|Genres||Punk rock, street punk|
Independant.Formerly on Sailors Grave, Hellcat, Beer City, Outsider, TKO, Disaster, Vinyl Dog, Alive Records
Wade Walston-bass/backing vocalsChip Hanna-drums/backing vocals
U.S. Bombs are an American punk rock band, formed in 1993 in Orange County, CA. U.S. Bombs consist of vocalist Duane Peters, guitarist Kerry Martinez, bass guitarist Wade Walston and drummer Chip Hanna. Throughout most of the band's career they have played with 2 guitarists, most recently with Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham, however with Jonny Two Bags committed as the 2nd guitarist for Social Distortion the latest appearances have only been as a 4 piece the way the band started. The U.S. Bombs play '77 style street punk heavily influenced by bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and The Sex Pistols.
In '93 Duane Peters left The Exploding Fuck Dolls and teamed up with longtime friend Kerry Martinez to start a new band called U.S. Bombs. The Bombs first release was a double 7" called "Scouts of America" released in 1994 on Vinyl Dog Records with Duane Peters on vocals, Kerry Martinez on guitar, Steve Reynolds on bass and Benny Rapp III on drums. Next they released their first full length "Put Strength in the Final Blow". The re-release of their first album contains the 4 songs from "Scouts of America".
After a few different lineup changes in their early years they settled into Peters, Martinez, Reynolds, Chuck Briggs (of the Dischords) on guitar and Alex Gomez on drums. In 1996 they released their second album "Garibaldi Guard" on Alive Records. The next year they put out an EP called "Nevermind the Opened Minds...Here's the U.S. Bombs", it originally had 6 songs but all re-releases of this album have included 4 tracks from self-titled promo CD they recorded before their 2nd album. The Bombs continued to tour to support their music and began to grow a loyal fan base where ever they played. U.S. Bombs live shows were gaining recognition from the on stage antics of Duane and his band mates along with the catchy and traditional 1977 sound that true punk fans hadn't heard a lot of in the last decade.
In '97 due to touring commitments the rhythm section of the band was replaced with Wade Walston on bass and Chip Hanna on drums. This year the Bombs released a 10" picture disc on Outsider Records, the B side with a new version of The Way it Ends a song that was released on their first album, the A side with Jaks, a song that would become the bands biggest hit and most often played live song. Next they were picked up as the first band on Tim Armstrong's new Epitaph affiliate Hellcat Records for a 4 record deal. The first album on Hellcat was "War Birth" which would become the bands most famous and well heard album all over the world. It is even rumored that Joey Ramone had "War Birth" on his turntable when he died.
Unfortunately due to a serious illness that was killing him and would eventually take his life, longtime guitarist Chuck Briggs was unable to record the bands 4th full length "The World". Briggs was replaced by Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham, formerly of Youth Brigade and The Cadillac Tramps. "The World" was released in 1999, and when the Bombs returned from a European tour, tensions were high among the band mates due to basically living on the road together the last 5 years and Duane left to form Duane Peters and the Hunns.
During the constant touring and album recording the U.S. Bombs developed a relationship with Beer City Records/Skateboards based in Milwaukee and released three 7" records with them. In 1997 they released "Outtakes from a Beer City Basement" which had two exclusive songs that can only be found on this recording, Hot Seat (an Empire cover) and Rejected (a song originally recorded by Duane's early 80's band Political Crap), it also had a new recording of the song Bubble Gum originally released on their first album. Next was a split with The Bristles, the Bombs did a cover of the Radio Birdman song Breaks My Heart. The third Beer City release was called "The Great Lakes of Beer" in 2001 and had two exclusive songs, The Great Lakes of Beer and The Critic!, both written on the road and recorded live/drunk. To support "The World", the U.S. Bombs also released a 7" on TKO records based in San Francisco for Hobroken Dreams which had an exclusive song The Captain on the B side.
Duane left the band to start his new band Duane Peters and the Hunns. After a few releases and some touring, in 2001 he had to return to the studio with the U.S. Bombs as they were still under contract to make 2 more records with Hellcat. Duane, Kerry, Chip, and Wade went in and the result was "Back at the Laundromat". Their fifth full length named after the early years when the Bombs would set up their gear at the local laundromat and play until the cops broke it up, was very well received but would be the last album with veteran drummer Chip Hanna. In 2001 they played the Holidays in the Sun concert in San Francisco which would be recorded and released as a live CD as well as a DVD. Chip left the band and joined San Francisco trio One Man Army. With the help of Hellcat Records and relentless touring the U.S. Bombs had begun to make a place for themselves in punk rock history. They appeared on Premium Blend as the stage band during Jim Breuer's hosting stint, and contributed a track from Back at the Laundromat, "Yer Country", to the soundtrack for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
Duane Peters and the Hunns: Before Duane had to go back to the Bombs he was able to release a 7" "Not Gonna Pay", The Hunns debut album "Unite", and the follow-up album "Tickets to Heaven". Once Duane had finished contractual obligations for the Bombs with Hellcat he went right back to the studio with the Hunns and put out a split album with The Revolvers and a third full length "Wayward Bantums" in 2002.
