DON VINIL - VOCALS CRAIG GRAY - GUITAR WILL SHATTER - BASS TODD ROBERTSON - DRUMS
Negative Trend was born out of the short lived band Grand Mal which formed in July of ’77. Grand Mal’s first lineup featured Don Vinil, later of the Offs, on vocals, Craig Gray on guitar, Vale, of Search and Destroy magazine on bass and Todd Robertson on drums. Vale soon left due to his magazine commitments and Will Shatter, who had recently returned from the UK, joined the band. Will had no musical experience and bought his first bass when he joined. Craig taught him to play each song note by note. Grand Mal’s first gig was at a party but as the drummer never showed Danny Furious from the Avengers played drums. Grand Mal started rehearsing with a second guitar player, Fred (last name lost in the mists of time). When that didn’t work out Don and Fred left to start the Offs.
GRAND MAL GIGS
October 2 1977 Safes 1080 Howard St w the Avengers
October 27 1977 Mabuhay Gardens w the Avengers and the Dils
November 7 1977 Mabuhay Gardens w the Dead Boys and the Readymades