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About Mood of Defiance

Mood of Defiance (also known as MOD) are an American experimental avant-garde punk rock band from the Hermosa Beach, South Bay California, in 1979. Formed by a then 14 year old Hatha Watha (birth name unknown) daughter of the owners of the The Church in Hermosa Beach, primary songwriter and lead vocalist with Gary Kail (simultaneously a member of Anti, Zurich 1916) on guitar, bass, drums and keyboards joined by punk veteran Danny Dean (Danny Dean Phillips, Danny Phillips) on vocals, guitar (simultaneously a member of Anti, and writer for the punk magizine Flipside, with a featured column entitled “The South Bay Report”) Steve (birth name unknown) on drums later replaced by Thaddeus (birth name unknown) on drums. Mood Of Defiance gave birth to the Gothic Punk movement of the middle Eighties with several songs that appear on any one of the New Underground Records (co-found by both Danny Dean and Gary Kail) compilations joining a fleet of pioneering punk bands such as the Decedents, Anti, the Minutemen, China White, Redd Kross and Saccharin Trust to name a few. With the passing of Gary Kail, Mood of Defiance remained a local club band and very little is know about the majority of members with the exception of Danny Dean, who plans on releasing a box set album of both the past and never before heard songs, photos and video.  
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Before Danny Dean Phillips joined Mood of Defiance, it went a little something like this.

Mood of Defiance formed in 1981 out of the ashes of short-lived experimental San Pedro synth project, Kindled Imagination, which included Greg Hurley (Slivers) and Richie Wilder (Saccharine Trust, Hari-Kari, Slivers). Founder, Rachel Mason (AKA Screaming Rachel Bitch or Hatha), would roller skate the Hermosa Beach Strand with the likes of SPOT, before even knowing he was Black Flag's chief engineer/producer (at the time). After deciding to start her own band, she once again recruited her neighbor, Richie Wilder on drums and put an ad in the Recycler, where T.A. Black (guitar) and Kevin Ball (bass) replied, which then solidified the band. The name Mood of Defiance was taken from a Time magazine headline, simple as that. MOD is Rachel's first crack at singing which was encouraged by local scenester, Jimmy Mack (AKA Jimmy Smack). Not long after forming, they recorded a demo in March of 1981 at Media Art in Hermosa Beach with SPOT at the helm. This unit played a handful of gigs before Tom and Kevin decided to quit — which not long after, were replaced by Danny Phillips and Gary Kail from the band Anti, who would go on to help write a full-length MOD album with Rachel, called Now, on their own label, New Underground records. 

From the depths of the tape vaults, light has been shown upon Mood of Defiance's lost first demo recordings (titled In A Box). Rachel Mason's vocals are an aggressive attack as the band's rhythm chug along behind her in that distinctive early 80's Southern California punk style. These recordings serve not only as a lost document of early So. Cal punk rock, but as a reminder that the independent sound of San Pedro music has a strong history with roots that are still growing and being uncovered to this day.

Mood of Defiance - New Underground Records

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