Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia is about William DuVall, who is not only best known as the “new singer” of the iconic grunge band Alice in Chains, but was actually associated with the punk scene.
Prior to joining Alice in Chains in 2006, William DuVall was a member of at least four punk rock bands. He began his career in the early 1980’s in a short-lived punk rock band called Awareness Void of Chaos before he helped form the legendary Atlanta-based hardcore punk band Neon Christ. DuVall, who was just 16 years old when Neon Christ started in 1983, contributed guitars and lyrics to their music. Neon Christ’s only releases are a self-titled 7″ album from 1984 and the compilation album Neon Christ 2×7″, which was released in 1990 and contains some previously unreleased songs.
After Neon Christ broke up for the first time in 1986, DuVall briefly joined the Northern California punk rock band Bl’ast! as their second guitarist and helped write their second album It’s in My Blood, which was released in 1987 on Greg Ginn of Black Flag‘s label SST, but left the band just prior to the recording of that album. DuVall’s fourth “punk rock” band was Final Offering, which featured Randy Gue (a former Neon Christ roadie) on vocals, Mike Dean of Corrosion of Conformity on bass and Greg Psomas on drums. Unfortunately, Final Offering would not last long enough as Psomas’ heroin habit hindered them from working consistently, and Dean soon went back to Corrosion of Conformity. Psomas eventually died of an overdose in 1994.
Apparently, I couldn’t find any clips of DuVall rocking out with his other bands like Bl’ast, but to hear his work in Neon Christ, click here.
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