Listen to Dave Grohl’s Punk Rock Pre-Nirvana Band, Dain Bramage
By Scott T. Sterling
Years before Dave Grohl turned the rock world upside with Nirvana, the aspiring young drummer played in a series of bands, including the Washington, D.C. hardcore act, Dain Bramage. A band that went on to release a couple of demos tapes and one full-length album, I Scream Not Coming Down.
Now, Grohl fans can listen to the powerhouse drummer in his most nascent stage with the release of a new Dain Bramage demo from 1986, recently unearthed by Antiquiet.
Amidst pre-grunge jams like “In the Dark” and the Husker Du-ish “Space Cat,” the young trio crank out a cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s 1973 smash hit, “We’re an American Band,” which opens with a couple of unexpected turntable scratches.
Grohl’s talent as a drummer is apparent even on these muddy recordings, as he blazes through rapid fire fills while holding down the groove.
Last September, Grohl reunited with his former Dain Bramage bandmates Dave Smith and Rueben Radding for a portrait that was posted on Twitter, although there’s no indication if the photo is indicative of any impending reunion.
Not that Grohl would have much time in the coming months. The Foo Fighters got fans fired up with a post on Instagram yesterday (Jan. 16) suggesting that the band is hard at work on its eighth full length album, the group’s first since 2011’s Wasting Light, which won the GRAMMY for Best Rock Album in 2012.