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Officer Negative

Punk Rock
Ventura, California, USA

“Officer Negative was a Christian punk band from Ventura. Formed in 1995 and initially disbanded in 2000, the band released two albums and an EP on Screaming Giant Records. They played old-school punk, and though their music never appeared in a polished form, it was said to “never hold back the passion.” Following a period of reformation they reappeared as The Death Campaign and toured until 2004.

Their first album, Dead to the World (1997) was described as “angry punk” and the band was likened to Rancid or Black Flag.

Their 1999 release Zombie Nation was mired in difficulties with their label. Its sound deviated from the band's hoped sound by introducing pop sensibilities – to the point where its members would call it “not a true representation of the band.” Also, several tracks were cut from the release; two were released the next year as a split EP with Lugnut. The third, called “Failure to Submit”, was described by Chad Wiggins “by far, one of the best songs we have ever written.” It was this release which garnered the most attention for the band. The release included the album Live at the Roxy. Together, with the future of the band uncertain at best, HM Magazine referred to this release as the band's “swan song.”

In late 1999 the departure of bassist Casey Wisenbaker, along with the band's issues with Zombie lead to the dissolution of the band. With the return of Wisenbacker in 2000, the band reformed with new members taking guitar and drums. Vocalist Chad Wiggins saw the reformation of the band as an opportunity to refocus the band on ministry. With this lineup they toured until about 2002, releasing an EP and an album. Their 2002 release Control is an Illusion had a sound based more on metal than punk.

The band re-branded themselves as The Death Campaign, eventually signing to Solid State Records. In the summer of 2003, the band asked lead vocalist Chad Wiggins to leave, intending for Casey Wisenbaker to take vocals, and hiring a bass player from a band called Akeldama. Within three months of Wiggins departure the band broke up. However, during this short period they had created an album, which was eventually released as Officer Negative Presents The Death Campaign in 2004.

After the breakup guitarist Josh Handley formed Zippy Josh and the Rag Tag Band, and released one album, Stupidville, in 1999. The album was basically praise and worship music, and described as “the Sex Pistols meet Bob Dylan.” Allender and Wisenbaker joined a hardcore band called Hit the Deck, while Osborne and Buli continued to work with Akeldama. Michael Dragon briefly pursued a career in professional skateboarding.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Officer_Negative

Discography

199? Demo
1998 Dead to the World Screaming Giant Records
1999 Live at the Roxy Screaming Giant Records
1999 Zombie Nation Screaming Giant Records
2000 Officer Negative / Lugnut Split Screaming Giant Records
2000 Officer Negative / The Combat Junkies Split EP Screaming Giant Records
2001 "Live" Screaming Giant Records
2001 God's Way / 180 Turnaround ‎(7“) Something Sacred Records
2002 Control is an Illusion Something Sacred Records
2004 The Death Campaign Project Solid State Records

Demo

199? Independent

  1. Meathead
  2. Bobby & Suzie
  3. Us & Them
  4. Wife Beaters
  5. 180 Turnaround
  6. The Fence
  7. White Trash Blues
  8. Brain Washed People
  9. God's Way

Dead to the World

1998 Screaming Giant Records (SG 101)

Chad Wiggins – Vocals
Josh Handley – Guitar
Casey Wisenbaker – Bass Guitar
Michael Dragon – Drums

  1. Don't Turn Away (2:53)
  2. SWP (2:11)
  3. J.C.H.C. (3:19)
  4. Bobbie and Susie (2:23)
  5. The Fence (3:41)
  6. Sing Along Song (0:41)
  7. Real Faith (4:13)
  8. End of the Beginning (2:54)
  9. Us & Them (2:31)
  10. Satan's Gonna Lose (2:27)
  11. Sanctified (3:04)
  12. Wife Beaters (2:24)
  13. Pressure (2:25)
  14. Meathead (2:23)
  15. Dead to the World (2:26)

Live at the Roxy

1999 Screaming Giant Records (SG 107)

Chad Wiggins – Vocals
Josh Handley – Guitar
Casey Wisenbaker – Bass Guitar
Michael Dragon – Drums

