In 1993 Duane Peters left The Exploding Fuck Dolls and teamed up with longtime friend Kerry Martinez to start a new band called U.S. Bombs. The Bombs first release was a double 7″ called “Scouts of America” released in 1994 on Vinyl Dog Records with Duane Peters on vocals, Kerry Martinez on guitar, Steve Reynolds on bass and Benny Rapp III on drums. Next they released their first full length “Put Strength in the Final Blow”. The re- release of their first album contains the 4 songs from “Scouts of America”.
1995-1997 / After a few different lineup changes in their early years they settled into Peters, Martinez, Reynolds, Chuck Briggs (of the Dischords) on guitar and Alex Gomez on drums. In 1996 they released their second album “Garibaldi Guard” on Alive Records. The next year they put out an EP called “Nevermind the Opened Minds…Here’s the U.S. Bombs”, it originally had 6 songs but all re-releases of this album have included 4 tracks from self titled promo CD they recorded before their 2nd album. The Bombs continued to tour to support their music and began to grow a loyal fan base where ever they played. U.S. Bombs live shows were gaining recognition from the on stage antics of Duane and his band mates.
1997-2000 / In ’97 due to touring commitments the rhythm section of the band was replaced with Wade Walston on bass and Chip Hanna on drums. This year the Bombs released a 10″ picture disc on Outsider Records, the B side with a new version of The Way it Ends a song that was released on their first album, the A side with Jaks, a song that would become the bands biggest hit and most often played live song. Next they were picked up as the first band on Tim Armstrong’s new Epitaph affiliate Hellcat Records for a 4 record deal.
Unfortunately due to serious illness that was killing him and would eventually take his life, long time guitarist Chuck Briggs was unable to record the bands 4th full length “The World”. Briggs was replaced by Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, formerly of Youth Brigade and The Cadillac Tramps. “The World” was released in 1999, and when the Bombs returned from a European tour, tensions were high among the band mates due to basically living on the road together the last 5 years and Duane left to form Duane Peters and the Hunns.
During the constant touring and album recording the U.S. Bombs developed a relationship with Beer City Records/Skateboards based in Milwaukee and released three 7″ records with them. In 1997 they released “Outtakes from a Beer City Basement” which had two exclusive songs that can only be found on this recording, Hot Seat (an Empire cover) and Rejected (a song originally recorded by Duane’s early 80’s band Political Crap), it also had a new recording of the song Bubble Gum originally released on their first album. Next was a split with The Bristles, the Bombs did a cover of the Radio Birdman song Breaks My Heart. The third Beer City release was called “The Great Lakes of Beer” in 2001 and had two exclusive songs, The Great Lakes of Beer and The Critic!, both written on the road and recorded live/drunk. To support “The World”, the U.S. Bombs also released a 7″ on TKO records based in San Francisco for Hobroken Dreams which had an exclusive song The Captain on the B side.
Again it was time to return to the familiar and make another album for Hellcat Records. With Chip replaced by Jamie Reidling, and with new guitarist Curt Stitch, Peters, Martinez, and Walston went back into the studio in 2003 to make the Bombs next full length “Covert Action.” After the resulting tour the U.S. Bombs would take the longest break in the bands history, 10 years of constant touring and recording had left them needing a break to save the future of the band.
2009 and 2010 saw 2 different European tours by the U.S. Bombs and a few shows in California. These shows have reunited the classic late 90’s U.S. Bombs lineup of Duane, Kerry, Wade, Chip, and the ever changing rhythm guitar spot was filled by Jonny Two Bags again. Although, as second guitar for Social Distortion Jonny Two Bags was unable to participate in the 2010 European tour with the Bombs, leaving the very rare experience for US Bombs fans to see them perform as a 4 piece.
US Bombs will be touring in Europe in Nov-Dec 2013, This tour will coincide with the CD release of “Generation Kennedy No More U.S. Bombs” and the band will play Russia for the 1st time.
“The Sound Of Truth In A World Of Lies”