Active in the downtown art scene in Manhattan from 1978-82, the members of DISBAND screamed, shouted, sang, and stomped through the heyday of New York City’s new- and no-wave scenes, blurring the line between performance art and live music. Members included Barbara Ess, Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Daile Kaplan, Barbara Kruger, Ingrid Sischy, Diane Torr and Martha Wilson. Mirroring the chaos and temporality of that time, the band sang such songs as “The End,” “Five More Years,” “Every Day Same Old Way,” “Get Rebel,” “Sad,” “Iran-y” and “DOW.” They also addressed their status as women through songs such as “Girls’ Bill of Rights,” “Hey Baby,” “Fashions” and “Look at My Dick.”
DISBAND has performed in many New York venues, such as PS1, The Kitchen, the Mudd Club, TR3, and nationally at such venues as Hallwalls, LAICA and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1980 DISBAND toured Italy with Laurie Anderson, Chris Burden, and others.
In 2008, Disband reunited to perform at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center as part of the exhibition “Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution.”. This show originated at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.