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The Good, the Bad, and the He…Who Cannot Be Named Is Back, and It’s Brutal

“Who was that masked man?” has probably been asked more times than “What date is it?” by anyone that’s attended a Dwarves gig. He, as in He Who Cannot Be Named, the Luchador mask-wearing/jock-strap clad guitarist, has been an iconic figurehead in the deepest recesses of punk for roughly 30 years. Refusing to confess his true identity, He has maintained this on-stage mystery while flanking the incomparable Blag Dahlia. Together, this fearsome twosome has become the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of trash rock. But to assume that He is simply a sidekick would be a great disservice to the nameless wonder. For this man has captivated audiences, courted controversy, and even released his own music outside the Dwarves concentration camp.

While enjoying a freshly brewed French Roast, He Who Cannot Be Named is checking to see if he’s listed in the obituaries section.

One of the most infamous episodes in the jaw-dropping history of the Dwarves occurred in 1993. The same year that Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, got his GED, and Mattel introduced the “Earring Magic Ken” doll, Blag and his perverted brethren decided to up the ante on publicity stunts. They issued a press release stating that He Who Cannot Be Named had been stabbed to death in Philadelphia, even going so far as including a tribute to the “late” guitarist on the album “Sugarfix”. Their label at the time, the grunge-happy Sub Pop, wasn’t amused by the death hoax, and dropped them like a feces-smeared hot potato. Proving that the good do die young, and the evil are immortal, the Dwarves bounced back in 1997 and began releasing a string of releases, including the ironically titled “The Dwarves Must Die” in 2004. However, in 2010, He took his first step in releasing solo material, beginning with “Sunday School Massacre”. Two years later, it was followed up with “Humaniterrorist”, which saw the release of videos for the selections “Gettin’ Pissed” and “Happy Suicide”. The next album, “LOVE/HATE”, was a repackaging of the previous solo efforts, while a proper third outing, “My Degeneration”, hit the streets in 2016. Issued by Extra Medium Fidelity Records, it had a solid line-up that included Bite guitarist Keith Mueller, drummer Mark Adams of the Black Furies, and bassist Mike Wampler, all hailing from San Francisco. Even while working on these lone wolf projects, He still found time to join the Dwarves for a slew of albums including “The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll” and “Radio Free Dwarves”.

On November 30, Atlanta, Georgia-based Spaghetty Town Records will release the fourth album from our favorite trashy super villain. “The Good, the Bad, and the Brutal” is a twelve song collection that slyly splits up the tracks as having “good” or “bad” in the titles. The opener, “A Good Problem”, is a powerhouse anthem that will appeal to many of those who’ve become jaded with life, and frankly just don’t give a shit about what’s happening around them. It’s a killer stress-reducer that’ll have you singing along after you’ve punched the clock (and maybe your boss). “A Bad Day” melodically takes the listener on the first person perspective of someone who’s so unhappy with life, in total disagreement with those that seem to enjoy theirs, and thinks that birthdays just suck. It’s a catchy one! “Good Guys Of the Wild West” plunges headlong into the bastion of Spaghetti Western punk, complete with horns and “Yippee-ki-yays”, a furious rush of tequila-fueled adrenalin. The rest of the album is nicely compacted with more catchy tunes, rockin’ instrumentation, and humorous, yet truthful lyrics. Keith Mueller has returned to back He, and also along for this hit-and-run joyride is bassist Bobby Ramone and drummer Eric Borst. There’s an eye-opening bevy of guest vocalists including Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes), Chris Barrows (Pink Lincolns), Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag), and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator, the Dwarves). It’s good! It’s bad! It’s brutal! And it’s He…

“Good Kill”:

“A Bad Day”:

To order “The Good, the Bad, and the Brutal”, visit the Spaghetty Town Records website.

To get the latest news on He Who Cannot Be Named, and to purchase merchandise, head over to his own website.

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Joey Camp

Joey Camp is a former podcaster that's worked with the GaragePunk Hideout and Real Punk Radio. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA and you can follow him on Twitter @JoeyCamp70

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