A man like Jello (née Eric Reed Boucher) should hardly need an introduction on a site designed for hardcore music (and computer) enthusiasts. To do so is like explaining the basics of World of Warcraft ridiculous, right? And yet, here goes
Most of you may know Jello as lead vocalist and lyricist of one of the greatest hardcore punk bands of all time, The Dead Kennedys. This band is responsible for moody and subtle songs like, “California Über Alles,” “Beat the Brat,” and “Too Drunk to Fuck” (a go-to wedding song for countless young couples).
These days, when he’s not extolling the virtues of net neutrality at hacker conventions, or running for various political offices (including President of the United States), California-native Biafra has channeled his post-Dead Kennedys performing talents in the art of spoken word. Though Jello might share some similarities with his nerdcore homies (love of H.R. Geiger, intense adoration of unusual vinyl recordings), he nevertheless rocks it on a different wavelength altogether by infusing his words and lyrics with a mix of raw energy, political consciousness, and playful irony. Think Zach De La Rocha with a sense of humor. And when you see Nerdcore Rising you’ll find out just how his punk sensibilities form his carefully crafted commentary on nerdcore, hip hop and all forms of “genre-fication.”