Attention-getting, sensationally (and perhaps actually) chauvinist heavy-metal/punk band The Mentors, who are now men in their 50s and still shilling what they dubbed "rape rock" going back to the 1980s, are scheduled to appear at Oakland's Stork Club on September 5 according to the band, even though the date has yet to appear on the venue's calendar. Because they're on what they're calling their Anti-Antifa Tour, likely in a bid get more social media attention, IndyBay has taken the bait and is telling its constituents to call the Stork Club and "demand that the venue not host a band this hateful, fascist, and vile."
The band is down to three members, two of them who have been with the band since it formed in the 1970s in Seattle (relocating to Los Angeles in 1979): guitarist Eric Carlson, a.k.a. Sickie Wifebeater; bassist and singer Steve Broy, a.k.a. Dr. Heathen Scum; and drummer Rick Lomas, a.k.a. Insect On Acid. Their tour flyer shows them all wearing black hoods over their faces, executioner-style long a signature of their stage act and with one of them holding a gun to the head of a hunched-over naked woman.
Without exploring to what extent the act and the name of the tour really expresses this band's political leanings or IRL views of women, and acknowledging that their lyrics are basically the vulgar drivel of adolescent boys, The Mentors seem to always have been aiming for a sleaze-obsessed performance style on the level of John Waters except with more emphasis on sexual assault and sexual shock value.
Frontman Eldon Hoke, a.k.a. El Duce, died in 1997 after what police called a "misadventure" involving some train tracks and an oncoming train in Riverside, California. There's a conspiracy theory around this connected to statements Hoke made about Courtney Love allegedly asking him to kill Kurt Cobain.
Below, longtime friend and co-founder of the band Broy talks about a memoir he wrote in 2015 about El Duce and the history of the band, which includes some vintage clips.
And below is a trailer for a 2017 documentary about the band titled The Mentors: Kings of Sleaze, which shows examples of how they've been succeeding at offending people since the 1980s, earning them a spot on Jerry Springer at one point. In it the current members frame their act as "defending freedom of speech."