Jesse Malin - Vocals
Danny Sage - Guitars & Vocals
Howie Pyro - Bass
Richard Bacchus - Guitars & Vocals
Joe Rizzo - Drums
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Despite troubles with overturned vans, getting thrown out of hotels and off of stages on two separate continents, D Generation have emerged almost unscathed in 1999 with their latest and strongest release Through The Darkness.
Through The Darkness, primarily written on the road during two back-to-back tours with Green Day, shows a D Generation that has clearly used their growing pains to make a leaner, darker, more intense record. It is at once more brooding, scathing, and pop-hooky than its predecessor No Lunch. Produced by veteran Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, T Rex) and engineered/mixed by Bradley Cook (Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Dwarves), D Generation, for years regarded (even by their enemies) as a must-see band, have been captured live on tape. Jesse Malin's bittersweet voice is fueled by sadness and anger, while still sounding as if searching for hope. Danny Sage's guitars are beautifully melodic while remaining sharp as razors. The rhythm section of bass player Howie Pyro and drummer Michael Wildwood slams and pounds as one, getting together with the addition of Todd Youth's (ex-Murphy's Law) iron-fisted guitar playing. In early February �99, D Generation�s original guitarist Richard Bacchus returned to the band replacing Todd Youth and Michael Wildwood was replaced by drummer Joe Rizzo.
Together D Gen rip through titles like "Helpless" (the album's lead track and first single which is also featured on the soundtrack to the The Faculty) and "Lonely," which convey the isolation and alienation of life in 1999; "Chinatown" and "Hatred" deal with discrimination--racial and otherwise. Some songs, particularly "Sick On The Radio" and "Every Mother's Son" take a shot at the watering down and commonality of rock and roll in a world full of corporate "rock dudes." "Rise and Fall" is a biting indictment of 1998's hollow heroes and villains and the general shallowness now being offered to people disguised as entertainment and culture.
Musically Through The Darkness is a broader, much more eclectic work that shows exactly why D Generation has been invited to tour with bands as diverse as Green Day, KISS, Social Distortion, L7, Cheap Trick, The Ramones, and H2O. Like other unique bands before them (Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, and lately Radiohead), D Generation defy categorization. The band has always been about one thing above all else: songs. Whatever label people have tried to affix now seems irrelevant. Through The Darkness is 100% pure D Generation.
Formed in 1991 by childhood friends, the band has had more than its share of ups and downs. Through six years of touring, recording, and trouble-making in general, they've overcome and survived, arriving to spit out their second CD for Columbia Records, Through The Darkness, just in time for the millennium. Just think of it as a soundtrack for the end of the world.
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