Friday, April 07, 2006

Flesh Eaters play "warm up" tour

Thursday night, Desjardins will front a legendary Flesh Eaters lineup that hasn't been seen onstage for 25 years. Recruited to record the intense roots-punk album "A Minute to Pray A Second to Die," released in 1981 by Slash Records' Desjardins-helmed subsidiary Ruby Records, the band featured guitarist Dave Alvin and drummer Bill Bateman of the Blasters, bassist John Doe and percussionist D.J. Bonebrake of X and saxophonist Steve Berlin, today a member of Los Lobos.

The so-called "all-star" Flesh Eaters played a handful of club sets in 1981; their lone concert appearance was as an opener for the Fall and Blurt at the long-defunct Myron's Ballroom in downtown L.A.

The lineup would have remained a dim, cherished old-school punk memory, but England's All Tomorrow's Parties festival beckoned this year.

"John (Doe) got a call from Mark Arm in (the founding Seattle grunge band) Mudhoney," Desjardins says. "They wanted the Flesh Eaters to play on the day they're curating. Each day, a major independent band is curating. ... (Arm) said, 'Any lineup's OK, but this is the one we want to see.'"

here's the full story - DesJardins is saying this will be the last reunion...


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