As for the mysterious departed Ryan, whose guitar duties Wes assumed in full last year, Wes says, "It just became obvious that the three of us were on the same page about what we were doing and Ryan wasn't that into it. So much of what it is to be in a band is hanging out for beers after a rehearsal, and he was like, 'Are we done?' And he'd just take off. He was a good songwriter, but his guitar not being there just forces the rest of us to play more, essentially."

"People expect less of a trio," laughs Matt. "There's a certain lowered expectation of what you can do musically with three sets of hands. Unless you're ELP or something."

Two bands that fit the bill of the three instrumentalists are Green Day and R.E.M., two bands that Mikey and Matt respectively confess are the bands they secretly never stopped buying or caring about but found harder to defend with every new release.

Rumspringer: Making the nausea go away.
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Rumspringer: Making the nausea go away.

"I'd like to think that if we're around as long as Green Day, we'll be writing about things relevant to people our age. Like, why does AARP keep sending me this shit in the mail," says Mikey, who owns the last Green Day album and periodically goes back to it to see if he still doesn't like it.

As for Matt's dutiful support of R.E.M. during the Bill Berry-less years, let's just say their recent decision to pull the plug on operations brings with it more relief than remorse.

"It means not having to buy a record you're more than likely going to throw across the room," he says. "I think that's the one thing people are all going to miss when all their music is just MP3 files in a cloud, the hands-on disapproval factor."

How true! I relate how a childhood friend hated "Revolution Number 9" so much he scratched the grooves with a razor until the vinyl was completely white.

Mikey talks about a band Matt was in back in the '90s called Small Appliances.

"We put out a splint record with Spaceman Spiff, and years later someone approached me and said he hated the Small Appliances side so much that he ironed it so that it was unplayable. He hated it so much he felt the need to destroy it."

"If you really, really hate something, just pressing a button and hitting 'delete' seems pretty ineffectual," agrees Matt.

"At the same time, we know a guy whose all-time favorite band is The Jam. He bought one of their albums based on something he read, decided he didn't like it and filed it away. Because he still had the album sitting around, he gave it another listen. He would've missed out on his favorite band if he had just wiped it from his hard drive."

Speaking of hate, Mikey is pretty blunt in his assessment of Rumspringa, the Los Angeles trio that also named itself after a teen Amish drinking binge where continued beer-drinking or remaining in the church hang in the balance.

"Those guys asked us to play a show with them," he says. "But we refused."

I'm not sure our legal department would want us to print what he said after that.

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This is actually pretty refreshing. I'm used to the New Times covering bands that play for ego, and not for music. These guys are alright.

Frankie
Frankie

What a bunch of dipshits. They are everything that is wrong with the music scene. They should all just stop because no one gives a shit about them or this retarded ass music.

C.G.
C.G.

dumbspringer

Djjohnnyvolume
Djjohnnyvolume

Also playing on Friday at Yucca with Rumspringer, Horror Squad (Chino, CA) Omaha Beach Party (Riverside, CA) The Outsiders (New Zeland) Freddy Fudd Pucker (Acoustic) Matt's other band Robot (re)Pair, the seedy comedic stylings of Trevor Thon, and DJ's Party Marty, Johnny Volume, and Dob Job. No cover, 21+ https://www.facebook.com/DJ.JV...

Markus West
Markus West

PUNK REALLY, THAT PUNK ? THESE GUYS ARE AS PUNK AS PINK

 

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