Notes on a Dogmatics reunion and Duncan Wilder Johnson
It was 20 years ago on October 23 that DOGMATICS bassist Paul O’Halloran was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 93. And with that, this local band featuring Peter Halloran (Paul’s twin), drummer Tommy Long, and singer Jerry Lehane were done. They have reunited a number of times over the years in Paul’s memory and will do so again this Saturday, October 14, downstairs at the Middle East. The Dogmatics were one of those smart-ass, somewhat rootsy garage bands who helped define an era in Boston rock, not so much with the two albums they recorded for Homestead as with their raucous live shows. “It seems like a long time ago,” Lehane admits, “but it’s amazing: I think of Paul every day.” He says Paul was the most talented and most likely to still be playing music for a living. Paul’s older brother Jimmy and younger brother Johnny will share his role at the Middle East, joining Peter, Jerry, and Tommy. They hope to raise enough money to restore his old stand-up back to its original luster. Joining them on the bill will be their pals DARKBUSTER (with yet another O’Halloran bro, Danny), LAST STAND, the RAGING TEENS, NEW FRUSTRATIONS, HEAP, and DRAGSVILLE, U.S.A.
The Dogmatics in 1986
Meanwhile, as DUNCAN WILDER JOHNSON heads toward his 30th birthday, he shows no signs of slowing down. The monologuist/rocker has just released a three-CD effort, Workaholica, that comprises a CD, Es Muerto, from his once defunct (now resurrected) band DESTRUCT-A-THON, an EP called Kill It All Away with Eman Pacheco and several guest vocalists, and Duncan Wilder Johnson Has a Short Guy Complex: Spoken Word #4. Johnson plays a record-release party at the Linwood this Friday, October 13, with a reunited Destruct-a-thon, JUCIFER, MOUTH SEWN SHUT, and another band with a new album out, Dave Tree’s SUPERPOWER. “It’s full-on, obnoxious, loud rock punk-metal sludge, non-radio friendly,” he says of the new material. I wouldn’t have expected anything different.
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: New England Music News
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