Reality Check TV has uploaded a clip from its episode #389 featuring interview and performance footage of DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza. Watch it below.
DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's debut album, "DDP 4 Life", is available now on Godfodder Records.
Billy originally teamed up with fellow Dublin, California ragers Willy Lange (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT), Souza and three of the Billy brothers as well as some other local Dublin boys.
The seeds were planted in or about 1980 with a Bay Area thrash band called RAMPAGE, featuring neighborhood kids from Dublin, California — Chuck Billy, along with his brother Andy Billy, Greg Bustamante, Ernie Boehm and Willy Lange. The guys were about 18 years old and had all known each other since they were about five. They grew up listening to a variety of bands — from LED ZEPPELIN, KISS, AEROSMITH to THE DEAD KENNEDYS and THE SEX PISTOLS — and were influenced by the sounds of the late '70s and early '80s.
This time period was a great time for a bunch of kids who lived out in the 'burbs, and the boys from Dublin with their long hair and their naïve attitudes would go to the clubs to rage and see THE DEAD KENNEDYS and whatever punk shows that trails through the Bay Area. Lange recalled, "We learned quickly that people in the big city were a little different." The boys from Dublin got into more than a few fights before any reputation was established, and hence the DUBLIN DEATH PATROL was born.
After the success these individuals had on our own over the past two decades in their various bands, the idea of getting together with all the old gang to revisit some old songs sounded cool. They invited anyone from Dublin who wanted to get involved with the project to hop on for the ride. The word spread fast.
Souza recalls how the idea to reactivate the ultimate DUBLIN DEATH PATROL came to him: "Originally it was Willy's and Chuck Billy's idea. The first I heard of getting this project together was at a Raider pre-season game in 2005. Willy was telling me his idea of DDP and getting the old RAMPAGE guys together. But this version would have Chuck and I singing on every song and include different musicians that grew up in Dublin to play on this record. Well, I was right in."
They had their first meeting at Hooter's in Dublin to discuss what the plan was.
After six months of writing, arranging and restructuring songs new and old. the guys went in to record the DDP album through strains and pains with Vinnie Wojno. Souza boldly claimed, "This is what we have to give to the metal world, a kick-ass, straight-up aggressive and in-your-fucking-face album of music by guys just from Dublin, California. Represented by members of TESTAMENT, LEGACY, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, LAAZ ROCKIT, TESLA, HEIST and a group of headbanging Dubliners that deserved status. For fans of the Bay Area thrash whom I love and will always, I hope they dig what Chuck and I have done vocally on the DDP project."
For more information, visit www.dublindeathpatrol.com.