The Steal were an English hardcore punk band, from Kingston upon Thames and Brighton. They formed in late 2005, were influenced by Minor Threat, 7 Seconds and Kid Dynamite. In 2006 they completed a UK tour with American punk bands Set Lifetime, they were signed to Banquet Records, who organise shows in and around the Kingston upon Thames area in Greater London. In July 2006 the band recorded a live session for BBC Radio 1's The Lock Up show. In August 2007, the band released their debut album in the US on Get Outta Town Records, toured the US East Coast. Shortly after this went on an unofficial hiatus for seven months at the end of which, in April 2008, they toured with Against Me! and released some new material in the way of a split 7" single with another Brighton band, Beat Express. In 2008, the band began writing Bright Grey in Devon, England; the album was recorded in two days. It was released on 29 September 2008. In this year the band recorded a second live session for The Lock Up show, they played their final concert at The Peel on 18 September 2009, in their hometown of Kingston upon Thames, supporting Paint It Black.
The band split into two, forming Sauna Pacer. Bassist Dave House has released four albums and two splits of solo material that dates back to 2004 before The Steal began. Richard Phoenix: drums Mark Pavey: vocals Lindsay Corstorphine: guitar Dave House: bass guitar Official website Official MySpace profile
Propagandhi is a Canadian punk rock band formed in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 1986 by guitarist Chris Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky. The band is located in Winnipeg and completed by bassist Todd Kowalski and guitarist Sulynn Hago. While their earlier work was aligned with the punk rock and skate punk tradition, in years Propagandhi records have moved towards a heavier and more technical heavy metal-influenced sound. Both in their lyrics and hands-on activism, the band's members champion various left wing and anarchist causes and veganism, have taken a vocal stance against human rights violations, racism, homophobia, imperialism and organized religion. In 1986, Samolesky and Hannah recruited original bassist Scott Hopper via a "progressive thrash band looking for bass player" flyer posted in a local record shop. Hopper was replaced three years by Mike Braumeister, which completed the first lineup to perform live. After the band established itself through several demos and larger shows, including one with Fugazi, Braumeister moved to Vancouver, John K. Samson became the band's third bassist.
In 1992, Propagandhi played a show with California punk rock band NOFX and included in their set a cover version of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me". Impressed by their performance, NOFX front man Fat Mike signed them to his independent record label Fat Wreck Chords; the band accompanied him to Los Angeles, where they recorded their debut album, How to Clean Everything, released in 1993. The band spent the next three years touring and issuing several smaller releases, including the How to Clean a Couple o' Things single on Fat Wreck Chords, a split 10" record with I Spy, a split 7" with F. Y. P, the double 7" Where Quality is Job No. 1, the latter three on Recess Records. In 1996, they released their second album, Less Talk, More Rock, via Fat Wreck Chords; the title was ironic, as they had become well known for lengthy song explanations and speeches during live performances. The album was more politicized than its predecessor, with such song titles as "Apparently, I'm a'P. C. Fascist'", "Nailing Descartes to the Wall/ Meat Is Still Murder", "...
And We Thought Nation-States Were a Bad Idea". Ramsey Kanaan, founder of the anarchist publishing company AK Press, appears on "A Public Dis-Service Announcement from Shell" as the voice of the petroleum multinational. Partial proceeds of the album were donated to other activist groups. Less Talk, More Rock caused some controversy at the time of its release due to the band's pro feminism and "gay positive" stance which, according to Hannah, clashed with the sexist and homophobic culture of the West Coast punk rock scene that the band had become associated with. After Less Talk, More Rock's release, Samson formed The Weakerthans. Todd Kowalski of Propagandhi's touring mates I Spy and the political grindcore band Swallowing Shit, replaced him. Hannah and Samolesky founded the record label G7 Welcoming Committee Records, which released The Weakerthans' first album; the label structured itself around the participatory economic proposals of Robin Hahnel and Michael Albert. The band issued. 1, a collection of EP and compilation tracks and live songs.
