Once called “the most bizarre and misunderstood punk rock band of all time,” the Dawrves are about to celebrate their silver anniversary by unleashing The Dwarves Are Born Again. All your favorte Dwarves freaks have come out to the party – Blag the Ripper,HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, Rex Everything and a cast of thousands return to bring the Dwarves fans the greatest show in punk.
“We’re all about being the best punk band ever for a quarter century,” frontman Blag the Ripper said. “We’re about mastering every single genre of hard music. We’re about playing raw exciting live shows, about abusing substances with fervor. And, we’re about making huge amounts of money in the music business before it all collapses.”
The Dwarves were born in 1983 in Chicago, and since their first album, 1986’s Horror Stories, the band has been nortorious for their live shows that left many bloddied and wounded along the way. There have also been tales of drug binges, missing members (bassist XXXX disappeared in Detroit on a crack binge during a 1992 tour, never to be heard from again), and 15-minute-long live shows, sometimes filled with strange sex acts on stage.
“Truth and fiction are kissing cousins in the Dwarves saga. The lies fuel speculation about the truth which is itself another big lie,” Blag said. “I’ve been blown and made out on stage during our live shows … but then again I’ve also been harassed and assaulted. Is there a difference between the two?”
In a questionable move, the Dwarves took it so far as to send out a press release that guitarist He Who Cannot Be Named died. The story proved to be a hoax when on their 1993 album SugarFix, the band dedicated a song to the fallen guitarist, but he actually played on the album.
At the time, the group was then on Sub Pop Records and the label didn’t find the joke so funny. In fact, the Dwarves were dropped from their label.
The band carried on and kept putting out albums despite a revolving door of members. They even went as far as bringing in some of their more popular fans to contribute on their albums like Dexter Holland (Offspring), Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age), and Nash Kato (Urge Overkill).
But for The Dwarves Are Born Again (MVD Records), the majority of original members have returnd.
“We got every single dwarf back for this one, it had to be that way. The old garage guys, the hardcore guys, the pop guys… it’s the Wu Tang Clan of Punk,” Blag said.
Also back for the Dwarves is their calling card of album covers with naked ladies and a little person. The trend, if you will, started with the 1990 Sub Pop Records release Blood, Guts and Pussy and has been a recurring theme since. Many punk fans, even if they haven’t heard the Dwarves music know them by their album covers.
“Most bands have boring record covers, which makes them appear smart and sincere,” Blag explained. “We never had any interest in being perceived that way. And as my feminist friends might say-vaginas are good!”
With the reunited members, the new album has that classic Dwarves feel to it, mixing all kinds of hard rock and pop music, making it a sure-fire hit for their fans.
“We simply define punk rock for now and all time, we can’t be stopped,” Blag said. We can’t be tamed and we’re back!”