PIONEERS OF CHRISTIAN HARDCORE PUNK IN THE 1980s
The Lead (Nina Llopis on bass and vocals, Julio Rey on guitar and vocals, and Robbie Christie on drums and vocals) was one of the very first Christian punk bands to emerge from the fledgling Christian underground in the mid-1980’s. Their career spanned the years 1984 through 1991. In 1989, guitarist Andy Coyle was added, and he remained with the band until 1991
In those years they recorded four EPs, a full-length cassette and a full-length CD, played three Cornerstone festivals and briefly toured the eastern half of the U.S. three times. Their style of music changed as the years passed, starting from a base of pure punk into hardcore and then finally crossing over into thrash. The Lead was the second band signed to REX Music, in 1987. That year they played Cornerstone for the first time.
The bands they played with, either as openers or headliners, included Suicidal Tendencies, DRI, MDC, Marginal Man, Cynic, Bloodgood, the Crucified, Believer, Whitecross, One Bad Pig, Deliverance, Vengeance Rising, and Crashdog.
In 2006, Retroactive Records re-released the band’s entire back catalog as a 2-CD set.
In 2010 the Lead agreed to reunite to record a new EP. After long periods of demoing in 2011 and rehearsals in spring 2012, the recording process began in October and has continued through December 2012.