In 2001, Propagandhi released their third album, Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes. The album was considered by some to be a major departure from their previous works; the song titles and lyrics of Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes furthered the sphere of their political views, bolstered by the addition of Kowalski's aggressive songwriting and an increased density of guitar lines. The album includes enhanced content, with political videos and essays concerning such topics as COINTELPRO and the Black Panther Party. Propagandhi released the album Potemkin City Limits on October 18, 2005. Like its predecessor, the album features multimedia content, with a number of PDF files on topics such as participatory economics and veganism, links to websites of organizations that Propagandhi support; the album's opening track, "A Speculative Fiction", won the 2006 SOCAN Songwriting Prize by online vote. Propagandhi pledged to use the $5000 prize to make donations to the Haiti Action Network and The Welcome Place, an organization in Winnipeg for which they'd done volunteer work which helps refugees start new lives in Manitoba.
Hannah adopted the pseudonym Glen Lambert in the run-up to and immediate aftermath of the release of Potemkin City Limits, causing confusion among some fans and commentators. This coincided with the addition of second guitarist David Guillas, marking the band's first four-piece lineup in their then-twenty year career. Guillas, nicknamed "The Beaver", was a former member of two Winnipeg-based rock outfits, Giant Sons and Rough Music. Hannah had stated that he had been a fan of, influenced by, Guillas' work in Giant Sons. In 2007, the band released a DVD entitled Live from Occupied Territory, which features a recording of their set at The Zoo in Winnipeg on July 19, 2003. Proceeds of the DVD benefit the Middle East Children's Alliance. Included on the DVD are two full-length documentaries: Peace and the Promised Land, As Long as the Rivers Flow; the band spent the following years working on their fifth record. During the recording sessions, Hannah stated that to his ears the record "resemble a nuclear-powered space-age composite of Potemkin City Limits, Less Talk More Rock, Giant Son's Anthology and
Nerf Herder is an American rock band from Santa Barbara, formed in 1994 by Parry Gripp, Charlie Dennis and Steve Sherlock. They describe themselves as a "geek rock" band, are known for simplistic modern punk-style songs with humorous and pop-culture-referencing lyrics, they are the inventors of the “nerdcore” music sub-genre, a reference to bands form Oxnard who called themselves “Nard”-core, which Gripp updated in the mid-90s to explain Nerf Herder and their nerdy influences. Their 1997 single "Van Halen", a tribute to the band of the same name, received significant radio airplay and led to their first major record deal with Arista Records, they composed and performed the theme music to the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nerf Herder was formed in Santa Barbara in 1994 by Parry Gripp, Charlie Dennis, Steve Sherlock. Dennis left the band after the release of their debut self-titled album, was replaced first by Pete Newbury, with Dave Ehrlich joining as a second guitarist. Newbury's tenure touring with the band was, short-lived.
He was replaced in 1999 by bassist Marko 72, by Justin Fisher, who played bass and keyboards on two albums. In 1999, Nerf Herder asked Arista to release them from their contract, so they could move forward with a new record, How To Meet Girls, with Honest Don's Records, a subsidiary of Fat Wreck Chords. A special EP for My Records entitled My EP was released in 2001, was followed in 2002 by their album American Cheese. In April 2003, Nerf Herder appeared as the musical guest in the final-season Buffy episode "Empty Places" – the last band to play at The Bronze, their special connection to the series was further acknowledged by a bit of dialogue, as "Rock City News" played in the background: Kennedy: What kind of band plays during an apocalypse? Dawn: I think this band might be one of the signs. By 2003, after the final American Cheese tour dates—during which time Ben Pringle had replaced Fisher —the band disintegrated. No official split was announced, but a post by Gripp on the band's website some time afterwards detailed how most of the former band members had gone on to get normal jobs.
Gripp did some work as a jingle writer, which led to his 2005 solo album For Those About To Shop, We Salute You, a 51-track concept album mimicking various musical styles and focusing on product commercialization. In late 2005, Nerf Herder made a surprise comeback, announcing on their website that they were playing a handful of gigs with the original lineup of Gripp and Sherlock. For Gripp's May 7, 2007 review of the day, he announced that the original lineup had finished recording their 4th album, which did not have a title at that time. Gripp stated that idea was shot down, he stated that of the 13 songs recorded, they would pick 10 to be on the album. In June 2007, the band decided on the title Nerf Herder IV, the album was released through Oglio Records on April 29, 2008. Pringle returned, Former Size 14 singer Linus of Hollywood joined the live band in early 2008 for a series of West Coast shows and a short tour of Japan. In 2014, Nerf Herder began working on album number five, entitled Rockingham, released on March 11, 2016.
