Dr. Know (band)
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|Years active||1981–1991, 1998–2010, 2012-present|
|Associated acts||Stigmata, |
|Members||Kyle Toucher |
|Past members||Ismael Hernandez |
The band was started by Kyle Toucher, Ismael Hernandez, and Robin Cartwright in early 1981, and after auditioning a few singers, local
However the early momentum was somewhat derailed by escalating inner turmoil which culminated in Cruz leaving the group in 1983, leaving Toucher to take over vocals just as the band was starting recording of Plug In Jesus for
Before an American tour for This Island Earth with Scottish
After another short U.S. tour and attempt at writing a new album, Rick Heller quit the band before moving to Scotland, where he joined
The Dr. Know song "Piece of Meat," written by Toucher and Cruz, is used on the 1998 (season two)
In 1998, Cruz called Hernandez and together they approached Toucher to get the band back together. Toucher declined, but Hernandez and Cruz recruited others and embarked on a North American tour with big-name punk acts of the time.
In September 2001, Cruz was asked to sing with old friends, the reunited
Dr. Know released their last record in 2009, on Unrest Records, entitled "Killing For God." Cruz, Hernandez, and the Contreras cousins, Rick and Steve, all wrote the record, recorded in Santa Cruz, California.
May 2010, Dr. Know with Hernandez and Cruz played a final gig. This version of the band played 2 more special gigs in Santa Cruz, Ca., and in Oakland, November 25 and 26, 2011, as well.
Founding member, and the 6th and 8th vocalist and songwriter Kyle Toucher, now works as a visual effects and digital artist in Los Angeles, CA. He has done work on TV series such as
On August 18, 2010 Brandon Cruz posted the official end of he and Hernandez' version of Dr Know.
|“||Dr. Know officially announces the end.
The band played its last gig in May. Unable to find a suitable guitarist, the band went on a long hiatus. Still unable to get it's shit together, the band disintegrated. We had fun. No doubt about that. The last 12 years of this version of the band went through some great times on the road and in the studio. We want to thank all of the fans who stuck by us, and to all of the people who helped along the way. dung face, Mike V., Jody, Eric, Sean, Eric V. N!k, Craig, Stevil, Rick and Gizz, you guys were amazing. Thanks to you all. Thanks to Kyle for starting the band with Ismael way back when. Thanks to the Nardcore Scene, The Jak's Team, all the bands we toured with and played with, Malt Soda, Hello, and Unrest Records. We will never forget the fun and good times we had. It's over for now. For some of us in the band, new things will happen. Stay tuned.
Thanks for everything,
The same day that Brandon Cruz announced the breakup of the punk Dr. Know, Kyle Toucher announced the reformation of the Wreckage in Flesh era line up. Called The Real Dr. Know featuring Kyle Toucher, the lineup is Toucher, Mike Purdy, Tim Harkins, and Steve "El Steevo" Morrison. As of late 2011, the Toucher-led Dr. Know has reformed and have played a few successful West Coast gigs.
Brandon Cruz is still playing punk rock and is also a very successful photographer, business owner, consultant, and healer.
A metal version of the band with Toucher, featuring Toucher, died sometime in 2015.
Dr. Know gave birth to KNOW, in November 2016. Known as KNOW, ex members of the band playing the punk music of Dr. Know, began rehearsing with Cruz, Hernandez, Larz White, ex drummer from the metal era, and Fred Mattaquin, the 2nd guitarist on the Burn ep.
KNOW are going to Europe with
Since no one else is doing it, Brandon, Destroyer Rick, Stevil, and friend Willy Jak of Dayglo Abortions are headed to Europe in May, 2018, playing as Dr. Know, just like KNOW did, doing all punk songs.