Heavy Construction

Down With Buildings and Seven Storey rise up to claim the mantle of Valley indie rock

"We definitely plan to tour," says Lammers. "We'll probably do a little Southwestern run in the late summer and then try and head out in the fall and play back East."

Although Lammers says the group has no plans for a local release party, the band will be upping its local profile with several gigs in June. Among those are a June 11 indoors set at Nita's following Built to Spill's scheduled outdoor performance, and a June 30 headliner at Tempe's Lucky Dragon Restaurant.

Impossible, You Say?: When the Impossible Ones released their 13-song Anthology after breaking up in 1999, it was a fine if (typically) ill-timed statement from one of the most overlooked and underappreciated local punk combos in recent memory.

Down With Buildings -- featuring former Trunk 
Federation members Jim Andreas and Chris Kennedy 
-- debuts this weekend.
Down With Buildings -- featuring former Trunk Federation members Jim Andreas and Chris Kennedy -- debuts this weekend.
The Impossible Ones mix it up at Boston's on Friday, 
June 1.
Hector Acuña
The Impossible Ones mix it up at Boston's on Friday, June 1.

"Looking back on it, I can't believe we were a band for more than four years," says bassist John Impossible. "It was amazing that we even made it to as many gigs as we did. We only had one car back in those days between us."

"We still only have one car," jokes guitarist/singer Neil Impossible.

The pair, along with drummer Rob Impossible, are reminiscing about the "good old days" of the late '90s on the front porch of Neil's east Tempe home.

The three have gathered together to rehearse for the first gig with the original trio in more than two years -- and the release of a new single.

After the group's initial split in '99, Rob took up the drum kit for hard-core merchants the Mob 40's -- who are in the process of signing a deal to release their long-delayed debut -- while John and Neil re-formed, expanding the Impossible Ones to a quartet, including local punk notables Jeffro Lane and Pisano Berrardo.

Though the four-piece Impossibles found considerable success during their brief run, the group imploded onstage in mid-2000, holding the bag on an EP's worth of recordings.

After this second breakup, John sold his bass gear and began working the other side of the stage as a bouncer at Boston's, while Neil joined up with local trash rockers the Sonic Thrills.

Though the upcoming reunion was decided on as something of a lark, time hasn't diminished the chemistry among the band members or taken the shine of the group's exuberant, hook-filled three-chord catalogue.

"Even though we haven't played in two years, it's like we've only stopped for a month," marvels John. "But even though things feel the same, it's different in a way 'cause there's no pressure with this. Now we're doing this just for fun."

"Also," adds Neil, "we had these recordings that we wanted to get out."

As the spectacled front man notes, the reunion gig will also coincide with the release of a new seven-inch single ("Take What We Want" b/w "So Long"). The tracks, recorded at the Saltmine studio last year, document the band's expanded second phase with a stirring one-two punch of Brit-punk-fueled anthemics and fuzz-topped garage pop.

"We always seem to put our records out when we're not together," says Neil, chuckling. "Probably not the smartest idea."

With each member well-ensconced in a new band or lifestyle, the group's performing schedule will likely be limited to the occasional gig. But the time passed has allowed the band the opportunity to look back with a new perspective.

"We went through some wild times. We ruined every relationship we had because of the band," recalls John. "At the time, we thought, 'Dude, we can make it.' We were listening to the Stiff Little Fingers thinking, 'Hey, they made it. Why can't we?' But all that kind of pressure is gone now."

"We know this isn't marketable," admits Neil. "It's just a fun punk rock band."

Not surprisingly, word of the band's mini-reunion has sparked eager anticipation among the local spikes 'n' sneer set, as the Impossible Ones always managed the unusual feat of appealing to a wide spectrum of punk and trash rock fans.

"We were accepted by the weirdest crowd of people ever. From rockabilly fans to Oi! fans," says John. "It'll be nice to see everyone and have them spit beer on us again."

The Impossible Ones are scheduled to perform on Friday, June 1, at Boston's in Tempe, with the Zodiac Killers, Thee Oh-Nos, the Wongs, and the Rebel Set. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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