Dag Nasty

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Dag Nasty
OriginWashington D.C., United States
GenresMelodic hardcore,[1] emo, post-hardcore
Years active1985-1986, 1987–1988, 1992, 2002,[2] 2012,[3] 2015–present[4]
LabelsRevelation, Epitaph, Giant, Dischord
Associated actsMinor Threat, Bad Religion, All, Down By Law, Bloody Mannequin Orchestra, DYS, Jesuseater
MembersShawn Brown
Brian Baker
Roger Marbury
Colin Sears
Past membersPeter Cortner
Dave Smalley
Doug Carrion
Scott Garrett
London May

Dag Nasty is an American punk rock[5][6] band from Washington D.C., formed in 1985 by guitarist Brian Baker of Minor Threat, drummer Colin Sears and bassist Roger Marbury, both of Bloody Mannequin Orchestra, and vocalist Shawn Brown (later of Swiz and Jesuseater).[2] Their style of less aggressive, melodic hardcore was influential to post-hardcore;[7] their sound was partly influenced by The Faith and their 1983 EP Subject to Change. Brian Baker said in “Filmage”, the documentary about Descendents, that he started Dag Nasty as a direct inspiration from them.[8]


Shawn Brown was the first vocalist with whom the band recorded unreleased versions of most of the material that later made up their first release Can I Say, which featured former roadie and new singer Dave Smalley of DYS.[2][7] Dave left the band to attend grad school at New York University before a summer tour with The Descendents. A new singer, Peter Cortner, was found after the band placed an ad in a local paper and the tour was kept.[7] After touring half the US opening for The Descendents, the band went home and recorded new material that wasn't released until years later. After a few more local shows, the band broke up in the fall of 1986. Brian went to L.A. to start a new band with Doug Carrion and half of Doggy Style called Doggie Rock. After releasing one album under the Doggie Style name, Doggie Rock broke up and Brian reformed Dag Nasty in early 1987 with Peter, Colin and Doug replacing Roger Marbury, who declined to rejoin. Months later, the band recorded and released Wig Out at Denko's, including rerecorded versions of the late 86' tape and new material.

1988 saw the release of their album Field Day on Giant Records which was distributed by Dutch East India. It was an ambitious album, often generating sharply polarised appraisals from fans: many hated it and many loved it. Field Day attempted to blend pop melodies with hardcore and metal riffs even further than previously attempted on Wig Out. The result was, at times, uneven but helped to usher in a new style of hardcore with more controlled playing, guitar effects, acoustic elements and slower tempos. The band split up shortly after touring for Field Day ended.

In 1992, Dag Nasty reformed with Smalley on vocals and released the album Four on the Floor. In 1991, Selfless Records had released 85-86, a collection of early, pre-Can I Say recordings.

In 2002 the band got back together, again with Smalley on the mic, returning the band to a hardcore sound. The result of this reunion was the album Minority of One. To this day they still release records, though Dag Nasty remains more of a side project for its members than a full-time active band. Cortner, who has not been involved with the band directly for years, completed his education as a lawyer, practiced law and recently became a schoolteacher. While strictly as a personal hobby now, Cortner has continued to make music under the names GPFA and, more recently, in a collaboration with Philadelphia area musicians entitled The Gerunds. He and Doug Carrion also have a project called Field Day where they perform songs from Cortner's era of Dag Nasty records. Sears went on to play in The Marshes and later after moving to Portland, Oregon for Handgun Bravado and The Valley Floor. He also works as a city planner for the Portland Development Commission. The other members of the band have remained involved in music.

Baker joined Bad Religion after Brett Gurewitz left to focus on his own record label (Epitaph Records) and continued to play in the band when Gurewitz rejoined.

In 2009 Brian Baker said he wanted to make a new Dag Nasty record with Peter Cortner. "We want to do another record with Peter singing at some point and that will be the next one we do. I've spoken with Colin and Roger and they want to do it with Peter next time. Maybe a year from now, who knows? Whenever people are available. The one thing about Peter is that he's a really good lyricist. That's always been his strong point"[9]

In October 2012 Dag Nasty announced a reunion show in Washington DC with their original singer, Shawn Brown. On December 28, 2012 the original Dag Nasty line up played the Black Cat in support of the upcoming documentary "Salad Days: The DC Punk Revolution". The bill also featured Government Issue, another Washington DC punk reunion.

The group was reformed again in 2015. It was announced that year on May 30, 2016, Dag Nasty will tour Europe in the spring of 2016 and play the Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival in Las Vegas, and on June 11 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.[10] A new 7 inch single will be released on Dischord Records in May 2016.[11]









  • Dag with Shawn LP/CD (Dischord Records, 2010) - recorded in 1985, features songs from first album with Brown on vocals[12]

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  1. ^ Kraus, Brian (22 June 2014). "16 Modern Precursors Of Melodic Hardcore". Alternative Press. Retrieved 27 April 2015. We're not talking about the obvious keystones (Descendents, Rites Of Spring, Dag Nasty, Lifetime, Embrace)...
  2. ^ a b c Erlewine, Thomas. "Dag Nasty". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Daghouse: The Official Dag Nasty Website". Daghouse. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  4. ^ Karol Kamiński (2015-06-01). "The original lineup of DAG NASTY reunites!". Idioteq.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  5. ^ Blush, Steven (2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History. New York: Feral House. p. 157. ISBN 0-922915-71-7. During the 'Revolution Summer' of '85 many harDCore types reinvented themselves. 'Emo,' for emotional post-Hardcore, described the move to softer, more emotive music, embodied in Ian [MacKaye]'s project Embrace, Brian Baker's Dag Nasty, Thomas Squip's Beefeater, Kingface with Mark Sullivan, Bobby Sullivan's Lunchmeat, and Rites of Spring with Guy Picciotto and Eddie Janney.
  6. ^ Greenwald, p. 14. "Ian Mackaye was such a huge Rites of Spring fan that he not only recorded what was to be the band's only album in 1985 and served as a roadie for them while on tour, but his own new band, Embrace, explored similar themes of self-searching and emotional release. Other peers followed suit, including Grey Matter, the archly political and arty Beefeater, and Fire Party, whom Jenny [Toomey] termed 'the world's first female-fronted emo band.'"
  7. ^ a b c Cogan, Brian (2008). The Encyclopedia of Punk. Sterling. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-1-4027-5960-4.
  8. ^ "Subject to Change 12" EP". Kill from the Heart. Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  9. ^ Lynch, Mickey. "Brian Baker (Bad Religion) interviewed". Olympus Audio Blog. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival". punkrockbowling.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  11. ^ "Dischord Records: Dag Nasty "Cold Heart" 7" out May 20". Dischord Records. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Dag With Shawn, by Dag Nasty". Dag Nasty. Retrieved 2021-05-08.

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