Lard is a hardcore punk/Industrial band. Founded in 1989 as a side project by Jello Biafra (vocals), Alain Jourgensen (guitar), Paul Barker (bass), and the late Jeff Ward (drums). Biafra is perhaps best known as the former frontman of the now semi-defunct punk rock band Dead Kennedys. Jourgensen and Barker are founding members of the industrial metal band Ministry, of which Ward was also once a touring member. Over the years, several other members of Ministry played with Lard, namely Bill Rieflin, Mike Scaccia, Louis Svitek and Rey Washam.
Like most of Biafra's work, Lard's songs are angrily political (the War on Drugs is a particularly common theme) but often have a tinge of humour.
As of 2006, Lard have not officially toured and have only performed live a handful of times, mostly around the San Francisco, CA area (where Jello lives and operates his Alternative Tentacles record label) - during Ministry's 1988 tour and throughout their 1989-1990 dates (Jello was a touring member), once in Chicago after wrapping the recording of The Last Temptation Of Reid, once at the conclusion of a Ministry concert in Los Angeles (Mar. 24, 2003), and at the San F...