Episode 29 with Dan O’Mahony
This week we sit down with Dan O’Mahony.
Dan is a musician, writer, and political activist from Orange County, California. He is currently the singer for Shiners Club, and the Host of Dan O Says so, a video interview show featuring guests from the punk community. (which Kevin highly recommends) Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxpct260T9e11WnmGtBlIA
In the 1980s, O’Mahony was the lead singer for hardcore straight edge band No For An Answer (NFAA). The band is credited with being one of the cornerstones of the straight edge movement on the west coast and was the first west coast release by the prominent independent label Revelation Records. Dan has been the lead singer and primary lyricist of bands such as Carry Nation, Voicebox, Speak 714, John Henry Holiday, God Forgot, 411, and Done Dying. Dan has been credited as the lead singer on 16 records not counting assorted compilations and numerous live releases. Currently Dan sings for Shiners Club from Orange County.
Early in his career O’Mahony was known for the heavily activist nature of his lyrics espousing the rejection of homophobia, domestic abuse, the First Gulf War, and many self-destructive behaviors. Dan’s writing in recent years has turned much more personal and reflects his life experiences.
O’Mahony is the author of two autobiographical books, Three Legged Race and Four Letter World. He worked as a columnist for the seminal punk rock monthly publication Maximum Rocknroll from the mid-1980s until the early 1990s. In 2010 he began accepting assignments as a freelance journalist and writing for various political blogs. He has been interviewed dozens of times, and his bands, activism and writing still influence many in the punk scene and beyond.