Bad Brains is an American Hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. Highly regarded as being among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though Bad Brains themselves have objected to the term “hardcore” to describe their music.
Originally formed as a jazz fusion ensemble under the name Mind Power, Bad Brains developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound, which was both musically complex and was often played faster and more emphatically than the music of many of their peers. They were also an adept reggae band, in a sort of Jekyll-and-Hyde arrangement, while later recordings featured elements of funk and heavy metal. Bad Brains are also notable as religious followers of the Rastafari movement.
Bad Brains broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers and/or drummers. The band’s classic and current lineup is singer H.R., guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jennifer, and drummer Earl Hudson.
Bad Brains has had a major influence on skate culture, therefore it was only natural for Supreme to join the band to produce a small capsule collection. Supreme will release a Vans Sk-8 HI in three colorways, harrington jacket, and two t-shirts.
Available at the NY and LA stores on April 24th. Japan will release the project on April 26th at the Daikanyama and Harajuku stores and April 27th at the Osaka and Fukuoka stores.