Jay Allen Sanford 6 p.m., April 26
- "Record Release Roundup" · Feb. 5, 2014
- "Bands to Know" · Jan. 19, 2014
Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: Choking Victim, Leftover Crack, Operation Ivy, Rancid, Crass, Conflict, Subhumans, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Abba, the Jackson 5, Eurythmics, Boy George, Frank Sinatra
Based in North Park, punk-ska rockers Abject was founded in 2006 by four late-teen college students.
Like many punk bands, Abject conveys a strongly DIY, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-xenophobic, anti-authoritarian message.
Originally hailing from East County, their debut full-length No Flags, No Nations was released in 2007. An EP called For Profit Death was released in early 2014.
Asked about the band's best local gig, singer/guitarist Sean Farrens recalls "I would say it was a show we played in 2007 when I was nineteen, at the Apex Music store on El Cajon Boulevard, right by SDSU. For a short amount of time, they were allowing use of an outdoor stage in the backside portion of their store, and we were invited to play this little spot for what I believe to be our third show. Prior to this, the band had played a couple small shows to meager crowds, so despite this being the first band I had ever played with I felt pretty confident. I did not expect the panic or nervousness that hit me when I saw the crowd for this show. The place was packed with kids who were eager to hear us play. I can't quite remember if it was the adrenaline or the alcohol that got me through it, but there's nothing quite like having your first major crowd reaction at a show."
"Abject's worst gig occurred during a tour we were on in 2008. The show was to take place at a pub in Seattle WA's Ballard District. This particular show was a part of the Tour De Fat, a beer-sponsored bicycle event that was happening in the city that year. So a fairly large crowd of what us punx kids call regulars were in attendance to hear what I believe they would have labeled as 'racket' or perhaps 'devil music.' Fortunately for them, however, they were not to endure the brutal tones we were preparing to lay down for them."
"The day leading up to this event was filled with so much alcohol consumption among us that we were way too tossed to play. In all fairness, however, we were all right about 21 years old at the time, playing a beer-sponsored event that had free beer for the band members playing, of all things! And I don't mean free St. Ides, this stuff was choice. Despite the embarrassment of our inability to play and the stark reaction I received when I explained we were too drunk, I don't have many regrets about it, which is nice."