Infest (band)

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Name = Infest (band)


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Origin = Ventura, CA, USA
Genre = Hardcore punk
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Years_active = 1986-1996
Label = Slap A Ham, Deep Six
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Past_members = Joe Denunzio (vocals)
Matt Domino (guitar)
Dave Ring (bass)
Chris Clift (drums)
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Infest was an influential hardcore punk band, formed in September 1986 by Joe Denunzio, Matt Domino, Dave Ring and Chris Clift. They disbanded in 1996.

Infest, while not coining the term "powerviolence", were pioneers of the style. The Los Angeles quartet blended the ethos, speed and song structure of straight edge hardcore, along with the aggression and anger of bands like Negative Approach and Negative FX. Joe Denunzio’s vocals exhibited angst, with lyrical content about conformity, war, scene politics and socio-political issues, mostly delivered in an accusational assault.

Straight Edge was an influence in Infest's songwriting, with such songs as 'Mindless'. Infest did however differ from their peers in their fervent political stance and imagery, often depicting the tragedies of war and poverty, countering the obligatory "band in action" album covers common to the era. When asked about the hardcore scene Matt Domino said, "I think Hardstance rips it up and Chain of Strength are cool, but Insted and Breakaway are pretty cheesy. It seems most hardcore bands are going for a polished sound and package, we are really not into that." On the contrary, Infest's sound was fuzzy and on many of the early recordings indecipherable, but still captured their raw intensity.

On July 1, 1991, Infest recorded a live set for the Los Angeles radio station KXLU, capturing them in their element. This session was later released by Deep Six Records who also released the No Man's Slave LP. The vocals on No Man's Slave where recorded posthumously and the LP not released until the year 2000. Many Infest bootlegs have been made and are highly sought after by fans.

Discography

* 1987 - Infest (Demo)
* 1988 - Infest 12"
* 1988 - Slave 12"
* 1989 - Split 8" with Pissed Happy Children
* 1991 - Mankind 7"
* 1991 - KXLU Radioshow 12"
* 1995 - No Man's Slave CD/LP

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