The Exterminators, a storied band of scofflaws and ne’er-do-wells who were part of the first wave of Phoenix punk rock, have reunited to release their debut album (!) Product of America, out Election Day (November 8) and available digitally and on limited edition blue vinyl through the Phoenix-based label, Slope Records.
Produced by Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Product of America is a recording of songs culled from a rare cassette tape of the band performing live in 1978 with the original lineup featuring Dan “Johnny Macho” Clark on vocals, his younger brother Doug “Buzzy Murder” Clark on guitar, Don Bolles on drums, and the late Rob Graves on bass (Kirkwood took over for the departed Graves on the new album).
“I couldn’t be more honored to be asked to be involved with this record and fill in for Rob Graves, who, sadly, is no longer with us,” adds Kirkwood, who considers members of the Exterminators some of his best friends. “Who could turn down a project featuring, you know, such inspirational songs such as “I Hate You” and “I Don’t Give a Fuck?”
Formed in 1977, the Exterminators went on a brief (nearly 40 year!) hiatus in 1978, with the various members going on to form a variety of seminal punk rock bands, including The Feederz and Victory Acres (Dan Clark), The Brainz and Mighty Sphincter (Doug Clark), The Germs, Celebrity Skin and Ariel Pink (Don Bolles) and 45 Grave (Rob Graves and Don Bolles).