As of 2018, Nerf Herder has continued to perform live and is writing and recording new material. The band takes their name from the Star Wars franchise. A "nerf" is a domesticated, bison-like quadruped, bred as fatstock. In the film The Empire Strikes Back, Leia insults Han Solo for asserting that she has romantic feelings for him: "Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherder!" Solo takes exception: "Who's scruffy-looking...?" Studio albumsNerf Herder My Records/Arista Records How to Meet Girls Honest Don's Records American Cheese Honest Don's Records Nerf Herder IV Oglio Records Rockingham Golfshirt RecordsExtended playsMy E. P. My Records High Voltage Christmas Rock self-releasedSinglesCompilation album appearancesThe following are songs that have been featured on compilations that have not been released on any of the band's albums or EPs Happy Meals: A Smorgasbord of My Fav Songs My Records – "Sorry" BASEketball soundtrack Mojo/Universal – "Don't Hate Me" Short Music For Short People Fat Wreck Chords – "Doin' Laundry" Metal Rules: Tribute to Bad Hair Days Priority Records – "Kiss Me Deadly" Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album TVT Records – "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme" Happy Meals Vol. 2 - The Perfect Marriage My Records – "Hospital" Happy Meals Volume 3 My Records – "Jacket" That Darn Punk Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Kung Fu Records – "Siegfried and Roy" Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault: Jawbreaker Tribute Dying Wish Records – "Chesterfield King" Wrecktrospective Fat Wreck Chords – "5000 Ways to Die" Have a Crappy Summer Crappy Records – "I'm the Droid You're Looking For" Dog Songs – "Gary and the Princess" Official website Nerf Herder on Fat Wreck
Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock, they produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; the term "punk rock" was first used by certain American rock critics in the early 1970s to describe 1960s garage bands and subsequent acts perceived as stylistic inheritors. Between 1974 and 1976 the movement now called. By late 1976, bands such as Television and the Ramones in New York City, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned in London, the Saints in Brisbane were recognized as forming its vanguard; as 1977 approached, punk became a major and controversial cultural phenomenon in the UK. It spawned a punk subculture expressing youthful rebellion through distinctive styles of clothing and adornment and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies.
In 1977 the influence of the music and subculture became more pervasive. It took root in a wide range of local scenes that rejected affiliation with the mainstream. In the late 1970s, punk experienced a second wave as new acts that were not active during its formative years adopted the style. By the early 1980s, faster and more aggressive subgenres such as hardcore punk, street punk and anarcho-punk became the predominant modes of punk rock. Musicians identifying with or inspired by punk pursued other musical directions, giving rise to spinoffs such as post-punk, new wave, indie pop, alternative rock, noise rock. By the 1990s, punk re-emerged in the mainstream with the success of punk rock and pop punk bands such as Green Day, The Offspring, Blink-182; the first wave of punk rock was "aggressively modern" and differed from what came before. According to Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, "In its initial form, a lot of stuff was innovative and exciting. What happens is that people who could not hold a candle to the likes of Hendrix started noodling away.
Soon you had endless solos. By 1973, I knew that what was needed was some pure, stripped down, no bullshit rock'n' roll." John Holmstrom, founding editor of Punk magazine, recalls feeling "punk rock had to come along because the rock scene had become so tame that like Billy Joel and Simon and Garfunkel were being called rock and roll, when to me and other fans and roll meant this wild and rebellious music." In critic Robert Christgau's description, "It was a subculture that scornfully rejected the political idealism and Californian flower-power silliness of hippie myth." Technical accessibility and a Do. UK pub rock from 1972-1975 contributed to the emergence of punk rock by developing a network of small venues, such as pubs, where non-mainstream bands could play. Pub rock introduced the idea of independent record labels, such as Stiff Records, which put out basic, low-cost records. Pub rock bands put out small pressings of their records. In the early days of punk rock, this DIY ethic stood in marked contrast to what those in the scene regarded as the ostentatious musical effects and technological demands of many mainstream rock bands.
