Blast (American band)

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BL'AST!!
Origin Santa Cruz,Los Angeles California
Genres Hardcore Punk Rock
Years active 1983 - 1991, 2001, 2013-Current
Labels SST Records, Green World, Southern Lord
Website http://www.blastofficial.com

Bl'ast (stylized as BL'AST!) is a California hardcore punk and rock band from Santa Cruz.

History[edit]

Iconic California heavy fusion act, BL’AST! has constructed a heavy timeless musical onslaught that stood on its own and has been proven with time . BL'AST! released three LP`S on SST Records. 1985-1989 BL'AST! released the 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 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.

Early 90`s BLAST! took a break and Mike & Bill began 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!, in 2001, played shows on the West Coast. They were also planning to record again, but the band decided not to before this materialized.

On September 3, 2013 Southern Lord and Dave Grohl released a remixed and remastered version of "It's In My Blood", entitled Blood![1] Following that release, original vocalist Clifford Dinsmore and guitarist Mike Neider recruited Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) on bass and drummer Joey Castillo (Wasted Youth,Sugar Tooth,Queens of the Stone Age,EODM) to a new Bl'ast lineup, with plans to tour and record new material.

Blast! Members
Origin Clifford Dinsmore
Mike Neider
Nick Oliveri
Joey Castillo

Original BL’AST! alumni, vocalist Clifford Dinsmore (also of Dusted Angel, Gargantula) and guitarist Mike Neider also of (L.A.B.) have collaborated w/ Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) on bass and drummer Joey Castillo ( Wasted Youth,Sugar Tooth,Queens of the Stoneage) to flesh out the brand new lineup. Having bashed out solid sets Live, 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.

BL`AST! has indeed started the machine for an onward and upward heavy musical onslaught for BL`AST! to continue their rage again & again.

Blast! Past Members
Origin Clifford Dinsmore
Mike Neider
Bill Torgerson
Dave Cooper
Kip Duvall
John Shuler
Ron Isa
Steve Stevens
Hoss Wright

BL'AST! other projects[edit]

In 1992 Torgerson and Neider continued playing w/ their band called L.A.B. who had played out through the 90`s and collaborated on a release w/ Santa Cruz Skateboards and released a 7" w/ Kyuss/Vista Chino/Brant Bjork on the record label It's Alive Records. Playing West Coast shows w/ Fu Manchu.

In 2008 Neider recorded with his band Gusto, featuring former Kyuss/Vista Chino member John Garcia.

In 2004, Dinsmore formed the Santa Cruz doom metal band Gargantula with guitarist Bill Blair, drummer Andrew LeGrande and bassist Josh Barnett. They released one album, Infinitasm.

Dinsmore joined the Santa Cruz stoner 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.

Albums[edit]

plus an EP – "School's Out", a cover of the Alice Cooper classic, backed with "Your Eyes" and a cover of "The Slave" by The Germs.

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