  1. Pressure (2:20)
  2. Human Garbage Can (2:49)
  3. Dead to the World (2:17)
  4. Stars and Stripes (3:05)
  5. Satan's Gonna Lose (2:16)
  6. Unity in Christ (2:32)
  7. Broken String (1:47)
  8. American Dream (4:36)

Zombie Nation

1999 Screaming Giant Records (SG 112)

Chad Wiggins – Vocals
Josh Handley – Guitar
Casey Wisenbaker – Bass Guitar
Michael Dragon – Drums

  1. Zombie Nation (4:17)
  2. Replace Your Hate (2:34)
  3. New World Disorder (3:13)
  4. Human Garbage Can (4:13)
  5. $American Dream$ (3:56)
  6. Red Cross (4:19)
  7. Stars and Stripes (2:43)
  8. Lost Generation (3:18)
  9. God's Not Dead (3:12)
  10. Unity in Christ (2:37)

Lugnut / Officer Negative Split EP

2000 Screaming Giant Records (SG 119)

  1. Lugnut - Rock Your Pants Off (1:28)
  2. Lugnut - Little Man (1:05)
  3. Lugnut - Into the Dawn (2:15)
  4. Lugnut - 59 (1:16)
  5. Lugnut - Rock City (1:51)
  6. Officer Negative - Failure to Submit (2:14)
  7. Officer Negative - Pockets or Resistance (2:50)
  8. Officer Negative - J.C.H.C. (3:18)

Officer Negative / The Combat Junkies Split EP

"Live"

2001 Screaming Giant Records (SGD 1234)

Chad Wiggins – Vocals
Taylor Allender – Guitar
Todd Wisenbaker – Guitar
Joey Buli – Guitar
Roger Bell – Keyboards
Daniel Osborne – Drums

  1. Dead to the World (2:38)
  2. Stars and Stripes (3:11)
  3. Pressure (3:01)
  4. The Fence (4:19)
  5. Steel Toe Boots (1:30)
  6. Human Garbage Can (Take 1) (1:42)
  7. Human Garbage Can (Take 1) (1:04)
  8. Zombie Nation (4:37)
  9. Don't Turn Away (2:53)
  10. It's Hot in Here (1:42)
  11. Bobby & Susie (6:00)
  12. Pardise City (1:00)
  13. Satan's Gonna Lose (2:39)
  14. Sanctified (2:54)
  15. Human Garbage Can (Take 2) (2:57)
  16. J.C.H.C. (3:51)

God's Way / 180 Turnaround

2001 Something Sacred Records (SS005)

Chad Wiggins – Vocals
Taylor Allender – Guitar
Todd Wisenbaker – Guitar
Joey Buli – Guitar
Roger Bell – Keyboards
Daniel Osborne – Drums

  1. God's Way
  2. 180 Turnaround

Control is an Illusion

2002 Something Sacred Records (SS-004)

Chad Wiggins – Vocals
Taylor Allender – Guitar
Todd Wisenbaker – Guitar
Joey Buli – Guitar
Roger Bell – Keyboards
Daniel Osborne – Drums

  1. The Pile of Broken Tools (4:13)
  2. Warmth (7:18)
  3. Psalm (3:39)
  4. I Consider That… (7:33)

The Death Campaign Project

2004 Solid State Records (TND83196)

Casey Wisenbaker - Vocals
Taylor Allender – Guitar
Todd Wisenbaker – Guitar
Joey Buli – Guitar
Mark Popovich – Bass guitar
Roger Bell – Keyboards
Daniel Osborne – Drums

  1. The Dawn Breaks (3:32)
  2. The Palpable Illusion (5:01)
  3. Warmth (7:19)
  4. Several Tiers Below (2:17)
  5. Pile of Broken Tools (4:14)
  6. Reality of Emptiness (8:02)
  7. The Winter Has Past (3:32)
  8. The Knife (3:38)
  9. Woven as One / Garden for Lovers (11:43)