Thursday, March 16, 2006
In 1986, Tommy Victor, a soundman for the famed New York City club CBGB’s, decided to form a band. He recruited CBGB’s doorman Mike Kirkland and ex-Swans drummer
Ted Parsons for a thrash metal band named Prong.
After two independent releases, Prong was picked up by a major label and issued 1990’s Beg to Differ, a complicated thrash metal album. Though the title track was played frequently on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, the band’s next recording, 1991’s Prove You Wrong, did little to increase the band’s fanbase.
By 1994, the band headed into a different direction with Cleansing, which added industrial music elements. With popular singles like “Broken Peace” and “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck,” it Following the release of 1996’s Rude Awakening, Prong called it quits. Victor began working with other hard rock acts, like Glenn Danzig and Rob Zombie.
Six years later, in 2002, Victor decided to resurrect Prong with a new lineup. Recently the band just released a DVD titled The Vault and is now searching for a label to put out their next release.
Prong plays the Lava Lounge, inside Club Octane at 321 Alvarado St. in Monterey, Friday at 9pm with Lavish Green and Nominal. $10. 646-9244.