THE STRYCHNINE BABIES
Formed in 1996 on South Street in Philadelphia, The Strychnine Babies were a chaotic demolition ride fueled by rancid beer and the idea that 3 unhealthy, malnourished, twig boy punk rockers would wake up the streets of Philly from their slumber. Releasing their debut EP "Six Songs for Self-Destruction" in 1997, they accomplished that and much more.
Stories of their disastrous live gigs on the east coast caught the attention of American Punk Records, who brought them to Baltimore to track the notorious "Kill Society" 7 inch. Produced by Rude A. (Jakkpot) and Drew Mazurek, the record was released in early 1998 to rave reviews. Flipside magazine called them "catchier than anything you'll ever hear on the shitty airwaves" and a "must have;" while Maximum Rock n' Roll praised them for "catchy great dual vocals, likened to the Dead Boys and not that far off. A rocker!" The band continued playing shows on the east coast, developing a loyal and intense following that is stronger than ever to this day.
Their next release was the track "Give Me Guns" on the 1998 compilation album "This is American Punk, Volume 1." The album also featured local favorites Electric Frankenstein, Candy Snatchers and many others. Again the band received more praise from countless fanzines and entered the studio to record a full length album.
Throughout the recording, their "live fast, die young" attitude became more than just cliche, causing the band to self-destruct. The master tapes of their final sessions were "lost," and subsequently never released. The Strychnine Babies performed their final show at the legendary Coney Island High in January 1999.
Christian Martucci (Bass and Vocals) moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and went on to play guitar for punk legend Dee Dee Ramone up until his death, later forming The Chelsea Smiles with Howie Pyro and Todd Youth of DGeneration. He has been touring and recording with his new band Black President since 2005 and resides in Portland, Or.
Dave Glass (Drums) continues creating true DIY artwork from his home in South Central Philadelphia; designing album covers and merchandise for everyone from GBH to The Damned.
Eric Dead (Guitar and Vocals) formed Dead City Psychos in 1999 and has remained active in the Philadelphia punk scene since the mid 90's.
Now almost 10 years into the new millennium and 13 years after the bands inception, The Strychnine Babies are back with a new 4 song EP titled "New Religion." An explosive, uncompromising return to form. More powerful and fierce than ever, The Strychnine Babies have resurrected with a new vengeance and attitude that could only come from Hostile City.