D Generation

Johnny Brenda's Presents

D Generation

Biters, Wyldlife

Thu, July 28, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

D Generation - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
D Generation
"We never broke up," says Jesse Malin. "Bands break up, but we're a family, and that's
something you can never get away from. We were brothers from the start."
It's been nearly two decades since NYC rock and roll pioneers D Generation released
their last album, but it's hard to imagine a more appropriate—and a more necessary—
time for their biting commentary and fearless punk energy to come roaring back. On
their new record, 'Nothing Is Anywhere,' the influential quintet is as sharp and piercing
as ever, reflecting on their early days as outsiders and misfits, taking the piss out of
New York's new generation of trust fund bullshit artists and corporate sponsors, and
pulling no punches in a penetrating portrait of a society that's somehow simultaneously
both more polarized and more homogeneous than ever.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as "the best thing to happen to New York noise in the Nineties,"
D Generation evolved out of the hardcore scene that flourished in NYC's underground
in the 1980's. Already respected veterans and seasoned performers by their teenage
years, the band's five members—singer Jesse Malin, guitarist Danny Sage, bassist Howie
Pyro, drummer Michael Wildwood, and guitarist Richard Bacchus—bonded over a
shared disgust with popular culture, writing incendiary, explosive music as a violent
reaction to the toothless art that dominated the airwaves around them.
"We were sick of the way bands looked, the way bands acted," explains Malin. "We
were tired of bands who had nothing to say and who looked like farmers, or jocks, or
gas station attendants."
"We loved bands that were a lifestyle," adds Sage. "We wanted that for ourselves. A
band has to be like a gang, a family. We fell into that easily because we'd been playing
together and had known each other for so long."
A hurricane of raw energy and reckless abandon, D Generation was impossible to
ignore. Former Rolling Stones manager Giorgio Gomelsky took the band under his wing,
inviting them to his infamous Chelsea loft where they wrote and rehearsed religiously.
Their early shows at clubs like Continental and CBGB's were spectacles that had to be
seen to be believed: smashed equipment, dangerous volume, bottles flying through
the air, crowds beyond a fire marshal's worst nightmare. Gigs were a packed crush of
obsessive rock and roll fans, models, drag queens, hardcore punks, and drunks; an
audience as eclectic as the band itself.
"We might have been a lot of things," reflects Sage, "but we were never boring."
The press took notice, with attention everywhere from the New York Times to Rolling
Stone fueling their national rise. They released their self-titled debut on EMI in 1994,
and following a massive bidding war, moved to Columbia Records for their critically
acclaimed follow-up 'No Lunch,' which was produced by The Cars' Ric Ocasek. Famed
Rolling Stone critic David Fricke called it "a stone classic," raving in a 4-star review
that "there is no better sales pitch for the snot-rock classicism and teenage-warfare
spirit," while SPIN said the songs "wrap the dirty city up in (less than) three tumultuous
minutes and stuff it in your back pocket." D Generation's star continued to rise as they
embarked on massive tours with peers like the Ramones, Cheap Trick, Social
Distortion, the Misfits, Green Day, Offspring, Rancid, and more. After a performance
at Madison Square Garden with KISS, Malin was famously arrested on the street for
drinking from an open container (the city was already changing).
By the time the band teamed with Bowie/T-Rex producer Tony Visconti for their third
album, 1999's 'Through The Darkness,' the writing was on the wall. The record was
another critical favorite, with the New York Times hailing it as "defiant and dirty," but
the years of hard living and volatile personalities had caught up with the band, their
clothes and tabloid exploits often overshadowing attention to the music in the press. A
decade hiatus followed, and though they continued to remain in touch and collaborate
in a variety of forms, they wouldn't all appear together onstage again until 2011. Sold
out gigs in the US, massive festivals in Europe, and an arena tour with Guns n' Roses
followed, and while the band's relationship was just as hot-blooded as ever, the wild
energy of the shows and rave reviews from press helped sow the seeds for 'Nothing Is
The album opens with "Queens Of A," a fiery nod to the East Village outcasts of the
band's youth who inspired them to make something beautiful out of the decay that
surrounded them. The song sets a ruthless, breakneck pace for the twelve tracks that
follow, with thunderous drums and a wall of vicious, distorted electric guitars
underneath Malin's blistering vocals. On "Lonely Ones" and "Apocalypse Kids," the band
reflects on their journey and personal redemption through rock and roll, while "21st
Century Blues" and "Piece Of The Action" offer an unflattering look at a modern culture
that lives through screens and devours itself in 24-hour cycles. "Demand the DJ play
your song / Locked in your bedroom all day long" Malin sings on "Rich Kids," while on
"Mercy Of The Rain" he confesses, "Everybody wants this year's model / Everybody
wants to take your place."
It should come as little surprise that, rather than booking themselves into a modern
studio, D Generation returned to their DIY roots, launching their own record label and
setting up in a basement rehearsal space on Avenue A to cut the album "fast, loud, and
on our own terms," as Malin puts it. He and Sage wrote most of the lyrics together,
and while they often reflect on scenes and characters from their past, it's never with
nostalgia. D Generation isn't out to romanticize their history or their city; they're here
for the same reasons they started the band in the first place.
"We originally got together as a reaction to everything that was sick and empty out in
the world," says Malin. "We thought we were pissed off in the 90's, but now it's worse
then ever."
The band offers a glimmer of hope in the album's final moments, though, with Malin
singing, "Stars crash, shadows are cast / Night falls and you raise a glass / For
tomorrow / Tomorrow is all I have." As soulless and sanitized as the culture may be, as
many friends as we might lose along the way, there's always a new day coming, always
a reason to gather the survivors and toast to the possibilities of the future. Times may
change, but family is forever.
"There's a lifetime of love, hate, tears, and laughter culminating in this record,"
concludes Pyro. "Made by us, for us...and you."
Biters - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
"In this digital age of disposable razors, disposable relationships and disposable music, anything authentic seems more precious than ever.
Discovering the indigo denim of an old Levi's jacket or an arrowhead in your backyard are some of the joys untold. Biters are a rock and roll band hailing from Hatecity and upon first listen you know they are the real deal. Steeped in rock tradition, this young group blends the alchemic mixture of louder than Hendrix volume with a heaping elixir of pure brutality. If Tom Petty was assaulted by the Sex Pistols while Stiv Bator was pouring the drinks, that scene would approximate the sound of the Biters. Their music winks and nods at tradition but reveals glimmers of future. Biters will take a chunk out of your ass and heart leaving you wanting more." -Nico Constantine
Wyldlife - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Wyldlife is a group of 4 young men who enjoy girls, alcohol, motorcycle culture, knives, leather jackets and rock and roll. Their new self-titled debut LP is for those who like their garage/punk rock both loud and fast as well as sweet, in the vein of the Ramones, The Undertones, The Only Ones, The New York Dolls, etc... Drinks are on you, right? OK, good.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125