2913 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA
DOORS: 9:00pm / SHOW: 9:30pm
Formed in 1978 the Gears still play today. Featuring Axxel G Reese and Kidd Spike from the classic “Rockin at Ground Zero” lineup along with Mike Manifold on Bass and Sean “Shift” Antillion on drums.
The Generators have been at the forefront of the Los Angeles punk scene since 1997, and were recently mentioned by one of Americas leading news publications, the USA Today as one of Americas most under rated punk bands. While The Generators story was brought to life in the late 1990’s, the true story of this band, and its members date back to the early 1980’s when the LA hardcore punk movement had evolved into a true musical revolution.
When the punk scene in Los Angeles was being recognized across the globe vocalist Doug “Dagger” Kane was one of the young familiar faces in the picture. Frequenting all the early Punk clubs like The Vex, The Cathay De Grande, and Godzilla’s, a then 16 year old Dagger joined in on the action, and started singing for his first Punk band Doug & The Slugz. In 1983 The Slugz were documented as one of America’s first OI! Street Punk bands, and on any typical night they were opening up for other notorious Punk acts like The Abandoned, Ill Repute, Mad Parade, and the Flower Leopards.
In 1989 Dagger would go on to lead the Southern California Punk band Schleprock. Through out the nineties the band supported the likes of Green Day, Rancid, The Specials, Sublime, as well as many others. After numerous records and non-stop touring over three continents, Warner Brothers Records eventually swept up Schleprock into the major label record feeding frenzy. In 1996 Schelprock released” Americas Dirty Little Secret”, but due to internal breakdowns and drug addictions Schleprock dis- banded in January of 1997.
Along side Dagger, there is also founding member guitarist Mike Snow. Snow and Dagger’s friendship go all the way back to 1980 as child hood friends. Snow was one of the early faces upon the Los Angeles mod scene in the early 1980’s, and his first band Subway also played along side Doug & The Slugz on some of these early LA punk gigs. Mike Snow was also part of one of California’s first street punk bands The Choice through out the mid to late nineties. In 2009 Schleprock guitarist Sean Romin re- joined Daggers side to take front stage for The Generators. Romin has also been around the LA Punk scene since the eighties and has been playing lead guitar for the old school LA Hardcore band Decry over the past decade. With the always reliable rhythm of Bassist Brandon Lutz, and the recruit of long time LA punk drummer Lou Guzman, The Generators prepare to embark on another journey, and another mission to the manipulate the sound waves.
In September of 2011 The Generators will be releasing their 8th Full-length album “Last Of The Pariahs”, with producer Rich Mouser (Weezer, Chris Cornell). The new album catches the bands signature southern California melodic punk n roll sound, while also bringing fans back to some of their earlier 1977 old school snarl. The new album grabs you right away with the melodic heart-wrenching “Angels Looking Down”, a song about Dagger’s twenty-one year separation from his son, only to find him again in 2010. Theirs also new ones like 3AM, and Condition Red which show how much traditional punk bands like The Clash, or The Ruts remain to have heavy influence on The Generators. This new release will be followed up with an anticipated European and US Fall headlining tour. More than anything else The Generators somehow always remain to set themselves apart from the typical punk rock pack. Whether it is with their creative story telling approach, or the way they twist, and turn all the melodies around. The boys from the city of angels somehow always manage to keep changing things up, while keeping their fans feeling safe in that familiar place.
Bio – Roger Martinez
The BillyBones is an American punk rock band. Based in Los Angeles, California, the band features Steven William “Billy Bones” Fortuna, formerly of The Skulls (U.S. Band), guitarist Alex Mack, bassist Rob Blue, and drummer Alex Gomez, formerly of U.S. Bombs.
The BillyBones released their debut 7″ single We’re Selfish on Dr. Strange Records in late 2007. Produced by Kevin Preston of the band Prima Donna, the record features two original songs and one cover. The A-side contains the title track and the song “All Excess”. A cover of the song “Editions of You”, originally performed by Roxy Music, takes up the B-side. In addition, saxophonist Aaron Minton of Prima Donna makes a guest appearance on “Editions of You”.
The record has been described as “upbeat” and “catchy” with “a real full sound, without sounding at all over-produced.” “Definitely top ten material.”
The BillyBones are currently in the mixing stage of their first full-length album, “The Complexity of Stupidity.” Produced by Steve Fishman, the record is set for a 2011 release and will feature saxophone performances by visual artist Bad Otis Link.
THE EX-GENTLEMEN are a brand new and much needed sensation in Los Angeles. Featuring former members of several hundred other punk rock bands that you don’t care about, the group has taken traditional Amercian power-pop and blown a ’77 snot rocket on top. They self-produced and released a debut EP, received incredibly good reviews, and are now preparing to release a bunch of new amazing shit. Believe it or die a traitor’s death.
“I saw them rip through their enviable batch of catchy uptempo punk with the power and intensity of a young Generation X.”-AFG Must Rock
“equal parts Ramones and good Springsteen that will bring punk rockers, and Huey Lewis fans alike, to their knees…”- Jerseybeat
“A little garage punk and a little bit power pop– truly a combination of the vegetables that make up this little tossed salad of music we call Punk Rock.”- PunkRockReview