Lyres Band
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Lyres Band
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Garage rock, alternative rock
1979 (1979)-present
Barrence Whitfield And The Savages, DMZ, The Real Kids, Yo La Tengo, The A-Bones, Darker My Love
Members Jeff Conolly (organ, vocals)
Steve Aquino (guitar)
Paul Murphy (drums)
Rick Coraccio (bass)
Timm Buechler (bass)
Jared Everett
Ricky Carmel (guitar)
Danny McCormack (guitar)
John Bernardo (drums)
Jack Hickey (guitar)
Matt Miklos (bass)
John Smith (drums)
Bob MacKenzie (drums)
Howard Ferguson (drums)
Mike Lewis (bass)
Peter Greenberg (guitar)
Phil Lenker (bass)

Lyres are a Boston-area garage rock band led by Jeff Conolly, founded in 1979[1] following the breakup of DMZ. Their most popular songs included "Don't Give It Up Now," 'She Pays The Rent' and "Help You Ann". The original lineup of the band featured Conolly, Rick Coraccio (bass), Ricky Carmel (guitar), and Paul Murphy (drums).

Former DMZ members Coraccio, Murphy, Peter Greenberg, and Mike Lewis all rejoined Connolly in Lyres at some point from 1979 to the early 2000s.[1]The A-Bones drummer Miriam Linna, (a former drummer for The Cramps) and then A-Bones, Yo La Tengo and former Lyres bass player Mike Lewis filled-in with Lyres for a show in 1986. Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys and Lords of the New Church, and Wally Tax of The Outsiders also recorded with Lyres in the late 1980s.

Lyres were less active in 1989, due to Conolly living in California for a brief period. After a renewed period of activity in the early 1990s, the band went through a dormant period until 1999. The band has been playing regularly during the last two years. Conolly is the one member who has been in every lineup during the large number of Lyres personnel changes. In 2009, Lyres played at the Go Sinner So festival in Madrid and an additional date in Porto Nuovo. This line-up included a fill-in Peter Greenberg on guitar.

Current line-up

  • Jeff Conolly (organ, vocals)
  • Steve Aquino (guitar)
  • Paul Murphy (drums)
  • Dave Szczepaniak (bass)
  • Timm Buechler (bass) 2004-2015

Discography (incomplete)

LP albums


  • AHS1005 12" 45 rpm (Ace of Hearts 1981) [title commonly referenced as "Buried Alive" after the first track on the disc]
  • Lyres (1985), New Rose
  • Nobody But Lyres 12" 33 rpm (TAANG! Records 1992)


Compact Discs


In other media

The song "Help You Ann" was featured on the game Destroy all Humans 2 and on the TV show Rescue Me.

Related bands


  1. ^ a b "Lyres and DMZ lines up". Retrieved . 

External links

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