When a band's been around as long as legendary Washington, D.C., punk act Bad Brains has, its reputation tends to precede it. Darryl Smyers wrote at length about the band's reputation in this week's paper, when he caught up with bassist Darryl Jennifer in advance of the band's stop through Dallas tonight for a gig at the Granada Theater:
Even after 33 years, Bad Brains are still one of the most prominent acts in the history of American punk rock. Formed in 1977 by four African-American youths just hanging out in Washington, D.C., the quartet fronted by H.R. (aka Paul Hudson) plied its craft throughout the '80s, creating a fascinating catalog of hardcore punk that remains unrivaled and vastly influential today--probably because it wasn't trying to be anything in particular. Continue Reading...
But this wasn't just a retrospective question-and-answer session: Smyers was able to get Jennifer to comment on the possibility of new Bad Brains material down the line. If nothing else, fans can take heart in the fact that Jennifer didn't completely blow the idea off: "You never know where the spirit will lead you," he told Smyers. "We've been together for so long, there's no telling what we might do."
The same could be said for the band's often fiery on-stage reputation. And, courtesy of the folks at Granada Theater, a couple lucky DC9 readers can see tonight's show for free.
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