Bassist Dave Klein Leaves Black Flag
Published Feb 03, 2014The current version of Greg Ginn's Black Flag is apparently undergoing more lineup changes, with bassist Dave Klein having announced that he's left the project to return to both Screeching Weasel and melodic Oklahoma skate-punk crew They Stay Dead.
Klein weighed in on his position late last week in a Facebook post, confirming that he left Black Flag sometime after the onstage firing of vocalist Ron Reyes last November. This also means he has vacated the bass spot in Ginn's Good for You offshoot, which had been touring around the world along with Black Flag.
Klein wrote, "To avoid more PMs after today's news out of the Black Flag Official camp... I guess I should OFFICIALLY (puns!) say that I'm no longer playing with BF. I suppose the following post from last month wasn't exactly clear. Now go listen to They Stay Dead and Screeching Weasel. See ya soon at a show near you!"
Klein left Screeching Weasel and They Stay Dead to join up with guitarist Ginn, Reyes and drummer Gregory Moore last March and had toured around the world and produced the highly polarizing What The... LP with the band before making his exit.
After taking a brief hiatus, They Stay Dead premiered a new song called "Bruise Banner" early in December and will apparently have their 2011 self-titled EP reissued through Jailhouse Records later this year, ahead of a new full-length.
As for Screeching Weasel, Klein's first show back with the Chicago-bred pop-punk crew is April 5 at San Antonio, TX's the Korova.
UPDATE: By the looks of things, Klein will only be taking over bass duties temporarily in Screeching Weasel and so far is only down to play the April 5 show.
As previously reported, Mike Vallely has since taken over vocal duties in Black Flag, though it's unclear who will now play bass. Vallely reported last week that the band feel they "fell short in 2013," owing to personal differences between Reyes and Ginn. He added that the current iteration of the act will try to prove that they "can be a stronger, more cohesive, tighter band" and have plans to tour later this year.