Guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-Lence, ex-Machine Head), vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), drummer Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits, Dead Cross, ex-Slayer), and bassist who every metal band should be pursuing Matt Freeman (Rancid) have teamed up for a killer cover of “Police Truck” by Dead Kennedys. Demmel said the song was chosen before the protests and isn’t a commentary on what’s going on right now.
“Police Truck” was originally released in 1980 as B-side of the “Holiday in Cambodia” and later included in the Dead Kennedys‘ 1987 compilation Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death.
“Back in the early 80′ Zet’s brother John and I convinced him to sing for our band, On Parole,” said Demmel. “He helped introduce me to the Bay Area music scene and between the 2 of them, tried their best to corrupt my adolescent ways. Zet would sing the lyrics to this song and do his best Jello Biafra impersonation, it’s been embedded in my head so much that I needed to bring it to life and jam this out. I reached out to Dave Lombardo because I knew he LOVED the DKs and would help me add some power since I tracked 2 over-driven guitar tracks. I then reached out to my bud Lars from Rancid and he suggested the Rancid bass player, Matt who has played the song many times before and would nail it. He did. I picked this one before all the recent activity so this song isn’t any kind of statement or declaration. It’s 4 dudes jamming music. Be good to each other all y’all!!!!!”