Maty’s Corner #32 Keepin’ The Ape Drape Alive: The Vandals

Fish Tank #32 Keepin’ The Ape Drape Alive: The Vandals Starting 1980 outta Huntington Beach, CA is The Vandals! One of the most recognizable bands in punk. They are survivors of the 1980’s hard core scene who managed to stay punk and not just give up, even after the exit of founding vocalist Stevo Jensen. Along with being a legendary band, they also appeared in the punk rock favorite cult film suburbia and were a staple at the legendary Cuckoo’s Nest during its existence. All while poking fun at everything including punk itself. 1982,84 and 89 mark the Vandals’ first … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #32 Keepin’ The Ape Drape Alive: The Vandals

Maty’s Corner #31 I Wanna Be Unusual, I Wanna Be Punk Rock: Guttermouth

Maty’s Corner #31 I Wanna Be Unusual, I Wanna Be Punk Rock: Guttermouth Starting in 1988 from Huntington Beach, CA is a band with no middle ground on fan base, Guttermouth. One of the more influential skate punk bands, their lyrics definitely tapped into the attitude and these guys were exactly that. Led by the extremely sensitive Mark Adkins this band knows how to make ya feel special and loved. Actually, they don’t give a crap. Whether you think they’re awesome or they fucking piss you off, if you’ve heard them, you’ve strongly reacted. If you’re able to hang, enjoy … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #31 I Wanna Be Unusual, I Wanna Be Punk Rock: Guttermouth

Fish Tank #30 D Term Nation Strikes Small Town: The LINE

Maty’s Corner #30 D Term Nation Strikes Small Town: The LINE Starting in 1995 outta Big Bear Lake, CA was the LINE. The most unique and interesting skate punk band and my personal favorite. The music is a blend 90’s skate punk, 80’s hard core and a bit of stoner metal. These guys blew up pretty big in my hometown scene of Big Bear, CA. This band was put together by Ryan Immegart (Volcom’s first sponsored snow boarder and co-founder of Volcom Entertainment.) Info on this band has been difficult to come by, so some parts of this article are … Continue reading Fish Tank #30 D Term Nation Strikes Small Town: The LINE

Maty’s Corner #29 I Wanna War with You! Duane Peters Gun Fight

Maty’s Corner #29 I Wanna War with You! Duane Peters Gun Fight               Starting around 2004 outta Long Beach, CA is Duane Peters Gunfight. A currently ongoing band of Duane’s. It’s a straight bad ass blend of punk and dirty rock n’ roll. These guys are a hell of a live act as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch them once. Duane is a fucking mad man on the stage, no disappointment.             2005 Marked Gunfight’s first self titled album. It’s a 9 track boot to the face that reminds punk of what it’s supposed to be about. … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #29 I Wanna War with You! Duane Peters Gun Fight

Maty’s Corner #28 Exploding Fuck Dolls

Maty’s Corner #28 Exploding Fuck Dolls               Starting in 1991 out of San Francisco by members of the infamous Jaks crew was the Exploding Fuck Dolls. This was Duane Peter’s first formal band being that Political Crap didn’t really record anything I know of. He came in after the founding vocalist died from an overdose. Besides boasting the master of disaster, the rhythm section was the Godoy twins. They totaled 3 vocalists, 1 of which sounds quite a bit like Joe Strummer. They have one 19 track album entitled Crack the Safe that encompasses all of their recorded material. … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #28 Exploding Fuck Dolls

Maty’s Corner #27 Duane Peters and the Great Unwashed

Maty’s Corner #27 Duane Peters and the Great Unwashed Review   Coming out in 2012 was Duane Peters and The Great Unwashed. A bit of a one off side project from the master of disaster. While short lived, they did release on great album titled Beautiful Tragedy. It’s out and out punk blues with a lot of great piano and even a bit of harmonica, a definite departure from other music that Duane has put out. Most of lyrics sound like lost writings from Charles Bukowski’s urban genius. The two big stand outs for me are Coffee In The Kitchen … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #27 Duane Peters and the Great Unwashed

Maty’s Corner #26 U.S. Bombs The World and Has a War Birth

Maty’s Corner #26 U.S. Bombs The World and Has a War Birth   Starting in 1993 out of Orange County, CA was Duane Peters’ first major band, U.S. Bombs. This band was founded after the implosion of Duane’s first band, Exploding Fuck Dolls. These guys were a straight up 77 style punk band with a number of songs about skating. Easily on of the best all time skate punk bands. They spent a number of years on the perfect fit of Hell Cat Records. 1994 brought out their first album Put Strength in the Final Blow. As strong a debut … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #26 U.S. Bombs The World and Has a War Birth

Maty’s Corner #25 1,2,3 Nuke HB! Die Hunns

Maty’s Corner #25 1,2,3 Nuke HB! Die Hunns             Starting in 2000 out of the So Cal scene was Die Hunns. One of the many bands led by Duane Peters. This band had 2 incarnations, one was Duane Peters and The Hunns which released 2 albums. The other was the better known Die Hunns which included Corey Parks on bass. They were an awesome mix of old school street punk and skate punk.             2000 marked their first release with Unite. It opens up with Youth Ain’t A Fountain which is a gnarly rippin’ track. The most incendiary is Nuke … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #25 1,2,3 Nuke HB! Die Hunns

Maty’s Corner #24 Worth Taking

Maty’s Corner #24 Anxious to Imitate Art: Worth Taking Starting in 2006 San Francisco’s worth taking is just good straight ahead pop punk music. Notable influence of Jimmy Eat World and I’d say Jawbreaker in their sound. They even boast a cover ep with MXPX’s Mike Herrera. Tight playing, great harmonies and songwriting. 2011 gave us their first recording, Anxious EP. It’s starts right off with down tempo power pop, think Jawbreaker’s Dear You album. There’s a desperation in the singing that screams authenticity and avoids cliché. The EP ends with a solid faster track that highlights their Jimmy Eat … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #24 Worth Taking

Maty’s Corner #23 Red City Radio

Maty’s Corner #23 One For The Sons and Daughters of Woody Guthrie: Red City Radio Red City Radio started in 2005 out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These guys are a mix of electric folk punk and melodic hard core. Kind of old Against Me meets Avail with a side of Hot Water Music. Led be the strong voiced Garrett Dale their songs just cut in a good way. I stumbled across them 3 years ago and haven’t been sorry for one second. Their first release (unsure of the year) was a full length demo titled The Consequences of a Life … Continue reading Maty’s Corner #23 Red City Radio