Battalion of Saints
Battalion of Saints (2018)
|Origin||San Diego, Southern California|
|Labels||Mystic, Enigma Records, Taang!|
Joey Wrecked (Maya)
Captain Scarlett(David Lloyd)
Terry "Tezz" Roberts
Battalion of Saints is a hardcore punk rock band from San Diego, California that was founded in 1980. The band went through numerous lineup changes before touring the United States and Canada from 1984-1985 with George Anthony, Chris Smith, James Cooper and Joey Wrecked (Maya). Half-way through the 55-city summer 1985 tour, the road manager, Captain Scarlett(David Lloyd) replaced James Cooper on bass. The band officially broke up in 1985. Singer George Anthony re-formed the band in 1995 with Terry "Tezz" Roberts (veteran of British punk bands Discharge, Broken Bones, and U.K. Subs), and signed to Taang! Records, which reissued most of their material on the Death-R-Us CD.
In Late 1996, George Anthony formed a band of hard core San Diego DAGO misfits consisting of Jason Graham, Mike (wingnut) Clingerman and Richard .G. White. The group recorded a 7-inch of cover of Alice Cooper's "Muscle of Love" and an original song, "I don't know (Hit the Bricks)" with Taang records. They then went on to tour of most of Europe.
Up till April 2012, the band was still playing shows in southern California with the lineup consisting of Mike Shock, Mike Monster and Gearbox. After that time, original founding member George Anthony decided to reform the group, bringing in John Hatfield on lead guitar, Thrashley on rhythm guitar, Matthew Vicknair on bass and Mike Vega on drums. With this lineup, songs that had not been included in the band's set list for years were added. After doing a number of local shows, the band did a short tour in the summer of 2012 up the West Coast with support act "13 Scars". The band has since played a steady run of shows, sharing the stage with bands such as D.I, Naked Aggression, Fang and Poison Idea.
In 2015, Thrashley left Battalion of Saints and the band returned to the classic four piece, single guitar sound. In mid 2015 the band released a Self Titled 7'-inch entitled "Southern Lord" with John Hatfield, Matt Vicknair, Mike Vega and George Anthony. John Hatfield left the band in late 2015 and Nathan Javier took his place. Originally tour packaged with Phobia and The Nomads, later this year the band toured the USA. Both Phobia and The Nomads dropped the tour less than 24 hours before it started, leaving Battalion Of Saints as the sole remaining act. Nonetheless the band continued the tour solo, thus completing their first full USA tour in decades.
In 2017 the band completed the 3-month "If It Kills Us" USA tour with The Cryptics. This was the first tour with new drummer Tino Valpa along with fill in members Mike Avilez on bass and Steve Porter on Guitar.
In 2018 the band completed a 3-week summer European tour of club shows and festivals including Rebellion Festival, Bloodstains Festival & Ieper Festival. George Anthony and Tino Valpa were joined by Mike Cantrell on guitar & Dylan DeCarlo on bass for this tour. This was the band's first overseas appearance since 1996.