Bruise news 11/16/10: West Memphis 3, Descendents, 7 Seconds, Cobra Skulls, Danzig & Plaster Caster

West Memphis 3 finally granted reviews
West Memphis 3
 In stunning news out of Little Rock, Arkansas: After 17 years Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley (AKA the West Memphis Three) were finally granted new hearings by the state’s Supreme Court. The hearings which will be overseen by a circuit court, will review evidence (including DNA) that was not presented in the three’s notorious 1993 trials surrounding a case where they were tried and convicted of murdering 3 young boys (a case where most believe the 3 men’s counter cultural appearance and affinity for metal had more to do with the outcome than the facts). Following the new hearings, the circuit court will then decide whether or not the newly introduced evidence merits a new trial, which has the obvious implications of ultimately leading to what most familiar with the case believe to be justice, setting the 3 men free.
 Visit  for more info on the case.

Descendents back from hibernation?

Good news for fans of the Descendents, in separate interviews, both Milo Auckerman( ) and Karl Alvarez ( ) drop hints to the potential of a handful of upcoming mini-tours following the band’s performance at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in November and their “one-off“ trip to Australia in December. Both also explain how professional and family lives have rightfully taken priority over the band’s productivity. No solid dates or further details, but in the interview Alvarez also goes as far as to mention the possibility of a new record. Here's to keeping our fingers crossed.

A Death in the Family
7 Seconds - Skins, Brains & Guts
 Sad news out of the 7 Seconds camp; former vocalist Jimmy "Dim Menace" Borghino passed away last week. Originally with 7 Seconds for the 1st year, along with his brother Tom (AKA Tom Munist), the two later went on to form the band Section 8. Although recordings with Jimmy at the helm are scarce, most will recall Borghino’s iconic image from the Skins, Brains & Guts EP.

Kevin Seconds had this to say via his Facebook account:

- extremely sad news, confirmed earlier tonight: Jimmy "Dim Menace" Borghino, 7Secs' 1st singer, passed away yesterday. i don't have many details but it has been confirmed by 3 friends close to the family. Sadly, Dim & I hadn't been in touch much over the last 10 years or so but this is terrible news. my thoughts go out to the Borghino and Froines family.

-for the record (since a few people have asked): initially, I didn't want to sing in 7Seconds. i just wanted to play guitar. our first drummer Tom suggested we try out his younger brother Jimmy (Dim) to sing for us. Jimmy was in the band for about a year and then formed the great (and sadly obscure) Section 8 (their song, "Fat Drunk & Stupid" appeared on MRR's 'Not So Quiet On The Western Front' comp and was, in my opinion, 1 of the best songs on it. 

-like i said, I lost touch with Jimmy years back. he was at a 7Secs Reno show back in 2001 but that was the last time i saw him.

-way too young to go. way too young.

Cobra Skulls announce Fat EP
Cobra Skulls (bandannas)
Reno, Nevada’s Cobra Skulls recently signed to Fat Wreckchords and are already stirring up controversy with the name of their upcoming EP Bringing the War Home. Some will recall the name as a reference to the slogan used by the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organization during the Viet Nam war. The slogan was created by John Jacobs, a leader in both the SDS and the affiliated Weatherman organization, and who is most noted as an advocate of overthrowing the United States government by violent means. I say, sounds like par for the course. Afterall, this is punk rock isn’t it? Singer Devin Peralta recently commented about the EP and it’s title on, you can find the article here:

Bring the war home

Cynthia “Plaster Caster” for Chicago Mayor
Cynthia Plaster Caster
With crime on the rise, impending financial doom and parking meters from hell, Chicago needs a mayor with a hands on approach now more than ever. And who better I ask, than Cynthia “Plaster Caster” Albritton. A self made woman who gained nation-wide attention through the 60’s and 70’s for making plaster casts of rock stars weiners.
According to her website she's the an obvious choice because “she has learned that if you want to make a difference in the world, you must be willing to roll up your sleeves and participate.” She's got our vote!

You can find more information on Cynthia’s candidacy on her official website @

The Queers head Back to the Basement
The Queers - Back to the Basement
Joe Queer and company are streaming their entire new album Back to the Basement @

From the first listen, it looks to have at least a couple of Love songs for the Retarded moments and that's pretty cool in our book. The album hits stores today.

Danzig pulls out of Minneapolis gig due to low ceilings?
Danzig Kitty Litter

As if being K.O.ed on video and being photographed toting a box of kitty litter weren’t bad enough for his punk-rock-tough-guy-come-dark-lord credibility, according to Michelle Metz, an employee at Minneapolis, Minnesota’s The Cabooze bar/venue; on November 9th, Mr. Evil himself, Glenn Danzig cancelled a performance there hours before the show was set to begin. Why you ask? According to Metz “…the ceiling wasn't high enough.
Danzig went on Fargo, North Dakota’s KQWB FM the next day to clarify “Basically, we couldn't do our show there, but we had the other bands play . . . We tried to make it work, but at the end of the day it was a production call." 

The Cabooze responded by way of their marqee:
The entire interview with Michelle Metz is here:


  1. You would think that a man of his stature would have no problem with low ceilings.

  2. Danzig is a butt-plug.