Dayglo Abortions

Dayglo Abortions

Thorazine

Sun, June 24, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

This event is 21 and over

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Dayglo Abortions
Dayglo Abortions
Few punk bands have remained in business for as long as the veteran Canadian trio, Dayglo Abortions, has. Since 1979, the band (in one configuration or another) has been offering up no-holds barred punk rock (that was eventually merged with heavy metal), as well as some truly over-the-top (and unforgettable) album cover artwork/images. And the lads are back with their first studio album in twelve years (and ninth studio set overall), 'Armageddon Survival Guide,' which will be unleashed on March 25, 2016, via Unrest Records.

Since the beginning, the group has been led by Murray Acton AKA "The Cretin" (guitar and vocals), and made their mark on the punk underground throughout the '80s, with such over-the-top classics as 'Out of the Womb' (1981), 'Feed Us a Fetus' (1986), and 'Here Today, Guano Tomorrow' (1987). But it was also during this time that the band found themselves in hot water with the law, after obscenity charges were brought against the band and their then-label, Fringe Product, after a police officer's daughter bought a copy of 'Here Today,' and the officer failed to appreciate the band's irreverent sense of humor. Happily, all charges were dropped in 1990.

Dayglo Abortions continued on their merry way throughout the '90s with such additional recordings as 'Two Dogs Fucking - Deux Chiens Fourrent' (1991), 'Little Man in the Canoe' (1995), 'Corporate Whores' (1996), 'Stupid World, Stupid Songs' (1998), and 'Death Race 2000' (1999). And it was around this time that The Cretin was joined by bassist Willy Jak, who has remained a member of the band to this very day. The early 21st century saw the arrival of further albums, including 'Holy Shiite' (2004) and 'Live 2011' (2011), which led to the arrival of the group's modern day drummer, Blind Marc (who is indeed legally blind), as well as the aforementioned 'Armageddon Survival Guide.'

"Just like Armageddon, our new album has been rumored to be coming out for ages now," explains The Cretin. "In fact it says in the Bible, that in the end times, the world will go totally to shit, everyone will be sinning their goddamned asses off, and they will all be listening punk bands like the Dayglo Abortions, who clearly couldn't give a shit about God or the Devil. Now those aren't the exact words used of course. But that was a long time ago, and what the fuck did they know anyway. Anyway...those days are here, the world has gone to shit, Lady Gaga is rubbing her Satan worshiping vagina all over the Super Bowl, and the new Dayglo album is out."

"The 'Armageddon Survival Guide' is gonna kick the shit out of you. It's gonna scare the fucking Jesus out of God and all his sissy angels. We're not sure how Satan will take it, but we don't believe in him anyway, so fuck Satan. Let your head get smashed in by the 'Armageddon Survival Guide,' brought to you by those Messiahs of the UN-sane, the Dayglo Abortions."
Thorazine
Established in 1992, Philadelphia's Thorazine have toured North America ten times, sharing stages (and vans) with such icons as FEAR, Antiseen, The Mentors, The Anti-Nowhere League, The Murder Junkies, Gang Green, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Yo La Tengo, and Exene Cervenka – as well as Pegboy, Blanks 77, NOFX, and, wait for it… Blink 182. The Philly quartet also released a series of albums (1995's Crazy Uncle Paul's Dead Squirrel Wedding and 1998's Vicious Cycle), EP's, singles, and countless compilations on LA's Dionysus Records/Hell Yeah label throughout the 90's, and appeared at the 1995 Lollapalooza in Pittsburgh, PA.
Thorazine reached, perhaps, the peak of their mainstream infamy due to a trademark dispute with big pharma behemoth SmithKline Beecham. Long story short: The drug maker got a lesson in fair use, the band declined a lucrative offer to change names, and the whole kerfuffle produced a lot of free national publicity in newspapers, magazines, and television – including (ignominiously?) a full weekend of regularly scheduled name-checks on MTV's The Week in Rock courtesy of Ocean City, New Jersey's favorite son, Kurt Loder.
The band was the brainchild of drummer Dallas Cantland, guitarist Elliot Taylor, and (first and fourth) bassist Ed Ormsby. Jo-Ann Rogan completed the lineup when they "discovered" her slinging drinks at Philly's landmark dive, McGlinchy's – she remains a fixture and, some would argue, a civic treasure, behind the bar there to this day. The core trio of Cantland, Taylor and Rogan have remained steady since the band's inception.
Taylor and Rogan also got married and have two boys, who frequent band rehearsals and even turn up at all-ages shows. Ormsby left the band early on, returned, and left again, but still collaborates in songwriting. Other bassist emeriti include John Quinn, Scotty Parker, Jim Kydonious and, most significantly, key influencer and canonical Thorazine bassist Ross Abraham, who put in the most time in front of the Ampeg "fridge" throughout the bulk of the 90's. Dan Hoover (or "h00v3r," as he insists on referring to himself) is the latest to fill that fourth slot to complete the lineup.
After an unscheduled band hiatus of several years, documentary filmmaker Heather Gillespie was inspired to shoot a film about the creation and history of the crypto-taxidermic artwork gracing the cover of the Dead Squirrel album. Her project reunited Cantland and Abraham with Rogan and Taylor for the first time in nearly a decade. The old chemistry soon returned, some shows were booked, and then a whole shitload of shows were booked – including a West Coast tour in August, 2015 and a tour of the South in May, 2016. Songwriting and recording picked right back up and the band has several new releases, including a featured spot on the Punk Aid 4 compilation to benefit autism research.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com