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The Independents are an American horror-punk/ska band formed in Florence, South Carolina in 1992 by Evil Presly and Willy B. Their first recording was a four-song demo recorded in 1992 at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina which they duplicated onto approximately 260 cassettes using a home stereo. Evil personally sold these while tour managing the band 49 Reasons during their first US Tour. In October 1995, they released their debut album In for the Killon Rock Duster Records.

From their beginning, the band was championed by Joey Ramone of the Ramones. In 1998, Joey served as executive producer on their EP Unholy Living Dead. That year, they also played dates on the Warped Tour. Joey would manage the band until his death in 2001. The band’s 2001 album, Back from the Grave, was produced by Joey and Ramones producer Daniel Jeannette 2017 film now