Musical virtuosity was looked on with suspicion. According to Holmstrom, punk rock was "rock and roll by people who didn't have many skills as musicians but still felt the need to express themselves through music". In December 1976, the English fanzine Sideburns published a now-famous illustration of three chords, captioned "This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band"; the title of a 1980 single by the New York punk band Stimulators, "Loud Fast Rules!", inscribed a catchphrase for punk's basic musical approach. Some of British punk rock's leading figures made a show of rejecting not only contemporary mainstream rock and the broader culture it was associated with, but their own most celebrated music predecessors: "No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones in 1977", declared the Clash song "1977"; the previous year, when the punk rock revolution began in Great Britain, was to be both a musical and a cultural "Year Zero". As nostalgia was discarded, many in the scene adopted a nihilistic attitude summed up by the Sex Pistols slogan "No Future".
While "self-imposed alienation" was common among "drunk punks" and "gutter punks", there was always a tension between their nihilistic outlook and the "radical leftist utopianism" of bands such as Crass, who found positive, liberating meaning in the movement. As a Clash associate describes singer Joe Strummer's outlook, "Punk rock is meant to be our freedom. We're meant to be able to do what we want to do."The issue of authenticity is important in the punk subculture—the pejorative term "poseur" is applied to those who associate with punk and adopt its stylistic attributes but are deemed not to share or understand the underlying values and philosophy. Scholar Daniel S. Traber argues that "attaining authenticity in the punk identity can be difficult".
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire conurbations, Greater Glasgow and the Liverpool Built-up Area; the United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution; the nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
It has been a leading member state of the European Union and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, since 1973. The United Kingdom is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization; the 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of England and Scotland were "United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain". The term "United Kingdom" has been used as a description for the former kingdom of Great Britain, although its official name from 1707 to 1800 was "Great Britain"; the Acts of Union 1800 united the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of Ireland in 1801, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the partition of Ireland and the independence of the Irish Free State in 1922, which left Northern Ireland as the only part of the island of Ireland within the United Kingdom, the name was changed to the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
Although the United Kingdom is a sovereign country, Scotland and Northern Ireland are widely referred to as countries. The UK Prime Minister's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the United Kingdom; some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the United Kingdom refer to Scotland and Northern Ireland as "regions". Northern Ireland is referred to as a "province". With regard to Northern Ireland, the descriptive name used "can be controversial, with the choice revealing one's political preferences"; the term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England and Wales in combination. However, it is sometimes used as a loose synonym for the United Kingdom as a whole; the term "Britain" is used both as a synonym for Great Britain, as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Usage is mixed, with the BBC preferring to use Britain as shorthand only for Great Britain and the UK Government, while accepting that both terms refer to the United K
The Vandals are a punk rock band from the United States established in 1980 in Orange County, California. They have released ten full-length studio albums, two live albums, have toured the world extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour, they are well known for their use of humor, preferring to use their music as a vehicle for comedy and sarcasm rather than as a platform for more serious issues. As of 2000, they are signed to Kung Fu Records; the band's lineup fluctuated over their first nine years, though founding members Steven Ronald Jensen, guitarist Jan Nils Ackermann, first consistent drummer Joe Escalante remained regular fixtures. Of the early members, only Escalante has remained through all subsequent incarnations of the band; the current lineup of Escalante, Dave Quackenbush, Warren Fitzgerald, Josh Freese has remained intact since 1990 and is considered far removed from the band's early 1980s incarnation. Since 2002 Escalante has released all of the band's albums through his Kung Fu Records label, with Fitzgerald producing.
