Robb Hayes, guitarist for legendary Oklahoma punk band Debris, passed away early Monday morning after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 58.
Hayes performed in 1970s rock bands The Cocktails and Victoria Vein and the Thunderpunks, which were precedents to Debris. In 1976, Debris would release Static Disposal, and shortly afterwards, part ways. The album would become an underground cult favorite through the years and would even catch the notice of legendary punk club CBGB.
While not an original member of Debris, Hayes would join the reformed Debris when they played a reunion show in 2005. At the time of the reunion, Hayes was in a band (briefly known as both Chuck Poison Ivey Ensemballs and 31 Stab Wounds) with original Debris members Chuck Ivey and Johnny Gregg and fellow Thunderpunks bandmate C.R. Harrison. Since then, Debris has continued playing shows around the Oklahoma City metro.
Earlier this year, Debris released a 7″ via Little Mafia Records, which featured three new songs – “So Pissed Off”, “Play My Heart” and “On My Way Out”.
Below is Hayes playing guitar for Victoria Vein and the Thunderpunks on Ronnie Kaye’s “The Scene” around 1974. He’s wearing the tan, leopard print-lined vest.
Funeral services are pending. We will update this post when they’re made available.
UPDATE: Robb’s service will be at this Friday (June 28) at 4pm at The McRay Funeral Home in Chickasha.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, fans and bandmates.