LOUD! FAST! PHILLY Episode 58: Dave “Bass” Brown of Negative FX

Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Dave “Bass” Brown. Dave grew up around Philadelphia and started going to underground/punk shows at the Hot Club in the late 1970s. He went on to form the band The Ecstatics with Cordy Swope, later of Ruin (and also interviewed in this series). Upon moving to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, Dave played in a band with Aimee Mann. Most essential for L!F!P!, Dave played drums in the short-lived but legendary Boston hardcore band Negative FX (with Jack “Choke” Kelly, later of Last Rights and Slapshot on vocals). We talk about the being in the band, their demo and sole LP, Dave’s disdain for the record’s Charles Manson cover, the tremendous influence this LP has had on bands on over the years, the infamous Choke, and the early HC scene. We also talk about some of Dave’s other music projects, like playing in The Lyres and the Straw Dogs, as well as releasing rare Philly soul records.

This interview is preceded by a short (about four minutes) introduction by Joseph.

Photos by Karen Kirchhoff

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Joseph A. Gervasi

Joseph co-owns DiabolikDVD.com, programs films and events as a founding member of Exhumed Films, and is a freelance writer, reviewing films for Cinedelphia. Joseph was a founding member of the Cabbage Collective in Philadelphia and Orgasmic Productions in NJ, organizing DIY hardcore punk and spoken word shows. He also "sang" in The Orgasmic Toilet Band (TOTB). He edited NO LONGER A FANzine (NLAFz) and co-edited the later stages of Philly Zine. Gervasi co-conceived The Valerie Project with Greg Weeks.

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