Dag Nasty is an American punk rock   band from Washington D. Shawn Brown was the first vocalist with whom the band recorded unreleased versions of most of the material that later made up their first release Can I Say , which featured former roadie and new singer Dave Smalley of DYS. A new singer, Peter Cortner, was found after the band placed an ad in a local paper and the tour was kept. After a few more local shows, the band broke up in the fall of Brian went to L. Months later, the band recorded and released Wig Out at Denko's , including rerecorded versions of the late 86' tape and new material.
Q&A: Hardcore Legends Dag Nasty On Friendship, Full Circle Experiences and New Music
Swiz — Jade Tree
Did you grow up in DC, or go there for college? How did you become part of what was going on? Well, when I was a kid I was always into different music. I listened to a lot of Bs, a little bit of Frank Zappa, I was really into the Cars and stuff like that. Then there was a kid I met called Matt Ray, and there were these proper punk kids I met—they had like spiked hair and biker jackets and stuff like that. We would cross paths because I had these other friends who had these dances which were like neighbourhood get-togethers where bands would play a couple of songs. You know, a band might play a Black Flag cover or something like that.
After singer Shawn Brown was unceremoniously fired from the Washington, D. Brown's new group essentially incorporated the melodic galloping guitar riffs of Dag Nasty with an early-'80s hardcore crunch and Brown's ferocious screaming vocals. The band quickly made a name for themselves within the D.
Of the many worthy bands that emerged from the early-to-mid 80s DC hardcore scene, Dag Nasty continues to resonate. Like their peers in Rites Of Spring , Dag Nasty introduced an unusual level of sensitivity and introspection, not to mention melodicism, into a genre that had largely been defined by bluster. The band recorded a set of now legendary demos with original singer Shawn Brown later of Swiz , but split with Brown before recording the classic album Can I Say with Dave Smalley.