MOST MYSTERIOUS CHARACTER IN ROCK N ROLL
He Who Cannot Be Named has been playing punk rock for almost 30 years, most of that time with the legendary “Dwarves”. An original member of this San Francisco based combo, he wrote or cowrote many of your favorite tunes from the early Sub Pop albums “Blood Guts and Pussy”, and “Thank Heaven For Little Girls”. He was voted guitarist of the year by “Flipside Magazine” in 1991, but is mostly known for his unusual stage wear, or lack thereof. His trademark look can best be described as “naked and wearing a mask”. According to James Orme from Slug Magazine, He Who... is “maybe the most mysterious character in all of rock n’ roll.”
Perhaps his infamous “death hoax” has something to do with this air of mystery. “Sputnik Music” published an account of this macabre bit of rock history.
In 1993 the band (Dwarves) issued a press release stating their guitarist
HeWhoCannotBeNamed had been stabbed to death in Philadelphia. Though
this later turned out to be a hoax, the band even went as far as to attach a
tribute to the "late" guitarist on their 1993 Sub Pop-released album
“Sugarfix”. Sub Pop did not respond well to the hoax and summarily
dropped the band from its label.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MASSACRE
Finally, in the summer of 2010, He Who Cannot Be Named released his first solo album titled “Sunday School Massacre” to rave reviews. AMP called it “one of the most important punk rock releases in recent memory”, and went on to say that it “is everything you would come to expect from the guy responsible for most of the nasty riffs that kicked your ass when you were back in high school”.
A video was made for the song Happy Suicide.
Hewho’s second album, “Humaniterrorist” was released in October 2012. This collection of songs continued where the first album left off, with Hewho’s own style of short, fast and funny punk. A music video from one of the songs on this album, “Gettin Pissed” was released around the same time.
In March 2013 LOVE/HATE was released, exclusively on CD. This collection of 22 songs was primarily a repackaging of the first two albums, but contains a few previously unreleased tracks.
In August of 2013 He Who Cannot Be Named returned to the UK. This time he appeared twice at the “Rebellion Festival” in Blackpool. For this exclusive appearance he was reunited with UK drummer Spike Smith.
MY DEGENERATION and 7”s on EXTRA MEDIUM FIDELITY RECORDS
2016 saw the release of Hewho’s third album, “My Degeneration” on Extra Medium Fidelity Records. This record saw the addition of San Francisco musicians Keith Mueller (Bite) on lead guitar, Mark Adams (Black Furies ) on drums, and Mike Wampler on bass.
The collaboration between Hewho and Florida punk legend Chris Barrows (Pink Lincolns) started around this time as well. Barrows sings lead vocals on a few He Who Cannot Be Named tracks from this period and Hewho played Farfisa organ on Chris Barrow’s albums Human Being (2014) and Fake ( 2016).
In 2015 A split 7”with the songs “Be My Girl” and “Human Being” by Barrows and “Don’t Tie Me Down” and “Pica” by He Who Cannot Be Named was released on Extra Medium Fidelity Records.
A 7” with the songs “Lovedoll” and “Donna Tossico”came out around this time as well.
Videos were made for the songs “Lovedoll”
and “Beautiful Disease”
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BRUTAL
Hewho’s fourth album, “The Good, The Bad, and The Brutal” will be released in the fall of 2018. Keith Mueller again appears on lead guitar with the addition of drummer Eric Borst and bassist Bobby Ramone. This album is a collection of songs, half with the word “Good” in the title and half with the word “Bad”. It also features guest vocal appearances by Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes), Chris Barrows (Pink Lincolns) Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag) and Nick Oliveri (Dwarves, Mondo Generator, Queens of the Stone Age). This album will come out on God’s Candy Records.
In 2017 Hewho added Farfisa organ to new recordings by The Re-Volts, a San Francisco band fronted by Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes). The results of this can be heard on the new 7” vinyl release of “Wages” and “Earth Trembles” coming out on Pirates Press. Hewho also occasionally appears live with this band.
He Who Cannot Be Named and his band are coming over to Europe in November 2018 with shows booked in Germany, Belgium and UK. (see flyer for dates and locations)
Very little is known about He Who Cannot BeNamed. Some say he's a high ranking GOP politician or an undercover agent. He has been banned from venues all over the world and Interpol reportedly has several international warrants out for his arrest. He rarely appears in public.
Die Die Die Live in UK
with The Dwarves Riot Fest 2015
with The Dwarves Blood Guts and Pussy Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015