Guyana Punch Line

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Guyana Punch Line
Origin Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Genres Hardcore punk, thrashcore, powerviolence[1]
Years active 1998–2003
Labels Prank, Coalition, When Humans Attack, X-Mas
Associated acts In/Humanity, .fuckingcom, Antischism, Anakrid, Thank God, Confederacy Fagg, Anakrid
Past members Chris Bickel
Kevin Byrd
Troy Thames
Matt Thompson
Drew Wallace

Guyana Punch Line was an American hardcore punk band from Columbia, South Carolina that existed from 1998 until 2003.


Guyana Punch Line was formed of members who had previously played in In/Humanity, Antischism and .fuckingcom. Evolving past In/Humanity's tongue-in-cheek professed "emo violence" genre[2] and lyrical jabs, Guyana Punch Line worked to bring Chris Bickel's "Smashism" ideals to the masses through heavy, hard confusion music. The band embarked on what they called a "campaign to scare the hell out of middle America", including an infamous "Walk for Smashism" parade. The band name is a pun on the notorious Jonestown incident.[3]

The band has since been defunct after the release of Direkt Aktion, with members going on to form and/or work on bands such as Confederate Fagg.[4][5] Vocalist Chris Bickel would go on to work for the Nickelodeon Theater.[6]

Band members[edit]

  • Chris Bickel - vocals[7]
  • Kevin Byrd - guitar[7]
  • Troy Thames - drums[7]
  • Matt Thompson - bass[7]
  • Drew Wallace - bass (on Direkt Aktion)




  • Irritainment for the Masses 7" (2000 X-Mist Records)
  • Sounds for the New Youth Aesthetic 7" (2001 Coalition Records)
  • Null Transmission 7" (2002 When Humans Attack Records)


  1. ^ n/a (2004-09-21). "Guyana Punch Line - Direkt Aktion". Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  2. ^ n/a (2012-10-15). "Interview with Chris Bickel". Yellow Green Red. Retrieved 2017-04-28. 
  3. ^ Mason, Stewart. "". AllMusic Guide. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  4. ^ n/a (2012-07-23). "Chris Bickel: Columbia's Dark Lord?". Jasper. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  5. ^ Bateman (2012-10-08), Scott. "God Save Chris Bickel". The Free Times. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  6. ^ n/a (2017-03-22). "Interview with Chris Bickel". Indie Grits. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Hometown Rock – Guyana Punch Line". The State. 2003-09-05. p. E12. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  8. ^ Miller, Michael (2002-05-31). "Local Buzz – Tune in to Thrash Punk Band". The State. p. E10. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 

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