Kurt Brecht

Kurt Preston Brecht (born August 24, 1961 in Houston, Texas[1]) is an American vocalist and author, best known for his work as vocalist of crossover thrash band D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles).

Kurt Brecht
Brecht performing with D.R.I. in 2008
Brecht performing with D.R.I. in 2008
Background information
Birth nameKurt Preston Brecht
Born (1961-08-24) August 24, 1961 (age 59)
Houston, Texas
GenresCrossover thrash, thrash metal, hardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter
Years active1980 – present
Associated actsD.R.I., Pasadena Napalm Division

He is also in a thrash band called Pasadena Napalm Division (P.N.D.)


Brecht formed D.R.I. in 1982 when he was 21 years old, along with his brother Eric on drums, Spike Cassidy on guitar and Dennis Johnson on bass. After releasing their first album in 1983, D.R.I. experienced its first lineup change, with Eric and Dennis Johnson leaving the band in 1984. Since then, D.R.I. would go through many lineup changes, although Brecht has remained constant as the vocalist alongside guitarist Spike Cassidy who also has been a permanent member. With the release of the highly regarded but commercially unsuccessful 1985 album Dealing with It!, D.R.I. abandoned the hardcore punk style of their first album for a crossover thrash style, which would continue on their next four albums, Crossover (1987), 4 of a Kind (1988), their breakthrough Thrash Zone (1989), and Definition (1992). After weak sales of their last studio album date, Full Speed Ahead (1995), D.R.I. had decided they would no longer record any new music. Since then, the band has continued touring almost constantly for years, and until 2016's But Wait...There's More!, they had not released any new material.


Brecht has published four books: Notes From The Nest, The 30-Day Diarrhea Diet Plan, See The Loud Feeling, and Whore Stories.[2]


Other than working with D.R.I., Brecht did guest vocals on "Silent Spring" by Dave Grohl's side project dubbed Probot.

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