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MDC with Embrace The Kill and others

April 28 • The Mad Hatter

By Reyan Ali · April 22nd, 2009 · Sound Advice
“MDC” means a lot of things. Using each record to interpret their name differently, the acronym of the Austin, Texas-bred band has stood for Millions of Dead Cops (the most commonly applied meaning, from their 1982 full-length debut), Multi-Death Corporations (1983), Millions of Dead Children (1984), Metal Devil Cokes (1989) and Magnus Dominus Corpus (2004), among other things. But what the MDC moniker always guarantees is raw, provocative, uncompromising Punk Rock, without any modifiers or additives.

Originally forming 30 years ago as The Stains, this is a group intimately familiar with controversy. They released their initial 7-inch, John Wayne was a Nazi, in 1980 as a direct response to what the band believed was undeserved grief after the iconic actor’s death.

Dave Dictor, MDC singer and stalwart in an unstable projectto-project lineup, intended for the EP’s titular diatribe to “take the piss out of someone who stood for killing Mexicans at the Alamo, killing Indians, killing Charlie in the Vietnam movies, killing Asians in World War II and making it look fashionable to die for your country.”

Following this emphatic entrance, they mocked meat-eaters on “Chicken Squawk,” railed against their homeland’s “Founding Fathers,” and lamented that “America’s So Straight.”

It was evident that the band wasn’t about to sanitize their opinions or the snarling and unrefined sound that came with it, and they received their share of flak, including threats from white supremacy advocates who attended their shows.

“In this decade,” Dictor admits, “it’s gone on a lot less.”

But it’s not like they would compromise anyway: “MDC is over the top so we’ve never shied away from it. We did this Millions of Damn Christians album and my grandmother hated it. If you’re going to write a song called ‘Millions of Dead Cops,’ then you’re not holding back.”

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