Man Is the Bastard

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Man Is the Bastard
Also known as Charred Remains
Origin Claremont, California, United States
Genres Powerviolence, hardcore punk, noise rock
Years active 1990–1997
Past members Henry Barnes
Andy Beattie
Joel Connell
Aaron Kenyon
Isreal Lawrence
Bill Nelson
Eric Wood

Man Is the Bastard was an American hardcore punk band based in Claremont, California. The band existed from 1990 to 1997, releasing many vinyl records on obscure labels from around the world.


Artistically most of their releases had a similar design, with their trademark skull on both sides of the words Man Is The Bastard with the release title underneath in quotations. Frequently the liner notes would be just as simplistic. When they did have artwork it was often stark and brutal with a barebones layout.

Man Is the Bastard has dissolved but its members are involved with a number of other projects. Wood occasionally performs in the Los Angeles area as Bastard Noise. Kenyon and Connel continue to perform in progressive rock acts such as Frank Booth Youth, Bastard Lounge, Controlling Hand, Lux Nova Umbra Est, and Umbra Vita.

Political message[edit]

Man Is the Bastard's lyrical violence was balanced by their adamant advocacy of progressive ideals. This record of political activism resulted in their most widely available album, 1997’s split LP with death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.


Original line-up[edit]

  • Eric Wood
  • Joel Connell
  • Henry Barnes
  • Aaron Kenyon

Later members[edit]

  • Bill Nelson
  • Andrew Beattie
  • Israel Lawrence


Unknown year of release

Compilation appearances[edit]

Unknown year of release


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