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LYRES is a Boston-based band, lead by Jeff Conolly. DMZ was the pre-Lyres line-up, with some musicians playing in Lyres. As plenty of Boston bands, the story is quite complicated, and going to side-bands and linked bands drive more to a real web than a tree.

One source was Pete Frame's band tree as reprinted in A Promise Is A Promise (scanned hereafter), the other from Joe Harvard's Rock in Boston : "Luckily, Lyres veteran Dan McCormack took pity on my pathetically inadequate archival efforts, and sent me the following list of Lyres line-ups. It contradicts the family tree in the A Promise Is A Promise LP, compiled by Rock Family Tree guy Pete Frame, which Danny figures "may be approx 70% correct". Former band members have pointed out that Frame garnered 100% of his data straight from Jeff'- and they cite this as the primary reason that it's not quite all there."

Re-forming as DMZ for a couple of gigs in New York (Cavestomp!2001 at Warsaw - nov.3 & 4 ; dec.28th), still playing in 2003. Also still playing as LYRES in 2003.


DMZ lineup #1
jan.76 / mar.76
Mike Lewis, bass / Peter Greenberg, guitar / J.J.Rassler, guitar / Mike Lewis, drums / Adam Schwartz, vocals

> rehearsals (Kinks, John Mayall, Soft Machine covers) & one gig (where Jeff Conolly met the friends of his mate Adam Schwartz)
DMZ lineup #2
mar.76 / jun.76
Mike Lewis, bass / Peter Greenberg, guitar / J.J.Rassler, guitar / Mike Lewis, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, keyboards
Jeff Conolly wasn't in the first line-up

> recorded 'First Time Is Best Time' & 'Teenage Head' (issued 1986, Telstar Records)
DMZ lineup #3
jun.76 / oct.76
Mike Lewis, bass / Peter Greenberg, guitar / J.J.Rassler, guitar / David Robinson, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, keyboards
David Robinson was from the Modern Lovers (with Jonathan Richman and John Felice, future Real Kids, both from Boston), and will quit DMZ to integrate The Cars

> gigs, recorded WTBS live demos July 1976 (issued as When I get Off CD by Voxx, 1993) and Live at the Rat sept.28th 1976 (issued 2001 by Bomp)
DMZ lineup #4
oct.76 / may.78
Rick Coraccio, bass / Peter Greenberg, guitar / J.J.Rassler, guitar / Paul Murphy, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, keyboards
Paul Murphy & Rick Coraccio have played as "Children R&R Band" with John Felice (ex-Modern Lovers and future Real Kids)

> Lift Up Your Hood - first ep for Bomp // first LP on Sire
DMZ lineup #5
may.78 / jul.78
Rick Coraccio, bass / J.J.Rassler, guitar / Paul Murphy, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, keyboards

> gigs
DMZ lineup #6
jul.78 / dec.78
Rick Coraccio, bass / J.J.Rassler, guitar / Preston Wayne, guitar / Paul Murphy, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, keyboards
Preston Wayne (ex-Crozy Jack, later Time Beings) came to help (JJ Rassler wanted a second guitarist)

> gigs (first with Preston : with the Stranglers at Intermediate Theater, NYC, July 1978) // some demos recorded (issued on Relics)
>> JJ Rassler and Jeff Conolly splitted on Thanksgiving day, 1978... JJ Rassler and Preston Wayne formed the
Odds while Jeff Conolly, with Rick Coraccio & Paul Murphy, formed the Lyres.
JJ Rassler fronted The
Odds throughout 1980's, then joined the Queers as lead guitarist in 1987-1990. He put together Downbeat 5 with his wife, vocalist/guitarist Jen Rassler in 2000.
After the Odds, Preston Wayne then formed the Time Beings.
DMZ lineup #7
from sept. 2001
Rick Coraccio, bass / J.J.Rassler, guitar / Paul Murphy, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, keyboards (eventually also with Jack Hickey on guitar)
first appearance as DMZ in over twenty years, for New York CaveStomp gigs. Still playing in 2003 with this line-up.
The Lyres & DMZ played at the RAT, with Willie Alexander and the Real Kids in 2003


lineup #1
jan.79 / aug.79
Rick Carmel, guitar / Rick Coraccio: bass, back.vocals / Paul Murphy: drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ

