The Damned Things Make Their Debut Performance

posted June 3, 2010

The Damned Things Make Their Debut Performance

After three years of 'shedding, the wraps are off, and events are happening very, very fast for The Damned Things - the don't-call-‘em-a-supergroup starring Anthrax members Scott Ian (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Rob Caggiano (rhythm, lead guitar, vocals), Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley (lead vocals), and Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman (rhythm, lead guitar, vocals) and Andy Hurley (drums, percussion). The live action starts June 1st, when The Damned Things make their debut performance at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

Following their cover story feature in the April issue of Rock Sound magazine (with the band's world exclusive first interview), The Damned Things launched their MySpace website last Friday before Memorial Day. The site immediately picked up more than 25,000 plays over the holiday weekend for the rough mixes of "We've Got A Situation Here" and "Ironiclast," two tracks from their upcoming debut album on the Island Records. Title and release date of the album - produced by Trohman and Caggianoi, and recorded mostly in Brooklyn, where Anthrax lives, with side trips to Buffalo, NY (Buckley's home), and Chicago (Trohman, Hurley) - will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Three nights after the Knitting Factory, The Damned Things will be at Rock Am Ring in Nurburgring, Germany, on June 4th, kicking off a round of European shows. They will be stopping for shows in Denmark (Rock Im Park, June 5th); Brussels (Vk, June 6th); Amsterdam (a free show at Melkweg, June 8th); London (Heaven, June 10th); and Copenhagen (Copenhell, June 12th); before wrapping it up at the Download Festival in Donnington (UK), June 13th.

"Whoa, black betty (bam-A-lam)," sang Ram Jam on their 1977 hit single version of the Lead Belly tune. "Whoa, black betty (bam-A-lam)/ Black betty had a child (bam-A-lam)/ The damn thing gone wild (bam-A-lam)..." The Damned Things took their name from the song as a means to convey their gutsy intentions, which goes back to Trohman's original hook-up with Scott Ian three years ago. "We were both interested in putting together a heavy/classic-rock, blues-oriented, riff-based band," Trohman says, "while trying to stay away from what makes that sound generic and overplayed."

Trohman and Hurley share roots in pre-Fall Out Boy heavy metal bands; Caggiano soon joined his bandmate Scott in the new venture. The Damned Things were whole when Buckley accepted their invitation to front the group. One listen to "We've Got A Situation Here" answers all the questions. "Musically, it's a good representation of the band," says Trohman. "It has the sludgy riffs, but there's a catchy chorus, a tempo change breakdown, and some leads/solos. There's a real bluesy feel to the verses. [It's] everything the group stands for."