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Big Drill Car

Big Drill Car
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California Current Label: Unsigned or Unknown Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: Frank Daly - vocals
Mark Arnold - guitar
Bob Thomson - bass
Danny Marcroft - drums

Big Drill Car Bio:

Big Drill Car was a pop punk/melodic hardcore group from Huntington Beach, California, who were active from the late 1980s to mid-1990s and briefly again in the mid-2000s. The group never gained any mainstream audience, but were an influence on their contemporaries – most notably ALL, Chemical People and Dag Nasty – alongside whom they are considered the early pioneers of the sound that would later be called melodic hardcore.

Big Drill Car released an EP, Small Block, in 1988 before being signed to Cruz Records (owned by former Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn) and releasing two studio albums. The band eventually parted ways with that label and signed to Headhunter Records, who released No Worse for the Wear, the band's last album to date.

Big Drill Car broke up in 1995, but reunited for a one-off series of shows in 2008 and 2009, with the classic original lineup.

3 Comments

  1. Ritmo Sustancia11/3/2011 5:38 PM | Permalink

    Big Drill Car is a great band ever!

  2. cheeseburger66
    cheeseburger666/14/2015 5:21 PM | Permalink

    Big Drill Car. What a band, but more than that, they came at a time I really needed them. BDC opened my eyes as to what punk rock was becoming. I first heard of them in 1988-9. I read their interview in 1990 and got their cassette a couple of months later. Thankfully CRUZ records had decent distribution enough to get that cassette to the Antelope Valley in SoCal. For us here in this city to see a Corrosion Of Conformity tshirt was revelation! When I saw some people wearing that shirt in 1988 at our Fair, I was shocked! I was wearing my Misfits shirt, and people knew about it in 1988! Wow! Anyway, as far as recorded stuff, the nearest place to find it was Santa Clarita, some 50 or so miles away toward L.A. Through mail order and a couple of makeshift record stores, here in the A.V. I for one, got my hands on some really cool stuff. One of them was BDC’s release …Type Thing. I read about it, I bought it. At the time I was experimenting with drugs and somehow that tape just came in very well and timely. Pop/Punk I mean I heard the ALL influence but they were themselves. I became such a fan. I later heard the Small Block record and just loved it!!! I own their other releases Batch and No Worse for Wear. I never got the magic from those records that I did from …Type Thing, but I never forgot these guys. I am now listening to the first time to their release Never Ending Thing.. I am enjoying them in 2015 although the recordings are from a while back. I have to say that BDC came at a time they should have taken over the world with their music. It is so unfair how lesser band make the millions when the better bands are but an asterisk in the punk world. Big Drill Car!!! Listen to their releases!!! Understand where they were coming from and what they were doing!!! Incredible!!! Thanks for the music GUYS!!! BIG DRILL CAR!!

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