> How Do You Know / Don't Give It Up Now - 7" on Sounds Interesting
> jan'89 : second gig recorded
Live at Cantone's (issued on Pryct LP # 1003, 1987)
lineup #2
aug.79 / dec.79
Alex Kronos, guitar / Scott Parmenter, bass / Bob Mackenzie, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
Scott Parmenter went off to play with the Real Kids
lineup #3
dec.79 / feb.80
Alex Kronos, guitar / Kit Dennis, bass / Bob Mackenzie, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
Kit Dennis went in from The Infliktors
lineup #4
mar.80
Frank Rowe, guitar / Tony Cagnita, guitar / Kit Dennis, bass / Bob Mackenzie, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
Frank Rowe had the band Classic Ruins (with ex-Real Kids Billy Borgiolli)
lineup #5
apr.80 / may.80
Frank Rowe, guitar / Tony Cagnita, guitar / Mike Lewis, bass / Howie Ferguson, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
Howie Ferguson had played with The Real Kids, Mike Lewis with DMZ
> line-up for the Portland gig on The Early Years -1979 to 1983 (Crypt #057)
lineup #6.0
may.80
Peter Greenberg, guitar / Kit Dennis, bass / Howie Ferguson, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
Mike Lewis went off to play with Frank Rowe in the Classic Ruins, then switched back with Kit Dennis.
lineup #6
jun.80 / jan.82
Peter Greenberg, guitar / Mike Lewis, bass / Howie Ferguson, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ

> AHS 1005 12" on Ace of Hearts, 1981
> Help You Ann / I Really Want You Right Now - 7" Ace Of Hearts, 1983
lineup #7
jan./ spring.82
Ricky Carmel, guitar / Rick Coraccio, bass / Paul Murphy, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
the first line-up again, for one month to fulfill gig obligations (the 3 others havong the band The Last Ones)
> gigs in Canada & USA
lineup #8
spring/ dec.82
Peter Greenberg, guitar / Phil Lenker, bass / Paul Murphy, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
Peter Greenberg & Phil Lenker (from 21 645) went off to play with Barrence Whitfield a the Savages
> gigs, rehearsals
lineup#9
jan.83 / jan.86
Dan McCormack, guitar / Rick Coraccio, bass / Paul Murphy, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ

> On Fyre, recorded summer 1983 and released 1984
lineup#10
jan.86
Dan McCormack, guitar / Rick Coraccio, bass / Dave bass, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
> gigs
lineup#11
jan.86
Dan McCormack, guitar / Rick Coraccio, bass / Miriam Linna, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ
(Miriam Linna had played with the Cramps, wrote liner notes for Norton's (re)issues of Real Kids CDs; she runs Norton)
> gigs
lineup#12
feb./ jun.86
Dan McCormack, guitar / Rick Coraccio, bass / Johnny Bernardo (John Smith), drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ

> recorded Lyres Lyres released in oct.1986
lineup#13
jul.86 / jun.87
Dan McCormack, guitar / Matt Miklos, bass / Johnny Bernardo, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ

> gigs in USA and Europe
lineup#14
jun.87
Aram Heller, guitar / Matt Miklos, bass / Johnny Bernardo, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ

> actually never saw the light of day, so technically it never really existed
lineup#15
jul.87 / ?.88
Jack Hickey, guitar / Matt Miklos, bass / Johnny Bernardo, drums / Jeff Conolly, vocals, organ

> gigs in USA, Canada and Europe
> recorded
A Promise is A Promise released in oct.1986
lineup#16
?.88 / ??
Jack Hickey - guitar / Matt Miklos - bass / Judd Williams - drums / Jeff Conolly - vocals, organ

