Pissing Razors

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Pissing Razors
Origin El Paso, Texas, USA
Genres Groove metal
Years active 1996–2004, 2014–present
Members Eddy Garcia
Mat Lynch
Joe Rodriguez
Geo Gomez
Past members Danny Garcia
Dave "Loco" McNutt
Rick Valles
Cesar Soto
Jason Bragg
Matt Difabio
Andre Acosta
Dave McNutt

Pissing Razors is an American groove metal band originally formed in 1996.

History[edit]

The band was started by brothers Eddy & Danny Garcia in the early 1990's and was originally named "Back Door Cyclops." They then changed their name after a coined phrase thought up by the original vocalist, Dave McNutt, after he contracted "the clap" and described the pain.

In the late 1990s, McNutt quit and Joe Rodriguez was brought on. A short time later, drummer Danny Garcia decided to move from El Paso, TX to New York City, New York. E. Garcia took this opportunity to switch from playing guitar to drums while Matt Lynch then moved from bass to guitar. This left the band looking for a new bassist. Rick Valles, a long time guitarist who used to be part of another project with Joe Rodriguez was then hired as the new bassist. This line-up proved to be progressive as the four began to work on new material.

In 1997, after submitting countless demos to record labels across the US, the band was signed to German/Los Angeles-based Noise Records and released their self-titled CD the following year. Five more albums were released in the band's four-year existence and the band got the opportunity to participate in several festivals and shows across the world. In 2000, the band was asked to contribute a song for a Pantera tribute album, entitled "Panther: A Tribute To Pantera" from Eclipse Records. They provided the opening track, "Domination". Shortly after their first major tour, Mat Lynch decided to depart the band as the toll of being away from his wife and child grew heavy. The band would recruit then-guitar tech for Lynch, Cesar "Achmex" Soto into his place. This only made sense, as Soto was already familiar with the material and was open to extended time away from home. The band continued writing material for the "Fields Of Disbelief" album where Soto’s classical style contributed to the now modified sound of the band. Later in 2000, singer Joe Rodriguez quit the band as well, due to his growing family and financial needs. The band at this point were still proving their worth to the label and were not generating much income. Joe was replaced by Jason "Dewey" Bragg from California who again was from another unsigned band. Bragg who only recorded on the 2001 album "Where We Come From", left shortly afterwards due to conflicting personalities that were not discovered until they were on the "Where We Come From" tour. Jason Bragg was quickly replaced by a local vocalist from El Paso; Andre Acosta who had not worked with any signed bands in addition to not having any touring experience. Some say this was a missed opportunity to hire a seasoned member who could help level off the group’s lineup changes while providing insight to the music business. By this time, the band had gained some traction and could attract talent from other bands on the same level. Andre's studio test and first contribution to the band would be the live album "Live in the Devil's Triangle", titled after the nickname given to the area of town where Eddie Garcia grew up in and featured the band's actual touring RV on the cover. Despite the recording being marketed as a live performance, the recording was done in the same studio that the first unsigned release was recorded in with a few close friends providing the live crowd.

2002 brought yet another detrimental line-up change when Cesar "Achmex" Soto abruptly quit the band in October due to financial issues with the founding members. The band was still not generating enough income to support the members. Most of the other members were working part time/seasonal jobs when not on tour and choosing to use the income from the band to pay for supplies and hotels while on tour. Cesar contacted the widely popular at the time Roadrunner Records site; Blabbermouth.net to publicly announce his departure even though he was asked to keep it under wraps as the other members figured out the bands next step. Shortly after, it was announced on the same site that he had joined fellow ex-members of the band; Matt Lynch and Joe Rodriguez in a new unsigned and short lived project titled "Fueled II Fire" (F2F). F2F allowed the members to take a step backwards and bring back their personal lives as priority while still making music and earn regular income. Before the end of the year, founding members; Eddy and Rick contracted Matt Difabio, from Langhorne, PA as Soto's replacement. Difabio, although an experienced musician, was also involved in leading an unsigned band of his own as well as his own small business. Needless to say, Pissing Razors served as an opportunity to bring attention to Difabio and his main project if nothing else was gained. Difabio & Acosta contributed to the 2003 "Evolution" CD. The band then followed the release with a short tour that confirmed their 15 minutes were up as each show only sold a fraction of the tickets they had sold only a year ago. In 2004, Pissing Razors quietly disbanded following the less than enthusiastic response of the band's final record "Evolution".

Some blame the constant lineup changes, bad management and the lack of contracted talent that would take the music seriously ultimately contributed to their down fall.

In 2014, Pissing Razors announced their (unsigned) return after disbanding exactly 10 years earlier. Despite the fact that the return brought Eddie, Matt, and Joe together, Rick Valles decided to not participate on this project and thus they were forced to start in the same manner they left off in 2004, with new and inexperienced talent. Since the re-launch, the band has not produced any new material and has only done a few short term tours. 2017 brought no new activity from the band.


2014 Line-Up[edit]

  • Eddy Garcia – drums (1996-2004, 2014-2015), guitars (1994-1996)
  • Matt Lynch - guitars (1997-1999, 2014-2015), bass (1994-1997)
  • Joe Rodriguez - vocals (1995-2000, 2014-2015)
  • Geo Gomez - bass (2015-2015)

Former Members[edit]

  • Dave McNutt - vocals (1994)
  • Danny Garcia – drums (1994–1996)
  • Cesar Soto – guitars (1999–2002)
  • Jason Bragg – vocals (2000–2001)
  • Andre Acosta – vocals (2001–2004)
  • Matt Difabio – guitars (2002–2004)
  • Rick Valles - bass (1996-2004)

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Psycho Punko Metal Groove (Independent, 1996)
  • Pissing Razors (Noise Records, 1998)
  • Cast Down the Plague (Noise Records, 1999)
  • Fields of Disbelief (Noise Records, 2000)
  • Where We Come From (Spitfire Records, 2001)
  • Evolution (Spitfire Records, 2003)

Live Albums[edit]

  • Live in the Devil's Triangle (Spitfire Records, 2002)

External links[edit]