Infest is an American hardcore punk band, formed in September 1986 by Joe Denunzio, Matt Domino, Dave Ring and Chris Clift. The band is considered to be pioneers of the dissonant hardcore style known as powerviolence. The term was coined by their guitarist Matt Domino, who first used it to describe his other band, Neanderthal with Eric Wood of Man is the Bastard. 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 raw anger, with lyrical content about conformity, war, scene politics and socio-political issues. 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. The group broke up in 1996, having played only a handful of shows within California.
On July 1, 1991, Infest recorded a live set for the Los Angeles radio station KXLU. This session was later released by Deep Six Records, who also released the No Man’s Slave LP in 2002. Instrumentals for the record were recorded during the summer of 1995 and vocals were recorded post-breakup in 2000.
On January 13, 2013, Infest played their first show since 1991 at The Echo, in Echo Park, California with bands such as ACxDC (Anti-Christ Demon Core), Barking Backwards, Fissure and Sordo. They were among the headliners at the 2013 editions of Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas respectively. In July 2013 Infest headlined the Destroy L.A. Hardcore Festival with California youth crew legends Chain of Strength. In July 2014, they headlined a one-off in Dallas, Texas at Vice Palace, along with Chicago-based outfit Weekend Nachos. The band has been performing frequently ever since, making their European debut at Netherlands Deathfest 2016.
Formed in early 2016, grind/powerviolence group Escuela, features vocals from Katerina Economou, percussion by Jesse Fuentes (ex-Kill the Client, ex-Creator Destroyer, 1Fest, Mass Grindviolence), and guitars by Jason Eldridge (Hearse, ex-Monolith, ex-Body Without Organs), Jackson Kovalchik (Casas) and bass by Kris Morash(Your Brain on Drugs).
Although the members span from different parts of the country, the band is based out of Upstate New York, and Pittsfield, MA. Escuela has been making a name for themselves through a prolific touring schedule and releases including: a self-released EP “Non Serviam”, splits with Reeking Cross (D.C.), Violent Opposition(CA) and Disparo! (Australia), and two forthcoming splits and a full-length all scheduled for release in 2019.
Through punishingly short songs, Escuela delivers politically charged lyrics inspired by modern anxieties, unrest, and the roots of grindcore and powerviolence.
Escuela is Grindviolence
Sick/Tired is a hardcore punk/powerviolence band from Chicago, Illinois, featuring members of Mk-Ultra and Weekend Nachos. Formed in 2009, Sick/Tired released a their most recent LP in 2013, and made their first Maryland Deathfest appearance in 2014.
Metallic hardcore chaos.
Fastcore band from Joliet IL.