Black President (band)

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Black President
Black President @ The Warped Tour.jpg
Martucci (left) and Paulson (right) performing with Black President
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresPunk rock, hardcore punk
Years active2005–present
LabelsCobra Music
Associated actsBad Religion, Circle Jerks, Goldfinger, Guttermouth, The Strychnine Babies, Dee Dee Ramone, Bullets and Octane, Soulfly, Nausea, Stone Sour, The Chelsea Smiles, Amebix, Unwritten Law, Lagwagon, Rich Kids on LSD, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
MembersChristian Martucci
Charlie Paulson
Jason Christopher
Dave Raun
Past membersGreg Hetson
Wade Youman
Ty Smith
Pat "PK" Kim
Roy Mayorga

Black President is an American punk rock band. It was formed in 2005 by Circle Jerks/Bad Religion guitarist Greg Hetson and Goldfinger guitarist Charlie Paulson.


The band was originally formed in late 2005 by Hetson and Paulson, who were joined by Jason Christopher (New Dead Radio) on bass and vocals, Roy Mayorga (Nausea) on drums, and Christian Martucci (The Strychnine Babies, Dee Dee Ramone) on vocals. Mayorga was unable to commit to the band due to previous commitments with Stone Sour. He was temporarily replaced by Wade Youman (Unwritten Law), and later by Ty Smith (Guttermouth, Bullets and Octane). Mayorga returned in time to record the debut album and has been permanently replaced by Dave Raun of Lagwagon.[1][2]

Since forming, the band has toured with Bad Brains, Guttermouth, the Germs, Suicidal Tendencies, and The Bouncing Souls and performed stints on the 2008 Warped Tour as well as Riot Fest 2008.

On February 25, 2008, the band announced they had signed a deal with Cobra Music.[3] At the time of the announcement, Hetson had left the band. Other members of the band cited Hetson's conflicting commitments with Bad Religion and Circle Jerks as the reason for his departure. Guitar duties were picked up by Martucci, reducing the quintet to a four-piece.

Their self-titled debut album was released September 16, 2008. The band also filmed a video for the song "Suspects."[4] According to a MySpace blog post titled "in the war room," the band recorded 14 songs total: "12 originals, an alice cooper cover & a surprise track to be released early next year."

Band name[edit]

The band came up with the name before Barack Obama had announced his 2008 run for the United States presidency. The band addressed the name in a March 2008 MySpace blog post titled "our name & barack obama" [sic]:

Excerpts from the blog post were quoted in an article on Barack Obama in the Washington Post in which the band was mentioned.[5]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members



  1. ^ "Greg Hetson, Charlie Paulson form Black President." November 6, 2006.
  2. ^ Pfeiffer, John (April 15, 2009). "Shoreworld: Deena Shoshkes, Black President and Bouncing Souls". The Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Black President signs to Cobra Music." February 25, 2008.
  4. ^ "Black President post video, new tracks, release date." August 20, 2008.
  5. ^ "Two Words With a Ring Of Possibility." Washington Post. June 4, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2008.

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