Bad Brains have launched Bad Brains Records, a new imprint under Org Music, and are planning to reissue their back catalog through the label. Dave Gardner has remastered most of the releases and they will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette, and digitally.
Bassist Darryl Jenifer commented:
“Hey what’s up Bad Brains family – Darryl Jenifer here. I’m proud to announce to you the blessings and return of all Bad Brains master rights / recordings to Bad Brains and out of Babylonian captivity. These rights and other items include master reels, recently discovered photos, and etc. Thanks to JAH and all involved in this glorious feat. Stay tuned for the “re-everything” involved in all of our NINE studio albums and more. Big UP to Org Music for their faith, hard work, and dedication to BAD BRAINS RECORDS WE GOT THAT PMA 2020 and beyond.”
Org Music‘s Andrew J. Rossiter added:
“As longtime fans of the Bad Brains, it’s a huge honor and a pleasure to work with the group and reissue their seminal releases. It’s an incredible feeling to see the masters coming back to the band, with the records being issued on their own Bad Brains Records imprint. It’s been a long journey, often akin to a treasure hunt, uncovering lost master tapes, unreleased recordings, never before seen photos, and archives from decades past. We couldn’t be more excited to share the results with the world.”
Here’s the tentative release schedule:
February 2021: “Pay To Cum”
April 2021: “Bad Brains”
May 2021: “I & I Survive”
June 2021: “Rock For Light” (original mix)
August 2021: “Quickness”
October 2021: “The Youth Are Getting Restless (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam, 1987)”
The paperback edition of Bad Brains frontman Paul “H.R.” Hudson’s “Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains” will be release on July 23. The book was authored by Howie Abrams and James Lathos and this latest edition will come with a new chapter focusing on H.R.’s battle with SUNCT syndrome and the brain surgery he underwent to remedy the condition. It also talks about Bad Brains’ most recent reunion with all four original members. On top of that, the paperback will also feature a new foreword by Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, who performed live with the group during their latest shows. Blythe also contributed a portrait of H.R. for the book’s back cover, taken from his upcoming photo book “Frontman.” H.R. will be signing copies of the book and playing an acoustic set at Generation Records in New York City on July 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
It looks like Bad Brains are working on a new album. H.R. confirmed the news during an interview with Joel Gausten.
Here’s what H.R. had to say about the band’s future:
“The future looks bright! We got a great new manager. We just came from doing a little tour over the summer, and we’re just waiting for the weather to break and we’ll be on our way to do more festival work.”
“Any day now, we’re scheduled to go into the studio and do some more work on a new album. The greatest album that we did, ‘Into The Future‘, came off great, and I really like working with the fellas.”
The singer also revealed that the group have added second guitarist Chogyi Lama to their lineup, and that he wants to go out and spread more PMA (positive mental attitude) in the world:
“I think that people overall need to listen to more good music! (laughs) What they need to do is put down the sword and learn to be forgiving towards each other, just give a chance to let peace rule over their bad, negative feelings and be more positive with listening to good music and being supportive of the good scene that’s happening.”
Furthermore, H.R. has also been writing material with his solo band Human Rights:
“It’s grown, and it’s full of life and spirit. It’s just a combustion of new music. When you heard it, you’ll understand just where I’m coming from. It gives me great joy and happiness, and the music is a lot happier and more fulfilling for me as an artist.”
The “Finding Joseph I” documentary about Bad Brains’ Paul “HR” Hudson is set to be released on DVD on November 3. That film was directed by James Lathos, and it focuses on the life of the frontman through previously unseen archival footage, interviews, etc.
You can still catch the film in select theaters as well:
10/14 – Seattle @ Grand Illusio
10/17-18 – New Orleans @ Zeitgeist Arts Center
10/28 – Los Angeles @ Regent Theater (HR and Lathos in attendance)
10/18 – London @ Komedia Picturehouse Brighton
10/19 – London @ Tramshed Cinema – Cardiff
10/21-22 – Switzerland @ Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2017
Last month, Bad Brains played a surprise show at the Okay Space art gallery in Brooklyn, NY as part of Darryl Jenifer‘s art exhibit, and now some official footage of that can be seen below. Considering H.R. is still recovering from brain surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest he suffered in 2015, the band only played six songs with a couple of guests helping them out, including original singer Sid McCray and Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe.
Bad Brains played a surprise show at the Okay Space art gallery in Brooklyn, NY yesterday (June 8) as part of Darryl Jenifer‘s art exhibit. Considering H.R. is still recovering from brain surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest he suffered in 2015, the band only played six songs with a couple of guests helping them out, including original singer Sid McCray and Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe. You can see footage of that below:
Before undergoing brain surgery, Bad Brains’ H.R. was recently interviewed by Loudwire about his new memoir “Finding Joseph I,” and he said that Bad Brains may be hitting the road later this year. Despite this, tour details are obviously still up in the air since H.R. still needs time to recover from his surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest.
“I was talking with the bass player [Darryl Jenifer] and we were looking at the fall, in autumn, maybe. We’ll do some rehearsals, rehearsing a setlist that they had wanted to play and I decided to go ahead and play it with them. Darryl had come to me through the telephone and said, ‘I’m committed to you,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m committed to you.’”
Bad Brains’s Paul “HR” Hudson, who has been suffering with SUNCT (a rare neurobiological disorder that causes extreme headaches) will soon be undergoing brain surgery for his condition on February 21. He told Loudwire the following about the surgery:
“[My wife] took me to the hospital so I would learn about what was going on in my head, because I was experiencing bad headaches at the time. And the doctor came to me and he said we’re going to have a surgery.”
Until now, he has been handling the disorder with a “cocktail of pharmaceuticals” and holistic substances. As previously announced a GoFundMe campaign that was launched for him in March 2016.