Courtesy of Kayos Productions
To mark the 40th anniversary of their seminal punk album, Young, Loud & Snotty
, guitarist Cheetah Chrome and drummer Johnny Blitz have revived the Dead Boys for a tour in support of a new version of the album.
They’ll perform on Sept. 21 at Now That’s Class
Formed in Cleveland in 1976, the Dead Boys were one of the first American acts to play what would come to be known as hardcore punk. Young, Loud and Snotty
, their 1977 debut, featured the blistering underground hit “Sonic Reducer.”
The band broke up in 1979 but reunited for a few shows in the 1980s.
After the death of singer Stiv Bators in 1990, the band members have rarely played together.
“I've had my solo band for the last ten years, and Dead Boys songs have always been included in my shows and over time the right mix of people came together to pull off and at times enhance the Dead Boys sound,” says Chrome in a press release announcing the tour. “With the 40th anniversary of the Dead Boys on the horizon and a solid band that could interpret and deliver the performance and sound needed to maintain the authenticity of the Dead Boys, I reached out to Johnny Blitz about an anniversary tour and he said yes and we began the journey of what would become Still Snotty
Guitarist Jason Kottwitz, bassist Ricky Rat and singer Jake Hout, who performs in the Dead Boys tribute band the Undead Boys, will join Chrome and Blitz.
“I've been singing the Dead Boys songs myself for 20 years because I couldn't find another singer I trusted enough to hand it to,” Chrome says. “The first gig with Jake, it was like, ‘You got it, man!’ I think Stiv would be very proud of our choice.”
The group played earlier this year at South by Southwest and decided then that it would re-record Young, Loud & Snotty
“The original album was actually a demo,” Chrome says. “None of us had been in a studio before, and we figured we would go back in and do it right, but the label said no. It has stood up, but 40 years later we can do a ‘What if?’ What would it have sounded like if we could have gone back in? So that's what this is about. It's not better. It's just different.”
Produced by Plowboy Records head Shannon Pollard and cut in just three days at Nashville’s Creative Workshop Studios, Still Snotty: Young, Loud & Snotty at 40
offers new versions of the old songs.
“When Blitz and I are playing it's like we’re 20 years old again, of course I feel a lot worse the next morning,” Chrome says with a laugh. “It's still just as loud and snotty; we're just old now.”