, who signed them up for their next release, It's In My Blood in 1987. That same year, a 7-inch was released, including a cover of Alice Cooper's "School's Out". They began playing many West Coast shows and touring the U.S. They also were releasing new music on Santa Cruz Skateboard videos.
SST Records and Santa Cruz Skateboards began shared videos and merch bridged by Blast! as Neider had worked for the skateboard company for many years. The band's third release for SST was Take The Manic Ride, which was released in 1989. Was recorded by Dave Rat. Blast! reaching new musical boundaries that got heavier and manic as it became an influence for many bands to come.
Cliff Dinsmore was not in the group sometime in 1990 and co-founded the band Spaceboy. The rest continued on without him, with Neider taking over vocal duties. BL'AST! officially ceased to exist in December 1990 and changed their name to Blackout (releasing one 7-inch under that name) and then again to LAB (who also put out a 7-inch EP, as well as a hard-to-find four-song CD you could only get along with a Santa Cruz Skateboards order), continuing into the late 90s playing many shows with Fu Manchu. Former Kyuss and Fu Manchu drummer Brant Bjork moved to Santa Cruz to briefly join LAB before joining up with Fu Manchu.
BL'AST! briefly reunited in 2001, playing a handful of shows on the West Coast. They were also planning to record again, but the band decided not to before this materialized.
Following announcements over recent months proclaiming the release of Blood! — the newly-released but vintage recordings from iconic ‘80s Santa Cruz surf/skate/hardcore act, BL’AST! – the band now confirms their current live lineup which will take over stages in the coming weeks and onward for the first time in over a decade and a half!
Original BL’AST! alumni, vocalist Clifford Dinsmore (also of Dusted Angel, Gargantula) and guitarist Mike Neider also of (L.A.B. , GUSTO!) have recruited Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) on bass and drummer Hoss Wright (The Exies, Mondo Generator) to flesh out the brand new 2013 lineup. Having bashed out a solid set behind closed doors in random sessions in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz , BL’AST! is ready to rage once again! This new lineup is vital in the continuation of BL’AST! and the addition of new blood makes it even more bombastic and heavy.” BL`AST! w/ new tunes for 2014 have plans to record.
|Blast! Past Members|
Dinsmore joined the Santa Cruz doom rock outfit Dusted Angel in 2008, w/ Scott Stevens. They released their debut self-titled 7" in October 2009. They followed that up with their full-length CD, titled "Earth Sick Mind" on November 17, 2010.
- The Power Of Expression - (Green World Records/Wishingwell Records) 1986 (SST Records) 1987 (reissue)
- It's In My Blood - (SST Records) 1987
- Take The Manic Ride - (SST Records) 1989
- BLOOD! - (Southern Lord Records) 2013
- Kory Grow (September 3, 2013). "Stream BL'AST!'s 1987 Hardcore Thrash Lickshot 'BLOOD!' Mixed by Dave Grohl". Spin.