Written By Marc C. Pietrek 2019




[Marc C. Pietrek filed the following report for VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT ( on 01/06/2019 01:30 PM EST] At the time in the mid-1980s, I had already been listening to primarily traditional heavy metal/hard rock bands like BLACK SABBATH , IRON MAIDEN, OZZY OSBOURNE, the SCORPIONS and JUDAS PRIEST and “glam” metal such as DOKKEN and RATT on A.O.R. (Album-oriented radio for you youngsters) for a little over three years. Around that time, a MAJOR shift in my musical tastes occurred. As much as I loved the tried-and-tried traditional stuff, at that point in time, its’ edge had become dull to my ears and as far as I was concerned, “glam” metal just seemed (for lack of a better term) moronic.

I craved something different. Music with a serrated edge and red-line intensity. Something with unbridled fury. While avidly listening to my high school’s student-run radio station, KVHS 90.5 FM ‘the rock”, I found what I was looking for in thrash metal, absorbing as much MOTÖRHEAD, METALLICA, SLAYER and EXODUS (amongst others) as I could. But it was not only a thrash metal wave I was riding. Another style of music had caught my attention like a a USMC drill Sargent addressing the troops on the first day of boot camp and that was punk rock. Bands like the MISFITS, BROKEN BONES, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, 7 SECONDS, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT and M.D.C. just to name a few. Whereas before when punk and metal heads could never co-exist together, that was all being thrown out the proverbial fucking window. Thrash metal and punk rock bands were now directly influencing each other, creating a truly “dark united front”. For my hard-earned scaratch, all those bands helped in forging one of the greatest music scene ever. Unfortunately the scene died out and these days, I rarely hear bands today that possess that level of reckless abandon that a lot of those bands did.

However, there is still hope. Fellow rivet-heads, I present to you, Las Vegas punk rockers, The JAGOFFS. Per the band’s bio, “Hailing from Sin City, Las Vegas Nevada are The JAGOFFS, a band with so many influences it’s hard to put into a genre. Saying they are punk or metal is just an understatement. With what once started as a punk cover band it quickly morphed into an original fusion of punk, metal, hardcore, death, black metal, pop punk, ska and just about anything else you wanna throw in there. With Jeff “Robo” Butts (vocals), Gage Butts (bass), Jarred Webb (guitar) and John Feeney (drums), they are proving to be a force to be reckoned with. The motto is “Reinventing Sin City Punk Rock” and that is exactly what they intend to do. Check out their debut release,’Smear Campaign’ on American’t Records”.

Rivet-heads, this band harkens me back to the days of when I was hanging out at RASPUTIN RECORDS in Pleasant Hill, California around 1986. Thumbing through rows and rows of vinyl LPs. Talking to dudes wearing thrash metal and punk band tee-shirts, everyone from VENOM to The ACCUSED to R.K.L. Everybody asking what was new that was heavy, fast and angry. ‘Smear Campaign’ is a seven song gauntlet that will pummel your ear drums and wreck your neck and leave you wanting even more. It should actually probably included medical-grade gloves due the exorbitant amount of piss and vinegar it oozes. My favorite track off the album has to be “False Prophet”, with the incorporating of classic death metal-style vocals and riffs into the bullet-train speed punk rock diatribe. The production on this album is outstanding if you ask me because it not only sounds good through regular stereo system, but through tiny smart phone speakers as well. Major props for the hard work that they put forth on making a quality recording, especially on a debut. So often, that is not the case.

While texting “Robo” just a few days ago, we came upon the subject of the band’s influences. MOTORHEAD, NOFX, The MISFITS, ALICE IN CHAINS, RANCID, FUGAZI, METALLICA, BLACK FLAG, BLACK SABBATH and THIN LIZZY were mentioned as some of their primary ones. While I am not familiar with the other members of The JAGOFFS, I have known “Robo” for a few years now. This dude an old vet to of the Chicago metal scene of the 1980s which featured TROUBLE, ENFORCER and the criminally underrated ZOETROPE. While having a conversation about that scene a ways back, he told me about the time that he saw MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND when they rolled through the Windy City while on tour. Per “Robo”: ” Just partied with them. Dave Mustaine accused my guy, Barry Stern [ZOETROPE, TROUBLE] of stealing his leather jacket. I told him to Go fuck himself; why would he do that? Turns out that [MEGADETH guitarist] Chris (Poland) and [MEGADETH drummer] Gar (Samulsen) hid it as a joke. Meeting the king was awesome! Partied with them on their bus and when I left, [KING DIAMOND drummer] Mikkey Dee gave me two cases of GROLCHE beer haha”.

Jeff “Robo” Butts (vocals)


Jarred Webb (guitar)

Gage Butts (bass)

John Feeney (drums),

The JAGOFFS are kicking off 2019 by not sitting on their asses. “Robo” offered these thoughts on their upcoming live shows this month in their hometown of Las Vegas: “Have some cool shows coming up. Looking forward to to playing with peace punks, REAGAN YOUTH (01/15/2019). You know, “peace through anarchy”. Also have So Cal punk legends, RADolescents and CIVILIANS (01/17/2019). Then a show with our friends, The PSYATICS (01/19/2019). We are looking forward to all these shows and see what 2019 brings. Reinventing Sin City Punk Rock”. So, naturally, if you are in Sin City at that particular time, take time away from the card tables and strip clubs and go support some ass-kicking punk rock!

Be sure to listen to ‘Smear Campaign’ on BANDCAMP and/or on SPOTIFY. Be sure to also visit their official FACEBOOK band page and check out the video links listed directly below. Cheers, ya rivet-heads!!


Author: Marc Pietrek

I grew up in northern California during the 1980s and have been an AVID heavy metal fan since 1982. Having experienced the Bay Area thrash metal scene first hand, thrash metal will always be at my core, However, I am also a huge fan of death metal, doom metal, traditional heavy metal, stoner rock/metal and old-school black metal. If it concerns any of those sub-genres, (to borrow a quote from Christopher Walken in 'THE KING OF NEW YORK') "I want in on it!!". Cheers, ya rivet-heads!!

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