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Toxic Narcotic formed out of Boston, MA in the summer of 1989 as a three piece with Bill Damon on bass and lead vocals, Will Sullivan on guitar and vocals, and Kevin Barnello on drums. This lineup released several records and in 1994 the band booked its first tour and hit the road. After a couple of records and tours Bill decided he would rather concentrate on vocals and pass on the bass duties to someone else. In 1996 Joe Rizzi joined the band on bass and soon after Kevin decided to move on due to different musical interests. In 1997 long time friend and roadie Sam Jodrey took over on the dru ...read more
Toxic Narcotic formed out of Boston, MA in the summer of 1989 as a three piece with Bill Damon on bass and lead vocals, Will Sullivan on guitar and vocals, and Kevin Barnello on drums. This lineup released several records and in 1994 the band booked its first tour and hit the road. After a couple of records and tours Bill decided he would rather concentrate on vocals and pass on the bass duties to someone else. In 1996 Joe Rizzi joined the band on bass and soon after Kevin decided to move on due to different musical interests. In 1997 long time friend and roadie Sam Jodrey took over on the drums and has been with us ever since. Sam was the roadie for TN on our first two tours and was part of the family since the band started. Because of this we have always considered him an original member. In 1998 Joe moved to Seattle and long time supporter and friend Ben Upton joined the band. Ben was proficient with many instruments including bagpipes, accordion and mandolin. Ben would often play bagpipes while Bill played bass, and the band would do an instrumental to start of the show. Ben and Will would often play sessions at local bars or various pubs on the road as well. In 2000 Ben left the band and after a few minor adjustments and temporary band members we found a replacement. In the summer of 2002 Seager Tennis joined the band as our new bass player. This lineup toured regularly until the beginning of 2005 when Seager decided that it was time for him to move on! Though we have been through several bass players over the years the core line up of Bill, Will and Sam remains the same! Most of the past fifteen years is a complete blur and our recollection of events is a bit vague but at some point we will write a more detailed history of the band.
Toxic Narcotic was formed with the intent of mixing our favorite elements of punk and hardcore into an original sound with some intelligent lyrics. This mix of brutal music with extremely energetic shows has created a large local and national following of people from different genres of underground music. The band has toured almost constantly for the past ten years all over North America and Europe. Aside from being the support act on several national tours, Toxic Narcotic has done countless DIY tours and has played with almost every band imaginable in every conceivable location. The band has self-released most of our own material from the very beginning on Rodent Popsicle Records, a label formed by the members of the band in 1992. Rodent Popsicle Records has grown to be one of the largest punk labels in New England and has put out almost one hundred releases to date. The label has helped dozens of local Boston area bands and booked countless shows for local and touring bands large and small.
Toxic Narcotic’s personal belief is that respect and integrity are more important than image and popularity. This is why we have always incorporated whatever style of music we want in our sound with no regard to what people think of us or trying to fit into any one specific clique or genre of underground music. We do not care what genre you choose to classify us as, nor do we care what people think of us! We choose not to rehash old musical styles by sounding like our influences, but rather create our own unique sound like a lot of the bands we are influenced by were doing in their time. Because we mix all kinds of styles into our music we have fans from every genre of underground music. We do not prefer any one group of people or subgenre of punk music over another. The band believes in unity in the so called scene but not at the cost of accepting ignorance from someone just because they dress the same or claim to have the same political views! We judge people by their character and actions not by their words or dress.
Toxic Narcotic is a political band but we claim no specific political philosophy or ideology except for an extreme dedication to the ideals of the DIY lifestyle in general! The band’s lyrics are full of hatred towards the ignorance, greed and cruelty of humanity and its effects on nature and the environment! If you want to know more go read them yourself. We believe that corporations and non-musicians have exploited musicians for way too long and this is why the band has remained completely autonomous of the music industry. We have released most of our own records ourselves and the few records we have done with other labels were done completely DIY without any contract, and the band is in complete ownership of all our music and merchandise! We have been doing this for over fifteen years and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received over all these years and we would like to thank everyone worldwide for all the help! « hide
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