Again it was time to return to the familiar and make another album for Hellcat Records. With Chip replaced by Jamie Reidling, and with new guitarist Curt Stich, Peters, Martinez, and Walston went back into the studio in 2003 to make the Bombs next full length "Covert Action." After the resulting tour the U.S. Bombs would take the longest break in the band's history, 10 years of constant touring and recording had left them needing a break to save the future of the band.
With the Bombs on a break Duane was able to concentrate on his new band. DP and the Hunns picked up new bassist/vocalist Corey Parks (formerly of Nashville Pussy) and changed their name to Die Hunns. They released 3 more albums, "Long Legs" in 2004, "Live Fast Die Hunns" recorded between 2004–2006, and "You Rot Me" in 2006. During this time Duane and Corey Parks were married and had a son named Clash Peters. After the release of "You Rot Me" in 2006, Die Hunns cancelled their US tour as both Duane and Corey were fighting longtime drug and alcohol addiction, and with a new son they felt leaving on tour would be not only bad for their own lives, but also their new son. This was the last time that the Hunns would be a full-time band, and since then they have periodically re-united with some of the original members to play some shows in the southern California area.
With Die Hunns on hold, in 2006 the U.S. Bombs went into the studio again to record their 7th full length album. With Peters, Martinez, Gove, Jaime Reidling and studio bassists they released "We Are The Problem" on Sailor's Grave Records. The following tour picked up One Man Army bassist Heiko Schrepel to rock the 4 string.
In 2005, as if the U.S. Bombs and the Die Hunns wasn't enough, Duane started another side project called "The Duane Peters Gunfight". They released a self-titled album and a couple 7"s. With the U.S. Bombs on a break after the "We are the Problem" tour and Die Hunns on hiatus DP had time to focus on the Gunfight, which resulted in touring where the band would play songs from all of Duane's previous bands. In 2009 the DP Gunfight released a second album "Checkmate", a tribute album to Duane's 21 year old son Chelsea who died in a car accident the previous year. They also released a tribute single called "Forever Chess" featuring songs from Checkmate, an acoustic version of U.S. Bombs song "Not Alright", and a song called "Skyway".
Aside from playing in 3 different bands in the 00's, Duane still managed to make time for his true passion of skateboarding. With a shoe release by Draven shoes and the US skate tour with Mike Vallely in 2010, and over 20 albums released by his multiple bands since the 80s Duane Peters is still one the most hard working skate punks in the world even at 50 years of age. The Bombs even managed to throw a tour in here and there in between all of the other activity.
2009 and 2010 saw 2 different European tours by the U.S. Bombs and a few shows in California. These shows have reunited the classic late 90's U.S. Bombs lineup of Duane, Kerry, Wade, Chip, and the ever changing rhythm guitar spot was filled by Jonny Two Bags again. Although, as second guitar for Social Distortion Jonny Two Bags was unable to participate in the 2010 European tour with the Bombs, leaving the very rare experience for US Bombs fans to see them perform as a 4 piece. 2010 also brought the inception of Duane's latest act The Great Unwashed.
Duane and Kerry as the only original members with their revived lineup have made it clear that they are not letting the US Bombs die any time soon.
In the summer of '11 the Bombs hit the road to Europe for a month long tour. Johnny 2 Bags was still with Social Distortion and Wade Walston was getting shoulder surgery, so they went as a 4 piece again and had a fill in bassist from Kerry's other band The Bad Luck Charms. Later in the summer they did a west coast tour with Wade back on bass, and then the band shifted back into a dormant state.
In the meantime while the world waited for Duane and Kerry to unleash the U.S. Bombs next explosion, Kerry had been playing and recording with his side project The Bad Luck Charms who released their latest full length "5ive" in 2012, and Duane released the debut album for The Great Unwashed called "Beautiful Tragedy" in spring 2012 on Black Vinyl Ltd Records.
Duane and Kerry began writing songs for a new Bombs record at Kerry's home in New York in October, 2012. In May 2013, the U.S. Bombs made their first appearance in almost two years with a short stint of shows in San Diego and Arizona and as one the main acts of the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas.
In the Fall/Winter of 2013, U.S. Bombs hit the road for another European tour with a few homecoming California shows scheduled at the end. It was announced via Facebook that the band would have a new full length album and a new 10" picture disc on sale at these shows. These new records have been done in true DIY punk rock fashion with no label connection, and can currently only be purchased directly from the band at their shows. The picture disc is called Death From Above and the full length is titled Generation Kennedy No More. The album contains a mix of 1 unreleased song, a few B-Sides released previously on compilations, and alternate versions of a handful of hits from the War Birth & The World era never heard till now. The picture disc contains the original version of "Jaks" that was released on the 1997 picture disc released on Outsider records and has since been out of print. On this original "Jaks" recording it is easier to understand the lyrics that Duane sings during the outro of the song, which can be hard to understand on the "War Birth" version. The b-side of the "Death From Above" pic disc is a alternate version of "Skater Dater" and a live recording of "Roll Around".
