As I said before, my friend Mike left me a bag of tapes sitting on the floor at Thrillhouse the last time he rolled through town and I've been slowly sifting through them. When I plopped this tape into the dynamic digitizing machine, I remembered that this band had written me years ago to help them out with a show in Indiana. I was gonna be on tour, so I steered them towards some friends for a show. I don't know if it worked out or not. I never heard anything about it. I never even listened to the band until now. As this tape played, I thought, "eh, this is pretty good...nothing too special." Then, I went in the kitchen to make my usual eggs/kale/potatoes combo and I could not get the chorus of "Lately" out of my head! You win this round, PARASITES GO!
I wasn't around the Bay Area for this era of local punk, but I heard that these guys put on a good show and were responsible for many lingering choruses in many a noggin. You will be afflicted with this same fate when you download this for yourself and let the pop-punk wave wash over you. Go ahead.
I am more of a fan of SOPORS, who came after (?) this band and shared some members. They put out a sprawling mess of an LP last year that was one of my favorites of 2011. Some of these guys have now moved on to an outfit called VIOLENT CHANGE, who I have yet to see, even though I've had a few chances. Color me stupid. What? Fuck it.
If you live in the Bay Area, VIOLENT CHANGE is playing tonight at The Knockout.