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Dementia Precox / Bio

Experimental, Industrial Noise band from Dayton, Ohio. Dementia Precox was formed on January 12, 1980 by Gyn Cameron (vocals/keys) and Rodger Revlon (vocals, sax, metal percussion). By September of that year, they released their first cassette product, The Not So Hidden Persuaders. Soon after, the duo recruited two more members, Max "Noise" Nye (guitar) and Troy Green (bass), of the local band, The Occupants. Along with their fifth member Syd (a wax dummy head), the new line-up went into the studio and recorded four tracks: "Mines", "Dead On 2 Legs Luncheonette", "Hours", and "Car Pools Save Gas". The former two were released as a two track single in March of 1981.

Dementia Precox had completed a mini lp, SCHP, which aquired international attention for the band. In 1983, the band relocated to San Francisco, California but broke up by the end of the year.

The band would eventually revive and relocate back back to Dayton, Ohio with two members of the former line-up, Cameron and Nye, along with two new members, Dennis Schlichter (guitar) and Pam Adams (metal).

Cameron completely revamped the band by incorporating computer based sequencing technology and a powerful, new analog synthesizer called the Oberheim Matrix 12 into the 'Dementia' sound. He also rebuilt the band from the ground up by recruiting new guitarist, Eric Purtle, and new metal percussionist/keyboardist, Royse Robbins.

This new direction landed Dementia's sound somewhere between the Industrial dance sound of WaxTrax! Records and New Wave Gothic Pop. Hints of vintage SPK were also present. Dementia Precox as a band officially broke up in January 1990, almost ten years to the date of it's inception.

In the Spring of 1995, Dementia Precox played a reunion concert in Dayton, Ohio with the original 1986 line-up of Cameron, Purtle, and Robbins. The band continued to play concerts for the next year and then faded away once more.

In October, the band returned one last time with the highly anticipated line-up from 1981: Cameron, Revlon, Noise, and Green. Also recruited for the line-up were previous guitarist, Purtle, and a drummer, Jason Himes. The original, reformed Dementia Precox, who had not played together on stage since 1982, performed live in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 26 to a crowd of adoring fans. On October 31, the group played their final concert in Dayton, Ohio. Soon after, the band split up and stated that they will not be reforming.

Cameron passed away on September 24, prompting a memorial reunion performance of Dementia Precox in Dayton October 15th to include former members Green, Nye, Revlon, Schlichter (metal), Purtle, Robbins, Nick Kizirnis (guitar, theremin), Ed Lacy (metal, keys), Himes (vocals) with Jim Ingram added on drums.

The reunion performance initiated a reawakening of creativity within the group and inspired a reformation dubbed simply "Dementia". This new incarnation consists of Green, Nye, Revlon, Purtle, Jason Himes, Lacy, Ingram and Dayton/Nashville-area musician Patrick Himes on synthesizers.

-Portions of biography provided by Discogs.com

General Info

Band Members
Max Nye, Roger Revlon, Eric Purtle, Jonas Miseh, Jim Ingram, Tim Krug
Artist Name
Dementia Precox
Home Page
Active Since
Alternative / Art Rock / Industrial

Contact Info

Dayton, OH