Maty’s Corner #29 I Wanna War with You! Duane Peters Gun Fight

Maty’s Corner #29

I Wanna War with You!

Duane Peters Gun Fight

 

            Starting around 2004 outta Long Beach, CA is Duane Peters Gunfight. A currently ongoing band of Duane’s. It’s a straight bad ass blend of punk and dirty rock n’ roll. These guys are a hell of a live act as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch them once. Duane is a fucking mad man on the stage, no disappointment.

            2005 Marked Gunfight’s first self titled album. It’s a 9 track boot to the face that reminds punk of what it’s supposed to be about. The best track on this is the opener War With You. From there it barrels through the rest of a wall peeling shit kicker of a listen. I’ve heard some punks bitch about this band… fuck ‘em.

            2009 gave us their most recent release Checkmate. The stand out on this is Spinal Tapped. A song that when I first heard it, I knew I’d dig on for the rest of my life. There’s a bit more rock vibe on tracks like Voodoo Tramp. The feel of this album is fuck on the floor and break shit. Now that you know this band, get the tunes and catch ‘em at live show. I’ll see ya in the pit!

 

 

-Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #27 Duane Peters and the Great Unwashed

Maty’s Corner #27

Duane Peters and the Great Unwashed Review

 

Coming out in 2012 was Duane Peters and The Great Unwashed. A bit of a one off side project from the master of disaster. While short lived, they did release on great album titled Beautiful Tragedy. It’s out and out punk blues with a lot of great piano and even a bit of harmonica, a definite departure from other music that Duane has put out. Most of lyrics sound like lost writings from Charles Bukowski’s urban genius. The two big stand outs for me are Coffee In The Kitchen Gone and the title track. This was released vinyl only or you can download it from http://duanepetersandthegreatunwashed.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-tragedy

Go ahead and get this if you don’t a have it. A must for fans of Duane and just good sad music.

-Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #25 1,2,3 Nuke HB! Die Hunns

Maty’s Corner #25

1,2,3 Nuke HB! Die Hunns

            Starting in 2000 out of the So Cal scene was Die Hunns. One of the many bands led by Duane Peters. This band had 2 incarnations, one was Duane Peters and The Hunns which released 2 albums. The other was the better known Die Hunns which included Corey Parks on bass. They were an awesome mix of old school street punk and skate punk.

            2000 marked their first release with Unite. It opens up with Youth Ain’t A Fountain which is a gnarly rippin’ track. The most incendiary is Nuke HB, something I have chanted while skating around Huntington Beach. This is 14 tracks of Duane doing punk the only way he knows how, which is an awesome disaster.

            2001 gave us the second of  not under the Die Hunns name, being Tickets to Heaven. This is one of my favorite releases by Duane. From Love N’ Hate wich sounds like a Bukowski rambling with a sonic background to Wild Cards which rings like some kind of call to action. The whole album just blisters through running you over if you’re not ready.

            2002 kicked the door in with the second D.P. and Hunns album Wayward Bantams which contains many of their greatest songs. Starting with Surf Sacrifice “the surf is down in the streets!” This rolls right into Skate Away which is as good a session track as any. Also the nod to the end of the Z Boys era Dog Bowl Love. This also features an early version of War of the Worlds.

            2004 came out with the revamped Die Hunns in Long Legs. Corey Parks of Nashville Pussy fame rocks bass and some vocal duties on this. They re-did some of the old Hunns tracks such as Hate N’ Love. Also a re-do of Wild Cards that gave it a stand out a new life. This was beginning of an evolution of the Hunns sound with a bit of down n’ dirty rock in the mix.

            2006 kicked even harder with You Rot Me. Opening with the middle finger of Mad Society this album tells ya how it’s gonna fucking be. Then it slides into Jorge a near bluesy song about a vato drug dealer. It’s got a couple of rager tracks as well like the title track and the nihilistic death threat of 47th Street.

            2007 gave us Die Huns’ final release of Live Fast. It features gnarly covers of AC/DC’s Back In Black and Van Halen’s Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love. Both of these rock more than the original. This was a great swan song for this amazing band. So check out the skate punk band that spent some time on Volcom Records. Then grab your skate, look down from the edge and drop in!

– Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner # 4

Kill Me, I Need The Rest… The Master Of Disaster

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Duane Peters! Master of Disaster. A junkie, a fuck up, a bum, a legend and man who has had permanent effects on skate boarding and punk rock music.  Most know Duane as either the front man of U.S. Bombs or as a skater.  Many don’t know both and less even know about his importance to skate boarding. But don’t give me blank or worried stares, I’ll introduce ya the spectrum of the Disaster.

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So in the skate world this nut case invented a number of tricks including the acid drop which forever changed vert skating.  Other tricks on his resume include the sweeper, indy air and the fakie hang-up (better known as the Disaster).  He was also the first and one of the few to conquer the loop of death.  One of the skaters to start the punk style of more narrow legged pants and high top chucks.  He was a pro on the Santa Cruz team and has had a long standing sponsorship with Independent Trucks.  Also has had many of his own model shoes. First was on Vision.  Yep, he skated with the other skate punk legend Gator.  He then had a shoe on Draven.  Was lucky enough to get kicks straight from the place.

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858Never met Duane, but got to hear the story of him getting staph infection in Australia from drinking beer out of a prosthetic leg.  Currently he has a shoe out on Iron Fist. The current skate team he’s on with Mike Vallely.  Perhaps his best known team was Emergency which was a division of Black Label.

Outside of being the most bad ass skate punk since Jay Adams, Duane has led a number some great punk rock bands.  There was Political Crap which never really went anywhere and involved some members of the Jaks which were a skate punk crew in San Francisco.

His first band to record was Exploding Fuckdolls. They concentrated on the old 77 punk sound and was merely a gateway band to much bigger things to come in the world of punk rock life.


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10134They had a harder sound than the Hunns, something like a bar room brawl.  Duanes most recent offering is The Great unwashed which is a blues punk project with lyrics sounding as though written by Charles Bukowski.  All of Duanes bands are still active in a touring manner, so the stuff we remember can still be caught at some dive bar or punk venue.  Duane has some new band starting up. Details are currently scarce, so be on the lookout for him screaming some new punk rock songs into that old mic.  Well that’s a basic Duane Peters run down.  If ya want more, get Who Cares, The Duane Peters story on dvd. And here’s hoping we’re all rockin’ that hard at 52 years young!

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-Maty Almost