The Band

Brother George Hurley – Drums, Vocal

George Hurley is a self-taught musician who created his own drumsticks out of Plexiglas and wood at the Boys Club in his youth. He got his first drumkit when he was nineteen after trading a motorcycle for it.
Although he is known as a punk drummer, Hurley’s musical influences are primarily Jazz based.

I’d go see Max Roach,” he recalls, “or some other great jazz drummer, and they’d have these kits that they pulled out of the trunk of their cars, three-piece or four-pieces, and they were doing things that I couldn’t imagine. They were like magicians!

Even though he went to the same high school as D. Boon and Mike Watt he did not meet them until around 1978. That same year, Hurley formed The Reactionaries with Boon, Watt, and Martin Tamburovich. Watt asked Hurley to join repeatedly but Hurley was reticent because they traveled in different circles and Watt was deemed “a geek”. Eventually, Hurley threw caution to the wind and joined up with Watt. After The Reactionaries split, George joined a Hollywood new wave band called Hey Taxi!. In 1980, Hey Taxi! disbanded at the same time the Minutemen’s then drummer Frank Tonche left the band. Hurley reunited with his two former Reactionaries bandmates in Minutemen.
Read George’s Wiki

Brother Joe Dean – Bass, Vocal

Joe Dean was born in a log cabin that he helped his mother build. He enjoys short walks on the beach, turtle husbandry, the books of Thomas Pynchon, the smell of wood, UFO sightings, kittens, and the films of Luis Buñuel, Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, and David Lynch.
This website was made by Brother Joe Dean.

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Special Guests

Brother Vince Meghrouni at Guitar Safari, San Pedro.
Brother Vince Meghrouni – Saxophone, Harmonica, Vocal

Vince Meghrouni is a multi-instrumentalist. He is a very special guest that makes great contributions to The Wrinkling Brothers while also participating in many other projects including his own band Atomic Sherpas.
A partial list of projects Vince has been part of:
2 Bass Hit,  Atomic Sherpas, Bazooka, Brainchildren of Xenog, Brother Weasel, The Charmkin Rebellion, Del Noah and the Mt. Ararat Finks, The DownBeats, Fatso Jetson, El Grupo Sexo, HellBat!, Ghidorah, Triosphere, The Reluctant Toby, Tone Scientists, The Trio, Brother Weasel, Mike Watt And The Crew Of The Flying Saucer, and Mike Watt And The Pair Of Pliers

Joe Baiza – Guitar

Joe Baiza joined The Wrinkling Brothers live for three tunes at Clancy’s in Long Beach CA.
Baiza is a founding member of the bands Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of, and The Mecolodiacs. He also performed guest guitar spots on several Minutemen tracks and played alongside Black Flag’s Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski in the SST all-star jam band October Faction, recording two albums with them. Baiza was also part of the musical side project Nastassya Filippovna which featured Bob Lee (drums), Devin Sarno (bass) and Mike Watt (bass). He substituted for Nels Cline during Mike Watt’s European and American tours behind his second solo album, Contemplating the Engine Room, in 1997 and 1998.  Also in 1997, he and Cline played (sometimes together) in the band Solo Career with Lee (drums), Richard Derrick (bass), Walter Zooi (trumpet) and Gustavo Aguilar (percussion); other guitarists in that rotating ensemble included Mario Lalli, Woody Aplanalp and Ken Rosser. Currently, he is in the reunited Saccharine Trust as well as the improvisational unit Unknown Instructors with former Minutemen Mike Watt and George Hurley.

Sister Gitane Demone – Voice

Gitane DeMone is an American singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist. Gitane sang I’m Going To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song with live The Wrinkling Brothers. This is song by Thomas A. Dorsey made famous by Mahalia Jackson. The Brothers hope to preform with her again in the future.
DeMone’s music career spans more than 30 years. She came to prominence in the mid 1980s as keyboardist and backing vocalist of the influential deathrock band Christian Death.
In addition to her work with Christian Death, Demone has previously been a member of Pompeii 99, worked with Dreadful Shadows, and has had a solo career which has included three studio albums: Am I Wrong?Stars of Trash and The Reflecting Shadow.
Gitane currently plays in Rikk Agnew Band and her own Gitane Demone Quartet.

Sister Weba Garretson – Voice
Weba Garretson is a singer and songwriter. She has sung with Puttanesca, The Eastside Sinfonietta, and with Garretson & Gorodetsky .
She has also performed with SHRIMPS, Donald Krieger, and in video art by Bill Viola.
Sister Ellen T Rooney – Voice
Ellen T Rooney Known to almost no one as the punk rock Yma Sumac, Ms. Rooney has labored in obscurity for over eight decades in acts like The Void, The Peoples of France, The Million Dollar Country Band, Redd Kross, Lomax, Spidersuit, The Mighty Burnt Bacon, It’s OK! and many more. She’s a crackerjack backing vocalist, as well as a dilettantish multi-instrumentalist. She can sing an E above high C, and thinks you could, too, if you just applied yourself.
Brother Ed Huerta- Percussion

Ed Huerta has drummed in many bands including Copper 7, Moist and Meaty, The Final Tourguides, The Super 8 Project, This is Edwin, The Lazy Cowgirls, Mind Over Four, Ding Dong Devils, Rockford…currently drumming and singing for Jack Brewer Band, Gertrudus, also Marlon Brandi and the Wild Ones. Featured writer for Rocknycliveandrecorded and Jackaboutguitars websites. Contributing writer for Brenda Perlin’s collection of short stories, “Punks”. Painting, writing and songwriting keeps this dude busy.

Former Members

Sister Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Guitar

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902) was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women’s rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized women’s rights and women’s suffrage movements in the United States. Stanton was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1890 until 1892. Before Stanton narrowed her political focus almost exclusively to women’s rights, she was an active abolitionist with her husband Henry Brewster Stanton (co-founder of the Republican Party) and cousin Gerrit Smith. Unlike many of those involved in the women’s rights movement, Stanton addressed various issues pertaining to women beyond voting rights. Her concerns included women’s parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights, divorce, the economic health of the family, and birth control. She was also an outspoken supporter of the 19th-century temperance movement.
Stanton died in 1902, having written both The Woman’s Bible and her autobiography Eighty Years and More, and many other articles and pamphlets about female suffrage and women’s rights. She died in 1902, the 14th Amendment granted woman the right to vote June 4, 1919.
Sister Elizabeth’s wiki

Brother Yustus Taxes – Batteria

Yustus Taxes was a reclusive American writer, artist and drummer who worked as a custodian in Wilmington, California. Taxes’ work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art, as he was self-educated and did not achieve notoriety until after his death. Yustus has become famous for his posthumously-discovered 17,329-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called “The Story of the Blunderbuss Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Carpallinian War Cloud, Caused by the Woman Slave Rebellion”, along with several thousand drawings, etchings, mono-prints, and watercolor paintings illustrating the story.