It had been rumored that U.S. Bombs would be doing a U.S. tour in 2014, which would have been the first in many years, other than short west coast runs. It has also been predicted by many that this potential tour would bring about the band's 8th full length record that Duane and Kerry started writing in 2012. However, unfortunate events that transpired in early 2014 have made the future of the Bombs very unclear.
Duane Peters was arrested in February 2014 for felony domestic violence charges against his girlfriend at their home on Long Beach, CA. Even though Duane has had a whirlwind life of highs and lows from skateboarding fame to being a bum on the streets with drug and alcohol addiction, to then punk rock stardom with U.S. Bombs and Die Hunns to then losing his son in a car accident, and then to finally getting sober and finding love again....even through all of this the news of domestic violence charges left all of his fans around the world wondering what is really going on as that was not a characteristic of Duane Peters that anyone had ever heard about.
A week later when Duane was released from jail, he was missed by family members by only a few minutes and then then went missing for over 2 days. It was then released that while in custody, they determined that Duane was suffering some type of mental breakdown or maybe even schizophrenic behavior which would explain his recent actions. Once the missing Duane Peters was found by his family he was placed into a hospital for treatment. While no other details have been released by Duane's family as to the severity of his mental condition or health, the few details that people have been able to piece together on the internet point to things not being very good in the Duane Peters camp.
Until more details of his condition are confirmed the world will have to just hope for the best and that Duane can get whatever help is needed to be healthy again. For now it seems like U.S. Bombs will have to be on an indefinite hiatus, and depending on how the situation with their front-man plays out, it is possible we have seen the end of the U.S. Bombs run as an active band.
- Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham
- Curt Gove
- Jamie Reidling
- Alex Gomez
- Steve Reynolds
- Chuck Briggs
- Heiko Schrepel
- Jack Dalrymple
- Nate Shaw
- Andy Dahill
- Zander Schloss
- Charley Marshall
- Ace Von Johnson (2008)
- Nate Sponsler
- Benny Rapp III
- Put Strength in the Final Blow -vinyl-only (1994, Vinyl Dog records)
- Garibaldi Guard! (1996, Alive Records)
- Never Mind the Opened Minds (Jan. 1997, Alive Records)
- War Birth (Sept. 1997, Hell-Cat Records)
- The World (June 1999, Hell-Cat Records)
- Put Strength in the Final Blow C.D. (September 1999)
- Back at the Laundromat (March 2001, Hell-Cat Records)
- Covert Action (March 2003, Hell-Cat Records)
- Put Strength in the Final Blow: The Disaster Edition (July 2003, Disaster Records)
- We Are the Problem (April 2006, Sailor's Grave Records ; August 2006, Enemy No. 1 Records (Brazil))
- Generation Kennedy No More 2013
- Scouts of America (EP) double 7" (1994, Vinyl Dog Records)
- U.S. Bombs (EP) (Jan. 1996, Alive Records)
- Jaks/The Way It Ends 10" picture disc (Outsider records 1997)
- Outtakes From a Beer City Basement 7" (1997, Beer City Records)
- U.S. Bombs/The Bristles split 7" (1998, Beer City Records)
- Great Lakes of Beer 7" (Beer City Records)
- Hobroken Dreams 7" (1999, TKO)
- Tora Tora Tora!/Yer Country 7" (TKO records March, 2001)
- Art Kills/Framed 7" (TKO records April 2003)
- We Are the Problem/Heartbreak Motel 7" (Sailor's Grave Records)
- Death From Above (10" picture disc 2013)
- Lost In America: Live 2001 (Jan. 2002)
- Explosion DVD
- Bomb Everything (Greatest Hits) (Australia Only)
- Old Skars and Upstarts series of compilations featuring unrealeased U.S. Bombs tracks "Check Point Chuck", "Club Slick", "Ghost Soldier" & "He's The Man"
- Political Crap - Duane Peters
- Exploding Fuck Dolls - Duane Peters
- Die' Hunns (DP & the Hunns) - Duane Peters
- Duane Peters Gunfight - Duane Peters
- The Great Unwashed - Duane Peters
- Shattered Faith - Kerry Martinez
- Lifestyle - Kerry Martinez
- The Bad Luck Charms - Kerry Martinez
- The Dischords - Chuck Briggs
- Chip Hanna - Chip Hanna
- Chip Hanna & The Berlin Three - Chip Hanna
- Cadillac Tramps - Jonny Wickersham
- Youth Brigade - Jonny Wickersham
- Social Distortion - Jonny Wickersham
- Lower East Side Stitches - Curt Gove & Andy Dahill
- 5 Balls Of Power - Curt Gove
- One Man Army - Jack Dalrymple, Chip Hanna & Heiko Schrepel
- Dead To Me - Jack Dalrymple
- Swingin Utters - Jack Dalrymple
- The Re-Volts - Jack Dalrymple, Heiko Schrepel
- The BillyBones - Alex Gomez
- The Hunns - Alex Gomez
- Dodge Dart - Nate Shaw
- U.S. Bombs at Allmusic
- L.A. Times review of War Birth (1997)
- Punknews.org staff review of We Are the Problem (2006)