From June of 1977 to June of 1979, The Avengers played just over 100 shows, appearing with the Sex Pistols at Winterland that group's legendary last show, recording with Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and headlining dates with the X, the Go-Go's, and the Dead Kennedys. During their brief existence they released one 3-song 7 EP on Dangerhouse Records. A few months after they broke up the 4-song 12 EP came out on White Noise. In 1983 band members gathered together various recordings and put out a full length self-titled LP (the pink album) which has long since gone out of print and into legal limbo. As new generations of music fans discover the band, a never ending demand for recordings has spawned many bootlegs and two official releases, both collections of live and studio recordings, Died For Your Sins on Lookout! Records, in 1999; and the new American In Me CD on DBKWorks
With the release of the new CD, vocalist Penelope Houston has joined with original guitarist Greg Ingraham to bring the Avengers back to life, completing the line-up with bassist Joel Reader and drummer Luis Illades. The new group is called the Avengers and sometimes the scAvengers, and is playing a few select shows on the West Coast and the UK.
One of the first and finest bands to emerge from San Francisco's punk scene, the Avengers were together for only a little over two years, and they didn't release an album during their lifetime. But their passionate music and uncompromising viewpoints proved to be a major inspiration in a scene that would grow and flourish long after they broke up, and the handful of singles they left behind document a band of uncommon power and force. Just as importantly, lead singer Penelope Houston was one of the pioneering women of American punk, proving there was a place for female artists in the new music.