Blast (American band)

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This article is about the band BL'AST!. For American Broadway musical, see Blast! (musical). For other uses, see Blast (disambiguation).
Origin Santa Cruz, California
Genres Hardcore punk
Labels SST, Green World, Southern Lord, Rise
Past members

Blast (stylized as Bl'ast!) is a hardcore punk band formed in 1983 in Santa Cruz, California.


Blast released their first album, The Power of Expression, in 1986. 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. Blast caught the attention of SST Records, who signed them or their next release, 1987's It's in My Blood. 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 and Santa Cruz Skateboards began shared videos and merchandise 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, released in 1989.

In the early 1990s Blast took a break. Neider and Torgerson began Blackout, releasing one 7-inch under that name, and then LAB, who put out a 7-inch EP and a four-song CD and continued into the late 1990s, 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. In 2001, Blast reunited for shows on the West Coast of the United States.

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 bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo to a new Blast lineup, with plans to tour and record new material.


  • The Power of Expression (1986)
  • It's in My Blood (1987)
  • Take The Manic Ride (1989)
  • Blood! (2013)
  • The Expression of Power (2014)
  • For Those Whov'e Graced the Fire (2015)


External links[edit]

Official website