DA!

DA! was an early Chicago punk (started in 1978) band with traces of goth, Velvet Underground, and funk. DA!'s gender balance was initially 3 women and 1 man, and then later 2 and 2. This was (and remains) unusual. Singer/bassplayer Lorna Donley wrote most (all?) of the lyrics, and sang them with an effective, aggresive, dark tone. Her melodic bass parts were generally alert and clever. Guitar players Gaylene Goudreau and David Thomas not only played with great complementarity, they were also actually interesting to watch in live performance. Dawn Fisher completed the distaff majority contributing a basic but relentless drum section. Later Bob Furem replaced Fisher, and most at the time agreed that he added a needed shot of energy. DA! broke up prior to the release of their last record (according to CR #20), somewhere around April of 1982.

Shows & Venues in

Upcoming Shows

Friday Jul 27th
at Observatory

All Ages / BYOB
Sunday Aug 19th
at East Room

Bric-A-Brac Scummer Slam 12PM Show (21+ FREE)
Wednesday Nov 7th
at East Room

Original 1985 lineup!
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Favorite Records Series: Stephen Sowley on Michael Guarrine on 'No New York'