Posted in metal | music | tour dates on March 9, 2010

by BBG

Warning: objects in picture may be older than they appear. Kraut in 1981

On June 11, 1981, Kraut made their first ever public performance, opening for The Clash at Bonds, and from that point on, theres no turning back. Though young (Johnny 13, Davey 15, Doug 18, and Don 22), they committed themselves to an irreversible course of action... [playing] a club called A-7, Maxs Kansas City, and just about anyplace that could hold a few punks. In August 1981, Kraut released their first single "Kill For Cash" B/W True Colour and Just Cabbage" , the songs from the original demo for The Clash, now re-recorded with the help of Ryk Oakley(producer).... Kraut was working on their first LP [An Adjustment to Society] , and Jones [Steve Jones of Sex Pistols] accepted their invitation to play on 3 cuts... This led [to]... several live appearances with Kraut [and Jones], joining them onstage to close the set with the LP tracks as well as a unbelievable version of " Bodies", Steves favorite Sex Pistols song.
Kraut kept themselves in the public eye by touring the states. Self financed the tour lost money, but kept the band in the public eye. Taking tapes theyd made over the previous... months, they assembled their second album, "Whetting The Scythe". Enigma Records released the album in November 1984. A tour of the west coast with CHANNEL 3 , saw the year in right. But all was not right Doug Holland... wasnt happy with the niche Kraut had carved for itself in the music world... [and left] to join Cro-Mags. ... Chris Smith, formerly of Battalion of Saints [joined] and the Summer 1985 Kraut went back in the studio to finish 4 songs they started before Doug left. ...They were rehearsing for recording their third album when fate took a turn. Chris Smith died in a freak accident slipping in the tub hitting his head and drowning.. - [Kraut Bio]
There have been a few reunions of NYC punks Kraut in recent memory (including last year at Gramercy with HR), but the band will reunite again for an NYC show on 3/27 at Cake Shop with The Krays, YDI, Everyday Dollars, Step 2 Far, and About To Break. Show flyer and some videos are below...

Kraut - "Kill For Cash"

Kraut - "All Twisted"

Kraut - "All Twisted" live in 1984




Comments (17)

Kraut should pay with Cheeseburger! Cake should closeout the show too!

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2010 9:14 AM

show is worth it for YDI alone...kraut is awesome too but fuck...YDI..

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2010 9:40 AM

krays and step 2 far? what about urban riot and the truents?

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2010 9:58 AM

Who is in the Kraut line up? I'd love to know...last I heard everyone was pretty much on the outs with a certain member.

Posted by Tim B. | March 9, 2010 10:21 AM

Doug and Davey are the only other two guys left in the band from the old days. Donny left 5 years ago and Johnny is in LA. I think Calum from Oi Polloi/Deathmold/APPLE is on bass and their last fill-in drummer, Jerry is on board. Calum is a great bass player. The drummer is a bit more straight-ahead than Johnny, who was more of Keith Moon style basher. Either way, I hope this pulls off.

Posted by Bryan Swirsky | March 9, 2010 10:30 AM

Kraut had a full band reunion at the ROIR show at CBGBs. It was all original members. Next time they came around it was,No Johnny Feedback..
Now you say that Donny isn't doing it and no Johnny Feedback either?
Hardly a reunion, but more like Doug needs money..

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2010 12:07 PM

I'm booking this show and I can assure you, it's not because Doug "needs the money". This gig is for fun and to play music. All the bands are my friends and they're all stoked to do the show together.
It's not billed as a reunion, it's billed as Kraut. Come and enjoy it, or don't.

Posted by Matthew melnick | March 9, 2010 12:24 PM

I think its gonna be fun, original line-up or not. Like Matty said, its about the music...

Posted by Mikey Break | March 9, 2010 12:56 PM

feeling kinda sour about this show...

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2010 4:52 PM

this looks sick. wish i could go but i won't be in NYC...

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2010 5:08 PM





Posted by BALLANTYNE CRACKA | March 9, 2010 7:40 PM

Matt, Seems some ( jerks ) people have mistaken, This for the other band I was in. This is KRAUT. And for the loser who thinks am doing this for the money
I wish they would come up to me and say that. Because, I would just take theirs. See all my friends there..It's going to be sick..Vegan Baby!

Posted by Doug Holland | March 10, 2010 11:07 AM

KRAUT is one of the all time best punk bands to come out of the NYC LES from the beginning. These
guys deserve a lot of credit for playing such a small and humble place like the CAKE shop! They could easily play a venue bigger to make more money.

Good for them. To play a humble place like the cake shop. That holds about 100 people.

It feels like the real A7 for them doing a show there.

KRAUT! You guys rock! Can't wait to be there.

I hope it don't sell out. I don't think there's advance tickets..I'll get there early....

Posted by oiminous | March 11, 2010 2:47 AM

YDI had to drop this show...still come out for KRAUT!

Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2010 1:50 PM

Guggenheim billed it as a performance piece and it was just an installation. Resultingly, the crowd simply waited for the "show" to start, limiting anyone's ability to freely explore the space (the ground floor was packed with indian-style seaters, and the balconies were lined with people holding onto their spots like grim death.

Posted by منتديات | January 9, 2011 1:29 PM

Hey ya'll we lost another one.......but I'm glad to have grown up with gangstarr as representatives of this music that has an incredible history.....hip hop is a book that wrote itself and GURU was definetly one of its main characters.....we are all getting older.....and GURU is one of the MCs that added a soundtrack to our lives in the 80's and 90's.......the NAMES,PLACES and FACES come to mind when I hear a GANGSTARR track.........I thank GOD that he allowed GURU to shine in his short time...........REST IN EVERLASTING PEACE GURU

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