D.R.I. Carries Punk Work Ethic to Culture Room

James Brown was the hardest-working man in show business, but veteran punk act D.R.I. is an overburdened standout among do-it-yourselfers, subsisting on little more than genuine punk values. Over the punk-metal crossover group's 26-year career, the rotating roster has grown from living in vans and eating in soup kitchens to visiting several corners of the globe, including stops in Japan, South America, and Europe and relentless tours in North America. The only break in the tour grind occurred after guitarist Spike Cassidy's cancer diagnosis in 2006. Today, Cassidy has a clean bill of health and D.R.I., which stands for Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, is as loud and thrashy as ever.