The Undead

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The Undead
Origin New York, NY
Genres Horror punk, punk rock, hardcore punk
Years active 1980–present
Labels Stiff, Post Mortem
Associated acts Misfits
Members Bobby Steele
(See #Lineups)
Past members (See #Lineups)

The Undead is an American horror punk band formed in 1980 in the East Village, New York City by Bobby Steele (vocals and guitar), Chris "Jack" Natz (bass) and Patrick Blanck (drums). They were one of the pioneers in the New York hardcore scene.

History[edit]

The Undead live in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000

Steele (then of the Misfits) and Natz had been playing with drummer Richie Matalia as a side project called the Skabs. When Matalia departed and Steele was fired from his main band the Misfits, the trio of Steele, Natz and Blanck formed the Undead in October 1980.[1]

In June 1982, the Undead released their first EP, 9 Toes Later, and were featured on the ROIR New York Thrash compilation. A few months later Natz and Blanck left the band; Natz later played in Virus, the Blacksnakes and Cop Shoot Cop. They were replaced by Brian "Payne" Aliano on bass and Bobby Savage on drums, and this lineup released the "Verbal Abuse" single in 1983. Steve Zing (of Mourning Noise and later Samhain) then took over as drummer. Between 1983 and 1986, Aliano and Zing performed with the band intermittently, while many other musicians played in the Undead for short periods. Aliano and Zing finally quit the band in December 1986. Later full-length studio albums included Act Your Rage (1989), Til Death (1998) and Dawn of the Undead (1991).

Former drummer Blanck (who later played in the bands Damage, Virus and the Blacksnakes) died on January 2, 2001 in a diving accident in the Dominican Republic. Ex-bassist Roxy Michaels died in 2005.

The Undead went on hiatus from live performance between late 2002 and early 2006.

The Undead returned to the music scene in 2006 with a lineup of Steele on guitar and vocals, Joel Gausten on drums and Joff Wilson on bass. They played CBGB on Saint Patrick's Day (also Steele's 50th birthday) as well as a free show at Tompkins Square Park in June of that year. September 2006 saw the remastered rerelease of Dawn of the Undead. Band profits were used to fund Steele's lawsuit against his landlord who allegedly ignored his demands to fix weather-related water damage to Steele's apartment. Wilson left the band in July 2007, and Gausten in September 2008 (the latter became involved in the experimental project Effectionhate).

The Undead recorded their own full-album cover version of the infamous "lost" Misfits album, 12 Hits from Hell, and made the recording available as a stream on the band's website on October 31, 2007. This release was quickly followed by a new single, a cover of the Misfits' "Halloween", on Germany's No Balls Records.

Steele released a solo album called Bobby in 2009. He reformed the Undead again in late 2012 with Paul Mauled (bass), Serial Bill Gotta (drums) (of the Bad Whoremoans) and Diana Steele (keys and vocals). In 2015, Boris was recruited to play drums. The band released the album "The Morgue... The Merrier" in October 2015. In 2016, Ryan Switzer (bass and vocals) and Joe Stoker (drums) joined the band. By May 2017, the band's lineup had changed to include bassists Jason Fresta and Johnny James Gatyas, replacing Switzer.[2][3] On October 3, 2017, the Undead released the Having an Undead Summer EP.[4][5]

Releases[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Never Say Die - LP (1986); cassette (1987)
  • Act Your Rage - LP, cassette (1989)
  • Dawn of the Undead - LP, CD, cassette (1991); remastered CD (2006)
  • Live Slayer - LP, CD, cassette (1992)
  • The Undead - Cassette (1995)
  • Til Death - LP, CD (1998)
  • Still the Undead After All These Years - CD, LP (2007)
  • 12 Hits from Hell - Uncovered - digital-only (2007)
  • Bobby (aka Bobby Steele) - LP, CD (2009)
  • The Morgue... The Merrier - LP, CD (2015)

EPs[edit]

  • 9 Toes Later - 7" EP (1982)
  • Evening of Desire - 12" EP (1992)
  • Times Square - split 7" EP (2000)
  • Third World USA - 7" EP (2002)
  • Rock 'N' Roll Whore - 7" EP (2002)
  • Be My Ghoul Tonight - 7" EP (2003)
  • I Made a Monster - 7"/CD EP (2009)
  • Having an Undead Summer - 7"/CD EP (2017)

Singles[edit]

  • "Verbal Abuse" - 7" single (1983)
  • "Never Say Die" - 7" single (1985)
  • "Invisible Man" - 7" single (1992)
  • "Evening of Desire" - 12" single (1992)
  • "There's a Riot in Tompkins Square" - 7" single (1993)
  • "Halloween" - 7" single (2007)

Lineups[edit]

Current lineup

  • Bobby Steele - guitar, vocals, bass (1980-present)
  • Diana Steele - keyboards, vocals, guitar (2014-present)
  • Joe Stoker - drums (2016-present)
  • Tristian Michael- bass, vocals (2018-present)
  • Jason Fresta - bass, vocals (2017-present)



Former members

Guitarists

Bassists

  • Chris “Jack” Natz (1980–1982)
  • Brian "Payne" Aliano (on and off between 1982–1986)
  • John Fiore (1986)
  • West Rocker (1987, 1988)
  • Pete Lisa (1987)
  • Tim Taylor (1988–1990)
  • Rich Pressley (1990)
  • Jim Joyce (1990–1992)
  • Phil Portuesi (1993)
  • Brian (1993)
  • Anthony D'Amico (1993–1995)
  • Jay Von Hack (1996)
  • Will Harper (1997, 1998)
  • Danny Duke (Mr. D) (1998)
  • Ian Lawrence (on and off between 1998–2000)
  • Rahne Pistor (on and off between 1998–1999)
  • Bryce Bernius (on and off between 2000–2006)
  • Roxy Michaels (2002)
  • J~Sin Trioxin (2002)
  • Argyle Goolsby (2002)
  • Joff Wilson (2006–2007)
  • Hiromu C Yanagiya (2008–2011)
  • Zombie Alex Kopec (2010-2011)
  • Paul Mauled (2007, 2012-2016)
  • Ryan Rattcliff (2016-2017)
  • Johnny James Gatyas (2017-2018)

Drummers

  • Patrick Blanck (1980–1982)
  • Bobby Savage (1982–1983)
  • Steve Zing (on and off between 1983–1986)
  • Rich Matalian (1986)
  • Stacey Morris (1987)
  • Tony DiLeo (1988–1989)
  • Eddie Enzyme (1989–1990)
  • Steve Sloppy (1990, see Sloppy Seconds)
  • Joe Darone (1990–1992)
  • Jeff O'Hara (1993, 1993–1994)
  • Ratty (1993)
  • John Rosado (1994–1995)
  • Atom Cheeze (1996)
  • Mormo Stinkbat (1997, 1998)
  • Sébastien DeChamplain (1998)
  • Gram Slam (on and off between 1998–1999)
  • James "Jaw" Alexander (1999–2000)
  • Joey Image (2000–2002)
  • Angel Bartolotta (2001)
  • Joel Gausten (1998–1999, 2002, 2006–2008)
  • Hitomi (2008–2010)
  • Serial Bill Gotta (2010-2015)
  • Boris (2015-2016, 2017)

References[edit]

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