They play a rough form of streetpunk, and is the first band in the United States to adopt the skinhead look and the Oi! musical style. The band had close ties to the Washington, DC hardcore punk subculture, due to its relationship with other hardcore bands, with Ian Mackaye, and with Dischord Records. Singer Sab Grey was one of the many roommates in the Dischord House in Arlington, VA. The band's name — and the skinhead image of most of its members — led to accusations of fascism, which Grey has always denied. Grey stated in the original Iron Cross press kit in 1982, "...oh, and we're not Nazis!"
The band's original lineup lasted until just after the recording of their first EP Skinhead Glory. That EP features the signature song "Crucified," which was later covered by Agnostic Front, The Business, Subculture Squad and 25 ta Life. The song, "You're a Rebel" was covered by the Boston band Dropkick Murphys.
Blow left the band and was replaced by John Dunn, who left the band just before the release of the Hated and Proud EP. He was replaced by Paul Cleary, who was a founding member of the DC bands Trenchmouth and Black Market Baby. Iron Cross was introduced to the world beyond the eastern United States with their three songs on the Dischord compilation Flex Your Head.
Grey moved to England, where he married and had children. Since then, Iron Cross has re-released their EPs and previously-unreleased material in the form of the full-length CD Live For Now. Grey moved back to Baltimore, and as of 2006, was playing with The Royal Americans (a rockabilly-style band), was performing solo acoustic shows, and occasionally performed with a new lineup of Iron Cross, which completed a national tour in 2003. Ferrando now owns the DC club, The Black Cat. Haggerty lives in the Bay Area, with Dunn living in Seattle. Blow lives in Texas, and Cleary lives in the DC area.
The 2008 lineup is: Sab Grey - Vocals, Scotty Powers - Drums, Dimitri Medevev - Bass, Mark Linskey - Guitar, Shadwick Wilde - Guitar.
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