KilldozerSaturday, November 8th, 2014
Killdozer was formed in basements similar to the ones that spawned their Midwestern peers like Die Kruezen and Big Black, in Madison, Wisconsin in 1983 by bassist/vocalist Michael Gerald, guitarist Bill Hobson and brother Dan Hobson on drums. Within a year they had released their debut album, Intellectuals Are the Shoeshine Boys of the Ruling Elite, and were gaining national notoriety for their fresh sound, that along Flipper and The Melvins, rebelled against lack of humor and the speedy tempos in the American hardcore punk movement of the time. Killdozer’s sound was a brutal, abrasive and plodding take on the dark side of life in America’s heartland backed up with a dark and biting sense of humor that soon landed them on Chicago’s Touch and Go Records for classic mid and late 1980’s albums Snake Boy, the Burl EP, 12 Point Buck and an album of classic rock covers For Ladies Only.
The band was thrown into inactivity at the beginning of the 90’s with the departure of guitarist Bill Hobson, but with the addition of Paul Zagoras on six string duties Killdozer returned to form in 1992. This period produced a couple fantastic of new releases on Touch and Go with 1993’s Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, 1995’s God Hears the Pleas of Innocents and a split EP with Alice Donut in 1996. In 1995, original drummer Dan Hobson left the band as the demands of Killdozer’s frequent national and European tours didn’t mesh with raising a family, to be swiftly replaced by former Die Kruezen drummer Erik Tunison. Late in 1996 Killdozer added Jeff Ditzenberg of Madison act Powerwagon as a second guitarist and embarked on its last tour cleverly entitled Fuck You, We Quit before breaking up.