CRUMBSUCKERS (1985–89). Dave Brady on demos, then Chris Notaro (vocals) Dave Wynn (guitar), Chris Lenihan (guitar), Gary Meskil (bass), Dan Richardson (drums).
Crumbsuckers were a metal/punk crossover band from the late eighties who recorded relatively little but were influential on the crossover scene. Like bands such as Cryptic Slaughter, Corrosion of Conformity, and DRI, the Crumbsuckers ushered in a new wave of music, one that broke boundary lines that only a few years ago had seemed as solid as the then-imposing Berlin Wall. They were, for a while, one of the most interesting bands in the New York hardcore scene, but were quickly becoming more enamored of technical proficiency and the more melodic songs of contemporary heavy metal. The first record is a bit of a classic, mostly hardcore with metallic solos, but by the second record the band had evolved into a speed metal band and were not as interesting as they had been during the earlier period when they had been more of a genuine mixture of the two. Crumbsuckers broke up in 1989 but there have been sporadic reunions, most recently in 2007.
Discography: Life of Dreams (Combat Core, 1986); Beast on My Back (Combat, 1988).