The Vandals formed in 1980 in California by guitarist Jan Nils Ackermann. Soon vocalist Steven Ronald "Stevo" Jensen was found and he and Ackermann practiced and performed with a rotating cast of other members before a permanent lineup coalesced to include bassist Steve "Human" Pfauter and drummer Joe Escalante. Other early members included Steve Gonzalez on Vince Mesa on drums; the band built a reputation in the Los Angeles and Orange County punk rock community which included bands such as Bad Religion, Black Flag, T. S. O. L. X, the Germs, Suicidal Tendencies, The Dickies, Social Distortion; the Vandals distinguished themselves in their scene by sticking to humorous subject matter rather than the typical social and political topics addressed by most punk bands of the time. In 1982 the group became the second band to sign with Epitaph Records, the Los Angeles label run by Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, who released their first EP Peace thru Vandalism; the record contained several songs that would become fan favorites and remained in the band's live set well into the 1990s, including "Urban Struggle," which became a local hit after receiving airplay on KROQ-FM's Rodney on the ROQ program.
Most of the record's subject material was drawn directly from the band's own experiences in their local punk rock scene. "The Legend of Pat Brown" told tales of a substance-abusing friend of the band, notorious for causing mayhem, while "Pirate's Life" dealt with the experience of riding Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride while taking LSD. The aforementioned "Urban Struggle" dealt with the constant fights that would occur between the punk rock fans who congregated at a Costa Mesa club called the Cuckoo's Nest and the country music fans who gathered at nearby Zubie's. "Anarchy Burger" approached the philosophy of anarchism, advocated by many early punk bands, from a humorous perspective and became one of the band's most popular songs throughout their career. In 1984 the band appeared in the film Suburbia by invitation of director Penelope Spheeris, who had directed the influential The Decline of Western Civilization, they played a benefit concert for the Cypress College Young Republicans, along with the Circle Jerks, The Dickies, D.
I. and Plain Wrap, an action which prompted derision from the traditionally leftist and anarchist punk community. It would not be the last time the band's actions would draw criticism, with their music maintaining an apolitical position; when Pfauter left the band in 1984, Eric VonArab filled in on bass while the band was writing and rehearsing for their first album until Brent Turner was brought in to play bass on the recording of that album, When in Rome Do as the Vandals. By the time of its release in 1985 on National Trust Records Chalmer Lumary had joined as the band's full-time bassist; the album explored different musical styles and contained several songs that would become fan favorites. "Ladykiller" incorporated scratching and dance beats, while "Mohawk Town" explored a mixture of punk rock and country music. Personality clashes between members led to Stevo's departure from the band shortly thereafter, he was replaced by Dave Quackenbush of the band Falling Idols, who has remained the Vandals' vocalist.
In 1987 the band appeared in Dudes. By 1989 Lumary had left the band and Robbie Allen joined them in the studio to play bass on the album Slippery When Ill; the album was something of a departure from the punk rock formula of their previous releases, fusing country and western styles with their humorous brand of punk into a sound the band called "cow punk," somewhat mocking the resurgence in popularity of country music in their native Huntington Beach. The joking style confused many of their fans and the album would remain in obscurity until its 1999 re-release as The Vandals Play Really Bad Original Country Tunes. By the time of the album's release the band had recruited new drummer Doug MacKinnon and Escalante had moved to bass, a position he would remain in for the rest of the band's career. Following the release of Slippery When Ill the band went through several lineup changes, as drummer MacKinnon and founding-guitarist Ackermann both left the group. With Escalante asserting control over the band, Ackermann, T.
S. O. L. Drummer Todd Barnes played a show billed as The Vandals as S. N. I. V.. Escalante has stated that the older members relinquished control of the band's name and rights to him in exchange for permission to play the show, but the others deny this claim and point out that Escalante served an injunction against them during the pe
The Suicide Machines
The Suicide Machines are an American punk rock band formed in March 1991 in Detroit and disbanded in May 2006. Since 2009, the band has played reunion shows. During the course of their career the band released six full-length albums on the labels Hollywood Records and Side One Dummy Records. Though they experienced several lineup changes over the years, founding members Jason Navarro and Dan Lukacinsky remained regular fixtures; the band's musical style blended elements of punk rock and hardcore into a genre popularly known as ska punk or "ska-core," which characterized their first two albums. During the middle of their career they shifted gears, moving away from this sound and producing two albums with a heavy pop rock influence, their final two albums moved back towards their mid-1990s style, bringing back heavy ska punk and hardcore elements. Despite being signed to a major record label for their first four albums, The Suicide Machines did not experience significant mainstream success. However, they did achieve a high level of underground recognition through relentless touring, including multiple performances on the Warped Tour.
