HR of Bad Brains & The Dubb Agents


Paul "H.R." (Human Rights) Hudson is the legendary frontman of Bad Brains. Noted as the pioneers of hardcore punk, Bad Brains was formed in Washington DC in 1978. The band quickly developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound, which was both musically complex and developmentally ahead of its time. Since then, H.R. has become one of the most notorious, iconic, and memorable artists in the history of music. Throughout their career, H.R. and Bad Brains incorporated sounds of punk, reggae, heavy metal, and funk to the mix, making them known worldwide for not only their music, but also their exciting and high-energy shows where H.R. would dominate the crowd. The Village Voice described H.R. on stage at a Bad Brains show "like James Brown gone berserk, which a hyperkinetic repertoire of spins, dives, back-flips, splits, and skanks."

Bad Brains put out over fifteen albums throughout their career together, landing them as 99 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, and making H.R. 38 in Swindle Magazine's 100 Most Notable Icon's of our Generation. H.R.'s solo career began in 1983 with the formation of the Human Rights, aka the H.R. Band, featuring Dave Byers, Kenny Dread, Jose Gonzales, and the Bad Brain's drummer and H.R.'s brother, Earl Hudson. The band released several groundbreaking albums, including their sensational album, "It's About Luv/Keep Out of Reach." His D.I.A records releases of albums "Out of Bounds and In Dubb" have also been staples in H.R.'s reggae and dub music repertoire. Bad Brains and the H.R. Band, using H.R. as a vehicle, were able to influence generations of music and people. His peers in the music industry also rave about his bands and his artistry. H.R. and Bad Brains released one their last albums "Build a Nation," produced by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, in 2007 to rave reviews. In the 90's Bad Brains were even on Madonna's record label "Maverick Records" and was managed by Madonna. Bad Brains latest album "Into the Future" came out in 2012. Bad Brains have been touring extensively for the past seven years and just ended their tour in South America playing the Lallapalooza festival to thousands of screaming fans. H.R. is now ready to tour again with his solo group H.R. & Dubb Agents, so please join in and welcome H.R. to Pittsburgh's Altar Bar.

Bad Brains

Formed by guitarist Dr. Know, vocalist H.R., bassist Darryl Jenifer and drummer Earl Hudson in the early 1980s, Bad Brains are influenced by reggae and pure punk rage. At the time, these two influences were surfacing in U.K. punk bands, but the Bad Brains took it a step further and were pioneers at crossing the genres and bringing a manic energy never seen before.They managed to maintain an intensity and a sense of fury while switching gears from punk to reggae to punk. Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know bring some of the most brutal and timeless musical jousts, and their interplay with Hudson drives the Brains' energy and intensity. Vocalist H.R. and his vocal virtuosity continue unchallenged today. His dub-influenced delivery is sometimes majestic, sometimes bizarre, sometimes brutal, but always compelling-- H.R. is clearly an innovative singer ahead of his time.

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