Kraut was a New York band who started playing in 1981. Their very first performance was opening for the Clash at Bonds in NYC (Summer 1981). Members Include: Davey Gunner (vocals), Doug Holland (guitar/vocals) Don Cowan (bass/vocals), and Johnny Feedback (drums/vocals), and Ryk Oakley, producer. While recording their 1st album, they opened up for The Professionals (band) at the Channel Nightclub in Boston. Steve Jones (ex-Sex Pistols) and Kraut became good friends and recorded extra guitar tracks on "An Adjustment to Society" album. Steve was included on Kill for Cash, Sell Out and Onward. The video for "All Twisted" from that album appeared in rotation on MTV, the first independent band to be played on MTV. The band went on to release "Whetting the Scythe" and toured the USA.
Their early sound was New York Hardcore / Thrash. By the mid-'80s, Kraut had become a Hard rock/Metal band (Г la later period SSD or similar Boston bands). Christopher Smith from Battalion of Saints joined and recorded with the band. He appears on some tracks with Doug Holland on later releases.
They appeared on several compilations and also put out some of their own releases. They were also the first New York Hardcore band to appear on television. Guitarist Doug Holland went on to play for New York Hardcore band the Cro-Mags.