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The Detonators


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There are two bands with the name The Detonators:

1) Formed in 1979, The Detonators were a part of the early hardcore scene in Los Angeles. Based in Redondo Beach, The Detonators were founded by life-long friends Bruce Hartnell and Juan Camacho. After several records and tours of the North American and European continents, the band relocated to Eugene, Oregon in 1987, and released their landmark LP “Balls To You” Several other tours and records followed, and then the band took a financially induced hiatus—-playing their last live gig in 1997. Hartnell went on to start a Mexican/spaghetti western band called Los Mex Pistols Del Norte, and sold his interest in his club, (John Henry’s,) to work as a audio engineer at Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Camacho ran several versions of a latino restaurant called Sandino’s, and currently fronts a band called The Crimes Of Ambition. In 2003, drummer Sean Schock, who had seen the band in Ohio in 1992, and had recently moved to Eugene, found Hartnell and convinced him to release some of the music the Detonators had not released to date. These tracks were from a cassette tape -only release called ;A Thousand Points Of Punk that was supposed to come out in 1992 on vinyl, but the idea was scrapped due to lack of funds. The band played a reunion gig at John Henry’s in 2003 to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their first LP, “Emergency Broadcast Systems” with a line up of Hartnell, Camacho, Kirk Black on bass, and Scott Adamo on drums. After the show, Black had expressed an interest in pursuing the band further, and it was decided by Hartnell to carry on without Camacho.


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