Local club favorites and former Warner Bros. recording artists, The TAZMANIAN DEVILS returned in 2006 after taking a break (23 years) to raise families and to pursue personal goals. Winners of the 1981 Bammy for "Best Bay Area Club Band", the group also played several larger concerts over their original incarnation (1976-1983), sharing the stage with The Starship, Tower of Power, Peter Tosh, Huey Lewis & the News, Greg Kihn to name a few. Their unique blend of rock, R&B, and "west coast reggae" styles together with colorful original songs and energetic performances - highlighted by the soaring, soulful deliveries of lead singer Dennis Hogan and lead guitarist Dave Carlson - created a huge following of "Tazmaniacs" back in the 1980s.
The band actually has its roots back in the 1960s, when they played together in high school in 1967 (TAM and Drake high schools) and consider their relationship as "family". After their 1983 'break up' they kept in touch with "jam sessions" and a few select shows during the 90s.
The release of the most recent CD, TAZ NUVOUX, in 2006, signaled the beginning of a new era. We most recently have been performing as a quartet, minus old friend, the extraordinary keyboardist/singer/songwriter Pat Craig, who still pops in from time to time. The band is always working on new material and continues recording and playing live shows.
The Tazmanian Devils 1980 Warner Brothers Records
Broadway Hi-Life 1981 Warner Brothers Records.
Tazmanian Devils Live 1982 Dublab Records (EP recorded Live at Keystone Berkeley).
Taz Nuvoux 2006 Dubwest Records (includes Tazmanian Devils Live EP as bonus tracks)