Iron Cross (band)


Iron Cross (band)

Iron Cross is a hardcore/Oi! band from Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C..

They play a rough form of streetpunk, and is the first band in the United States to adopt the skinhead look and the Oi! musical style. The band had close ties to the Washington, DC hardcore punk subculture, due to its relationship with other hardcore bands, with Ian Mackaye, and with Dischord Records. Singer Sab Grey was one of the many roommates in the Dischord House in Arlington, VA. The band's name — and the skinhead image of most of its members — led to accusations of fascism, which Grey has always denied. Grey stated in the original Iron Cross press kit in 1982, "...oh, and we're not Nazis!"Fact|date=February 2007

Career

Iron Cross formed in Washington, DC when Dante Ferrando met Sab Grey. Ferrando was previously in the band Broken Cross with Mark Haggerty while in school. When Grey and Ferrando decided to start a new band, Grey suggested the name Iron Cross. The first lineup consisted of Grey on lead vocals, Haggerty on guitar, Ferrando on drums and John Falls on bass guitar. This lineup lasted a short time, and the band went through two more bassists before settling on Wendell Blow, the former bassist for the DC hardcore punk band State of Alert. The only non-skinhead in the band was Ferrando, who has usually maintained a spiky hairstyle.

The band's original lineup lasted until just after the recording of their first EP "Skinhead Glory". That EP features the signature song "Crucified," which was later covered by Agnostic Front, The Business, Subculture Squad and 25 ta Life. The song, "You're a Rebel" was covered by the Boston band Dropkick Murphys.

Blow left the band and was replaced by John Dunn, who left the band just before the release of the "Hated and Proud" EP. He was replaced by Paul Cleary, who was a founding member of the DC bands Trenchmouth and Black Market Baby. Iron Cross was introduced to the world beyond the eastern United States with their three songs on the Dischord compilation "Flex Your Head".

Aftermath and new lineup

After lineup changes that left Grey as the only original member of Iron Cross, the band broke up in 1985. Ferrando went on to form the band Gray Matter with Haggerty, and Ferrando also played in the band Ignition. Haggerty went on to play with 3 and Severin. Blow, Dunn, and Cleary went different ways, with Blow and Dunn ending up in Los Angeles in the late 1980s.

Grey moved to England, where he married and had children. Since then, Iron Cross has re-released their EPs and previously-unreleased material in the form of the full-length CD "Live For Now." Grey moved back to Baltimore, and as of 2006, was playing with The Royal Americans (a rockabilly-style band), was performing solo acoustic shows, and occasionally performed with a new lineup of Iron Cross, which completed a national tour in 2003. Ferrando now owns the DC club, The Black Cat. Haggerty lives in the Bay Area, with Dunn living in Seattle. Blow lives in Texas, and Cleary lives in the DC area.

The 2008 lineup is: Sab Grey - Vocals, Scotty Powers - Drums, Dimitri Medevev - Bass, Mark Linskey - Guitar, Shadwick Wilde - Guitar.

"Crucified"

In the mid 1980s, New York hardcore band Agnostic Front began covering "Crucified", a song from Iron Cross' recording "Skinhead Glory". Agnostic Front included studio versions of the song on their "Liberty And Justice For..." and "Something's Gotta Give" albums. The "Crucified" has become a staple cover song for many hardcore and Oi! bands. The lyrics refer to being ridiculed for being different, being blamed for society's ills, and being accused of violence and intolerance because of the actions of others. The metaphor of being crucified resonated with anti-racist and apolitical skinheads who were sick of being labelled as neo-Nazis because of an extremist sub-group who term themselves "skinheads (this sub-group of racists does not represent any aspects of the skinhead movement when it began in the late 1960s and is outside the scope of the actual movement as seen today). Live audiences have taken to adding a chant of "skinhead army!" to the chorus, a line not included in the original recording by Iron Cross.

External links

*http://www.dementlieu.com/~obik/arc/dc/ironcross_itg2.html
*http://www.punkoiuk.co.uk/interviews/iron_cross.htm
* [http://dissonance.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=200040 Dante Ferrando interview on Dissonance Radio, December 2006]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Iron Cross (disambiguation) — The Iron Cross was a German and Prussian military decoration and symbol.Iron Cross or Iron cross can also refer to the following: * Iron Cross (band), hardcore punk band from United States * Iron Cross (Burmese band), a metal band from Burma *… …   Wikipedia

  • Cross of Iron (disambiguation) — Cross of Iron may refer to: Cross of Iron, a 2007 update of Close Combat 3 by Matrix games. Cross of Iron, a 1977 war film. The Willing Flesh, the novel that Cross of Iron is based on, later editions retitled to match the film Cross of Iron, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Cross of Valour (Greece) — Cross of Valour Αριστείον Ανδρείας Aristeion Andreias Gold Cross of the Cross of Valour (1974 version) Awarded by Greece …   Wikipedia

  • Iron Maiden — For other uses, see Iron maiden (disambiguation). Iron Maiden Iron Maiden performing in Paris (Bercy Arena) on 1 July 2008 Background information …   Wikipedia

  • Iron Crown of Lombardy — Iron Crown of Lombardy, kept in the Cathedral of Monza. The Iron Crown of Lombardy (Corona Ferrea) is both a reliquary and one of the most ancient royal insignia of Europe. The crown became one of the symbols of the Kingdom of Lombards and later… …   Wikipedia

  • Iron Maiden (альбом) — Iron Maiden студийный альбом …   Википедия

  • Iron Man (песня) — «Iron Man» Сингл Black Sabbath из альбома Paranoi …   Википедия

  • Cross Timbers — The outline of the Cross Timbers as defined by the EPA Ecology Ecozone Nearctic …   Wikipedia

  • Cross-Eyed Mary — Song by Jethro Tull from the album Aqualung Released 19 March 1971 Recorded December 1970 February 1971 at Island Studios, London Genre Progressive rock, hard rock …   Wikipedia

  • Cross Purposes Live — Live album by Black Sabbath Released 1995 …   Wikipedia


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.