Band Profile

Bl'ast!

Bl'ast!
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California Current Label: Rise Records Websites: MySpace Profile
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Band Members: (1982-1985) Mike Neider Cliff Dinsmore Bill Torgerson Dave Cooper Steve Stevenson
(1986-1987) Mike Neider Cliff Dinsmore Bill Torgerson Dave Cooper Kip Duvall
(1987) Mike Neider Cliff Dinsmore Bill Torgerson Tim Lafano
(1987-1988) Mike Neider Cliff Dinsmore Bill Torgerson Ron Isa
(1988-1989) Mike Neider Cliff Dinsmore Bill Torgerson John Schuler
(1990- ) Mike Neider Cliff Dinsmore Bill Torgerson Dave Give or take a year

Bl'ast! Bio:

BL'AST! was a California hardcore punk band formed in 1983. The original line up consisted of Clifford Dinsmore on vocals, Mike Neider and Steve Stevenson on guitars, Dave Cooper on bass, and Bill Torgerson on drums.

Their sound, a unique mix of bands like Black Flag, SSD and Black Sabbath, is quite hard to categorize, lying somewhere in the void between hardcore and hard rock and in some ways, Bl'ast were for-runners to Stoner rock, having direct ties to bands like Fu Manchu. -"BL'AST! was never a typical sounding punk band and even back in the day we were really technical and metal influenced."[1] – Although released by seminal punk label SST Records, BL'AST is also referenced in Brian Walsby's book on metal, Manchild 2[2].

Stevenson left the group after The Power of Expression . He was briefly replaced by William DuVall, former guitarist of Atlanta, Georgia's Neon Christ. DuVall contributed a small bit of song writing to the second album (credited as "Dr. Twang") but left the band before the recording sessions took place. Neider is the sole guitarist from that point on. To be then signed by the great sst records..

Cooper left in 1989 and was replaced by Ron Isa then John Schuler. Over the course of the next few years, Blast recorded a series of demos which showcased a new sound for the band as they began to make it a bit more slow and chunky.

Dinsmore left the group sometime in the early 90's and co-founded the band Spaceboy. The rest continued on without him, with Neider taking over vocal duties. They eventually changed their name to Blackout (releasing two 7" EPs under that name) and then again to Lab (who also put out a 7" EP, as well as a hard-to-find 4-song CD you could only get along with a Santa Cruz Skateboards order), continuing into the late 90's.

Bl'ast! briefly reunited in 2001, playing a handful of shows on the West Coast. They were also planning to record again, but unfortunately the band fell apart before this materialized. Dinsmore is now the lead vocalist of the band Gargantula. Neider has a new band in the works,GUSTO featuring former Kyuss/Queens Of The Stone Age/Che'/Sort of Quartet/Across the River member Alfredo Hernandez and former Unida bassist Dave who also had played in Bla'st! for a few years. Rumored to be laying down vocals on some tracks is John Garcia of KYUSS/UNIDA/Hermano infamy.

California Stoner rock band Fu Manchu pay homage to Bl'ast! via the titles of a song "Laserbl'ast!" from The Action is Go and records Something Beyond EP and Start the Machine which are both named after Bl'ast! songs.

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  13. raulpoole10
    raulpoole104/19/2016 5:55 AM | Permalink

    Soo nice.

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  15. ronreed11
    ronreed116/10/2016 2:49 AM | Permalink

    Awesome.

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