When: Fri., Jan. 9, 8 p.m. 2015
Even by the standards of early punk in Los Angeles, The Flesh Eaters was an anomaly. East LA boasted the Chicano-inflected style of The Plugz, Hollywood yielded The Gun Club’s diabolic bluesman missives, and the macabre fixations of what’s been retroactively dubbed “death rock” crystallized in bands such as 45 Grave, among countless other singular acts. Led by Chris D., a scholar of depraved films and a purveyor of gloomy poetics delivered in the voice of a parched reptile, The Flesh Eaters’ initial output consisted of a 1978 EP, 1980’s No Questions Asked and 1981’s A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die (both of which recently enjoyed overdue reissues). A Minute to Pray particularly endures as a hallmark of the period, thanks in no small part to a most renowned lineup featuring Chris D. with members of X, The Blasters, and Los Lobos. That incarnation of The Flesh Eaters has re-formed for four California dates, including a performance at the Great American Music Hall (859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco) on Friday.