Less than six months ago your humble journalist was happy to report the resurgence of one of the pivotal but somewhat obscure punk bands of the 80's brandishing new material with 3/4 of their original lineup complete with Halloween masks and monster cereal. That band is Voice of Doom. They released new material along with a remastered collection of their first EP in what looked like a promising comeback for the aging Jersey boys...but in true "Spinal Tap" fashion if I may say so, they unfortunately lost their drummer to a mysterious accident in northern California, and their bass player has decided AARP was a better choice of letters than VOD.
For their debut live performance on April 18 at the Clash Bar in Clifton they didn't have to look far for replacements though. Steele and Fender turned to fellow 65's bandmates Joe Pugsley and Ryan Struck to take over bass and drum duties, respectively. According to Steele, the band is "tighter, louder and a little further from retirement age". Fender was quoted as saying "Karl would have wanted it this way...he was selfless like that". I'll be there and you should be too...also appearing is Electric Frankenstein (who Steele drummed for for many years) along with the Catholic Girls.