> gigs in USA and Europe / studio sessions ["Signed D.C." (Arthur Lee) on UnLoved comp.]
+ end 88 Jack Hickey - guitar / Mark Ray - bass / Dave "Bass" Brown - drums / Jeff Conolly - vocals, organ

> line-up mentioned at a live performance at Bunratty's in Boston 11/30/88
lineup#17
1989
Carl Rusk - guitar / Tom Ward - bass / Ron Silva - drums / Jeff Conolly - vocals, organ

> In 1989, Jeff moved out to San Diego. While there he enlisted The Nashville Ramblers to play shows with him as the Lyres.
Ron Silva (Nashville Ramblers, Crawdaddys), Carl Rusk (Nashville Ramblers, The Mystery Machine), Tom Ward (Nashville Ramblers, Gravedigger V.)
lineup#18
91 / 92
Richard Carmel Jr. - guitar / Rick Coraccio - bass / Paul Murphy - drums / Jeff Conolly - vocals, keyboards & Jack Hickey - harmonica

> recorded Nobody But Lyres ep & Happy Now LP / recorded and mixed at Lanes, Boston, Mass. in 1991, issued 1993
lineup#19
93 / 94
Jack Hickey - guitar / Rick Coraccio - bass / Jim Janota - drums / Jeff Conolly - keyboards, vocals

> gigs; Sentrum, Oslo (Norway, 24.9.93) recorded / studio sessions at The Lanes, Boston, Mass., Aug.1993 >> THOSE LYRES LP issued in 1995
lineup#20
98 / 2001
Steve Aquino - guitar / Rick Coraccio - bass / Paul Murphy - drums / Jeff Conolly - vocals, organ
Rick Coraccio & Paul Murphy still playing with Jeff Conolly, 25 years after they entered original DMZ line-up !

> studio sessions : "She told me lies" recorded at The Lanes, 1998, issued as split single with The Chesterfield Kings, 1998
> Tear You Up
lineup#21
2002 / 2003
Jared Everett - guitar / Rick Coraccio - bass / Paul Murphy - drums / Jeff Conolly - vocals, organ

> gigs in 2002 (eg. Boston's Middle East 8/2/02).
> 2003 : Still playing with this line-up (e.g.May 3rd, at The Linwood Grill, Boston)
Lyres & DMZ played at the RAT, with Willie Alexander and the Real Kids in 2003
2004 Dan ? - guitar / Rick Coraccio - bass / Paul Murphy - drums / Jeff Conolly - vocals, organ

> thenoise-boston related Kirkland Café, 7/3/04 , with Dan & Rick not showing up, and Classic Ruins' Frank Rowe elisted to plau guitar, while Jeff played Rick's bass parts on the organ in addition to the melodies.
2005 The Maggots back up Jeff Conolly for European gigs:
> For an exclusive Gearclub show in Stockholm at Debaser January 14th, 2005 > Gearclub poster <
2005 Lyres in concert , at Primitive! Dutch International Garage Festival, Rotterdam, July 2nd 2005



Pete Frame's Rock Family Tree as it appears in folded sleeve of A Promise Is A Promise :




"The Lyres were and are a band basically comprised of Jeff Conolly and anybody else he felt like playing music with for a while and then firing. He started out in Boston singing with punk/60's band DMZ in the mid-to-late '70's while working at local rib house Buzzy's Bar-B-Q.  The band got signed to Sire Records during the initial post-punk/new wave upheavel, but their first and only release was horribly produced by Flo and Eddie of the Turtles(!) ("it sounded like their bellys were pushing up the bass drum faders and nothing else") and the band disintegrated shortly afterward. Jeff recruited a couple of the guys from DMZ and recorded a break-out single on Ace of Hearts Records, a local label founded by Richard W. Harte." [trouserpress.com]


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