A Band Called Pain

A Band Called Pain

 Oakland, California, USA

Hard Rock and metal with an Oakland swagger - forging their own style while paying homage to thrash pioneers like Metallica and Exodus. Add a touch of northwest grit and there you have it. Voted Best Metal Band in the Bay Area in 2008, A.B.C.P is again set to ride with a new cd, "Beautiful Gun"


Since 2001, A BAND CALLED PAIN has been developing their muscular style and entertaining thousands. Cousins and lovers of all that is rock, Allen Richardson (vocals) and Shaun Bivens (guitar & b.g. vocals), teamed with like minded rhythm section mates Tony Providence (drums), and Bryan Dean, a.k.a. Dark Kent (bass) to form one of the best hard rock/metal bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whichever end of the spectrum a rock connoisseurs taste may lie, A.B.C.P.'s versatile style satisfies. From ballads to thrash, they do it all, and do it well. Hints of Alice and Chains, Metallica and Soundgarden sprinkle the landscape, but what sonically rises is undeniably their own.

6 years of constant gigging and hard work are beginning to payoff. Their first full length CD, "Broken Dreams", was voted one of the top 10 best independent Northern California releases of 2006 by Zero Magazine. One track from the album, "Holy" was featured on the soundtrack to the hit horror film "SAW 2". A.B.C.P. was the only indie band to be on this CD with rock icons such as Marilyn Manson, Mudvayne, and Sevendust. A second track, "Hellbound" was played during an episode of TOURGASM, Dane Cook's television series on HBO. Most recently A.B.C.P. performed in front of 15,000 folks at X-Fest 2007 in Indianapolis and followed that up with a gig in New York City for the CMJ Music Conference. Within the past year, A.B.C.P also performed for South By Southwest music conference in Austin,TX. The buzz began when Billy Steel, the now former, but longtime DJ at San Francisco rock radio station 107.7 "The Bone", featured A.B.C.P., on the popular show, "The Metal Zone ”. As quoted by the DJ, I gotta tell you, your CD is the kind that goes into the CD player and stays there!"

On their journey, A BAND CALLED PAIN has shared stages with great bands such as Living Colour, Mushroomhead, Prong,Shinedown, Smashing Pumpkins, The Bravery and Another Animal. They’'ve also played larger gigs such as the Talking House Productions Special Industry Showcase which included performances by members of Metallica, Guns and Roses, Velvet Revolver and Linkin Park.

With a national re-release of Broken Dreams happening in July 2007 and a follow up cd in the works, A BAND CALLED PAIN is poised to break barriers and make their mark on a grand scale. Expect the unexpected.


1.Broken Dreams - Full length album released independently in 2006. Picked up for national re-release via Hiero Imperium (Universal Music) July, 10th,2007

2. Three song advance promotional release of 2nd album - working title "Beautiful Gun" Released March 16th 2007 for SXSW music festival.

3.Beautiful Gun - 2010, Talking House Productions

Set List

Our sets are normally about an hour in length but on occasion we've knocked out the marathon 1:30-1:45 set. Our sets to date have been all original tunes.

Here's an example of a typical set list

1. Beautiful Gun
2.Tuskeegee Airmen
3. The Pieces
4. Hellbound
5. Charger
6. Freedom Ain't Free
7. Machine
8. Ten Fold
9. Holy
10. Broken Dreams
11. Walk Away
12. County Line