Pissing Razors

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pissing Razors
Origin El Paso, Texas, USA
Genres Groove metal
Years active 1996–2004, 2014–present
Labels Noise Records
Past members Danny Garcia
Mat Lynch
Joe Rodriguez
Cesar Soto
Jason Bragg
Matt Difabio

Pissing Razors is an American groove metal band originally formed in 1996 and disbanded in 2004. They reunited in December 2014.

Biography[edit]

PISSING RAZORS is an American groove-based heavy metal band that was formed by brothers Eddy & Danny Garcia along with Mat Lynch and vocalist Dave 'Loco Pelon' McNutt in the early 1990s as an answer to the boom in standard popular mainstream music at the time. The initial focus of the project was to create a cross-platform of elements to bridge 'Punk' ideals and messages with the hardcore musical aspects of high energy underground 'Metal' that listeners could still groove to and connect with. As part of their nightly show, the Garcia's and Lynch would trade instruments during their show to reflect the flexibility and cohesiveness of their bond and talents while Loco Pelon ignited the stage(literally) with his brand of chaotic showmanship. With this formula, the group classified themselves as 'Psycho, Punko, Metal Groove', a popular term the band still describes and associates themselves with years later… After a couple of years of gaining considerable notoriety throughout the desert Southwest for their explosive shows, 'Loco Pelon' stepped away from fronting the band for personal reasons and Joe Rodriguez was brought on. Rodriguez time spent fronting the El Paso metal group CAGE made him the clearcut choice as replacement for McNutt. A short time later, drummer/bassist Danny decided to step away from the group and move from El Paso, TX to New York City, NY to pursue furthering his career. Eddy took this opportunity to switch from playing lead guitar to drums while Mat Lynch then moved from bass to lead guitar and solidified their positions within the group. This left the band looking for a new bassist. Rick Valles, a long time guitarist who was part of CAGE with Rodriguez was then hired as the new bass player. His technique and showmanship were perfect for what PR was looking for. Rachel Martinez, a close friend and fellow El Pasoan, was hired on as manager and immediately started routing the group's touring cycle from Texas to Los Angeles once a month to promote their self funded and produced CD 'Psycho Punko Metal Groove' (Independent, 1996). In 1997, while on a bill supporting Southern California area band SNOT in Los Angeles, PISSING RAZORS was discovered by A&R rep Chris Roberts for German/Los Angeles-based Noise/Modern Music Records who was initially there to scout for other LA acts. PISSING RAZORS was subsequently signed to the label and released their break-out self-titled CD the following year, PISSING RAZORS (Noise Records/1998) which was recorded at famed Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas with British master-mind producer Andy Sneap(Megadeth, Testament, Accept). . Immediately following the release of their first effort, the band toured non-stop throughout the States and Europe with such legendary acts as “Pro-pain”, Cannible Corpse, Six Feet Under, Hatebreed and Anthrax to name a few. Reviews for the group's material and live performances were strong and the fan base grew exponentially as their tours carried on. The following year and without hesitating for a break, the band would return to the studio with Sneap as producer yet again, but sessions for the follow-up to the self-titled were set in Celle, Germany at Area 51 Studios outside Hamburg, Germany this time. Sophomore effort 'CAST DOWN THE PLAGUE' was a 13 song onslaught of groove and power that reflected the groups progression and distinction in its field as a top contender in the metal genre. Once again, reviews were strong from fans and critics alike and the band set their sights on the road to forge ahead again. As more touring amassed both stateside and abroad for the group, Lynch decidedly made the tough choice to step away from the group as the strain of absence from family grew too heavy. Cesar (Achmex) Soto immediately stepped in as the replacement guitarist for Lynch. In 2000, the band was asked to contribute a song for a PANTERA tribute album, entitled 'PANTHER: A TRIBUTE TO PANTERA' from Eclipse Records. They provided the opening track, Domination which was recorded in New Jersey at Billy Milano's 'Big Blue Meanie Studios'. Following their addition to the compilation for 'PANTHER', PISSING RAZORS returned yet again to Sonic Ranch Studios outside El Paso to track their third effort 'FIELDS OF DISBELIEF' with producer Sterling Winfield(PANTERA). Reviews continued positive and the group yet again embarked on more touring to support the effort and spread word on PISSING RAZORS along with some of metals strongest acts.

Later in 2000, singer Joe Rodriguez stepped away from the band as well due to his growing family and financial needs and was replaced by Jason 'Dewey' Bragg from California. In 2001, Rachel Martinez moved to New York City where she cut a deal and signed the band to Spitfire Records opening up the possibility to record and release the bands fourth effort 'WHERE WE COME FROM' (Spitfire Records, 2001). Not long after, Bragg left due to conflicting personalities on tour and was quickly replaced by a local vocalist from El Paso; Andre Acosta where they recorded 'LIVE IN THE DEVILS TRIANGLE' (Spitfire Records, 2002) titled after the nickname given to the area of town where Eddy Garcia grew up in and featured the band's actual touring RV on the cover. 2002 brought yet another line-up change when Cesar 'Achmex' Soto and was replaced by Matt Difabio, where the band recorded their final effort 'EVOLUTION'. (Spitfire Records, 2003). The group disbanded in the summer of 2004. After a considerable hiatus, PISSING RAZORS founding members Eddy Garcia, Mat Lynch and Joe Rodriguez began discussing plans to reunite and recapture elements of the groups early attack and approach to songwriting in December of 2014. With scheduling and a unity in vision lining up, PISSING RAZORS look to release new material sometime in late 2015. Writing is set to begin in February of 2015 and will see the first collaboration between the 3 original members in almost 15 years. The group plans to embark on various and select live dates after the completion of the new effort but does not look foreseeable to include the return of bassist Rick Valles whose family and career commitments are priority. Sadly, Dave 'Loco Pelon' McNutt quietly passed away in El Paso in the fall of 2013…

Band members[edit]

Final members[edit]

  • Eddy Garcia – Drums
  • Joe Rodriguez-Vocals
  • Mat Lynch-Guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Danny Garcia – drums (1994–1996)
  • Cesar Soto – guitar (1999–2002)
  • Jason Bragg – vocals (2000–2001)
  • Andre Acosta – vocals (2001–2004)
  • Matt Difabio – guitar (2002–2004)
  • Rick Valles-bass (1996-2004)

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Psycho Punko Metal Groove (Independent, 1996)
  • Pissing Razors (Noise Records, 1998)
  • Cast Down the Plague (Noise Records, 1999)
  • Fields of Disbelief (Noise Records, 2000)
  • Where We Come From (Spitfire Records, 2001)
  • Evolution (Spitfire Records, 2003)

Live Albums[edit]

  • Live in the Devil's Triangle (Spitfire Records, 2002)

External links[edit]