Drunk Injuns: Joey Headbone Restless Spirit (vocals); Stoned Wolf, Wholley Smokkes (guitar); Johnny Yuma (bass); Sittin Duck (drums).
Recorded between 1982 and 1997.
This is part of Alternative Tentacles' Skate-Punk Reissues series.
Personnel: Wh”lley Sm”kkes (guitar); Ray Stevens, Tony Guerrero (acoustic guitar).
Audio Mixer: Tony Guerrero.
Recording information: Tom Mallon Studio (1982-1984).
Photographers: Tom Cogan; Nick Nichols.
Long before Slipknot went platinum and the X-Games became a nationally broadcasted sporting event, Drunk Injuns wore scary Native American garb and masks while helping pioneer skate rock, a genre that came about in the early '80s that combined punk rock's nihilism with the skater ethos. Despite doing very little at the time recording-wise, the band's legacy has lived on, prompting the reissue of nearly impossible to find recordings by the band. This disc contains recordings from a self-released cassette entitled My Dad Butch (1983) and also Frontside Grind, the band's 1987 full-length LP, though nothing from the live Crimes Against Humanity 10" that the group considers its formal debut. Also tacked on are two tracks from Ancestors: Gods of Sound, a side project at the time. From Where the Sun Now Stands I Will Fight No More, Forever is more than a historical document, however; though it embodies California, empty swimming polls, and big, fat neon-colored skateboard wheels, the spirited, guitar-heavy punk rock that fits nicely alongside early Suicidal Tendencies efforts as post-Dead Boys discipleship holds up surprisingly well. It's a little rough around the edges, but that's what punk rock is supposed to be no matter how new it is, and the production is surprisingly strong given the age of the original recordings. ~ Brian O'Neill