This trend continued when the band moved to an independent label for their last four years, before their breakup brought an abrupt end to the band's career. The Suicide Machines formed in 1991 in Detroit, Michigan under the original name Jack Kevorkian and the Suicide Machines; the band's original lineup consisted of Jason Navarro on vocals, Dan Lukacinsky on guitar, Jason Brake on bass, Stefan Rairigh on drums. This lineup lasted a year until Bill Jennings replaced Rairigh, but he was soon replaced by Derek Grant, they recorded the band's first demos The Essential Kevorkian and Green World in 1993 and 1994, both released through their own label Sluggo's Old Skool Records. They released the "Vans Song" 7" single on Youth Rendition Records. Brake left the group in 1994 and was replaced by Dave Smith until Royce Nunley joined as the new permanent bass player; the lineup of Navarro, Lukacinsky and Grant would last for the next four years. This lineup reduced the band's name to The Suicide Machines and recorded the Skank for Brains split album with The Rudiments.
In 1995 the band signed to a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. 1996 saw the release of Destruction by Definition. Its blend of punk rock and ska brought them national attention in the midst of the mid-1990s punk rock mainstream revival; the single "No Face" became a minor hit on modern rock radio stations and the album was supported through extensive touring across the United States. They released a follow-up in 1998 entitled Battle Hymns, which continued their ska punk style while incorporating more aggressive elements of hardcore punk and sociopolitical lyrics, with nearly all of its songs lasting under two minutes in length. Following the release of Battle Hymns Grant left the band, he went on to play with numerous groups including Thoughts of Ionesco, The Vandals, Face to Face, Telegraph before finding a permanent position in the Alkaline Trio. He was replaced by Erin Pitman for some touring before new permanent drummer Ryan Vandeberghe joined. In 2000 this lineup released The Suicide Machines, a more pop rock oriented effort that moved away from the ska influences of their earlier releases.
They received some radio and video play for the single "Sometimes I Don't Mind" and performed on the Warped Tour that summer. In 2001 they released Steal This Record, which continued their exploration of pop punk style while mixing in elements of their earlier ska punk and hardcore albums. Following touring in support of Steal This Record bassist Nunley left The Suicide Machines to start his own band, Blueprint 76, was replaced by Rich Tschirhart; the band ended their contract with Hollywood Records, fulfilling their contractual obligations by releasing the compilation album The Least Worst of the Suicide Machines. They moved to the independent label Side One Dummy Records, their next album A Match and Some Gasoline, released in 2003, found the band abandoning the pop experimentations of their previous two albums and returning more to the ska punk and hardcore styles of their earlier years. They continued exploring sociopolitical themes in songs such as "Did You Ever Get a Feeling of Dread?" and "Your Silence," which were critical of President George W. Bush's administration, its response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
They again performed on the Warped Tour. In 2005 the band released the album War Profiteering is Killing Us All, which continued their political themes by attacking the Bush White House, the continuation of the Iraq War, conservative Republicanism. Navarro launched his own record label, Noise Riot Records, released On the Eve of Destruction: 1991-1995, a compilation of the band's early EPs, demos. In 2006, while touring in support of War Profiteering is Killing Us All, the band abruptly broke up. Explanations given by the band members for this included Vandeberghe's desire to take a break from touring, which he did while friend Steve McCrumb filled for a performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on May 11. A tour of Mexico had been planned to follow this, Navarro had suggested that the band perform its final shows that Christmas. However, interpersonal tensions came to a head after the Troubadour show when Lukacinsky refused to finish the tour. Lukacinsky himself further elaborated. Following the band's breakup Navarro and Vandeberghe continued working with Left in Ruin, a band they had started as a Suicide Machines side project and had worked on and off with for