I took my girlfriend to see the Creepy Creeps at the Casbah. She had never seen these local legends, and they were playing with two other local bands I like — the mostly female Glossines and Batar-Zan, who, like the Creeps, wear costumes on stage.
Turned out it was the band that opened the show that blew them all away — Revenge Club.
Amy, the band’s vocalist, told me, “I started Revenge Club in 2004 after breaking up with a previous band. I posted an ad on craigslist and met with several musicians at the house…the night that the three of us were supposed to get together for the first time, I got a message from the bass player saying that he got a job offer and was moving to New York. So I drafted Sean [her future husband] — he was drinking a beer and watering the yard, and I was, like, ‘Hey, do you want to come play bass tonight?’ He thought it was temporary at first, but four years later, it’s safe to say that he’s the permanent bass player.
“We played one show at Java Joe’s Pub as a three-piece before meeting Doug through a Reader ad. He was up to speed and played shows with us a month later.
“When our last drummer moved to New Jersey, we got a referral from another band we played with — for Maggie. She was an instant match.”
Since Sean and Amy have been married for three years, I mention that Pat Benatar has been married to her lead guitarist since 1982…
CAN YOU GUYS MAKE A MARRIAGE AND BAND WORK?
Amy: “Definitely. Sean looks hot rocking out on stage.”
Sean: “I have to make this work. Amy’s already declared that if I ever leave her, she will kill me. I don’t want to test her resolve on this one either, since she’s the one that came up with the band name.”
FAVORITE MUSICAL COUPLES?
Amy: “Sid and Nancy.”
Sean: “Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Paul and Linda McCartney.”
Maggie: “Exene Cervenka and John Doe.”
SEX PISTOLS OR THE CLASH?
Amy: “Sex Pistols.”
Sean: “Sex Pistols.”
Maggie: “The Clash, although I wouldn’t consider them punk. The Sex Pistols just suck.”
WHEN GREEN DAY DOES A VIDEO OR IGGY POP HAS A SONG IN A COMMERCIAL, IS THAT “SELLING OUT”?
Amy: “ ‘Lust for Life’ over a cruise-line commercial is kind of disturbing, but I get it. I never liked Green Day enough to care.”
Sean: “Depends on who the commercial is for. A commercial for clean energy is pretty cool; a commercial for a fast-food chain is not.”
Maggie: “No way. Getting paid is not selling out. Someday I hope to get paid.”
Amy: “The gig I was most excited to play was opening for Donita Sparks at the Casbah in May. L7 has been my favorite band since I was 14.”
Sean: “The Underground in Lake Havasu City the first time we played there. There were about 50 teenage kids moshing around during the entire set. That really gets the adrenaline pumping.”
Maggie: “The first time Revenge Club played the Doll Hut in Anaheim…everybody in the bar was rocking out with us.”
Amy: “We jumped on a last-minute show at Brick by Brick, and none of our friends wanted to pay $10 to watch us play at 1 a.m. on a Tuesday. We hung out all night, and just after we loaded our gear on stage, the door guy told us that we didn’t have enough people, so they wouldn’t let us play.”
Sean: “We had a Friday night show at the Underground in Lake Havasu City, and for whatever reason our drummer wanted to drive back the same night. We drove six hours on the way out, played our set and watched the other bands, and packed all of our stuff up and drove back the same night.”
Maggie: “With my old band at the Rhythm Lounge, we played a Thursday night to literally one person.”
TOP FIVE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME?
1. Bricks Are Heavy, L7. “I got a copy of this CD from Goodwill when I was 16 and haven’t gone a month without listening to it since. It still has the $2.99 sticker on it. Donita Sparks has always been my idol, and I think this was their best album ever.”
2. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, the Dead Kennedys. “This is just a great classic album with awesome tracks.”
3. Flamejob, the Cramps. “This was the first Cramps album I bought, and I fell in love with the song ‘Naked Girl Falling down the Stairs.’ RC is planning to cover that song in the near future.”
4. Pussy Whipped, Bikini Kill. “I love the angry riot-grrrl vocals. This album epitomizes the music I grew up listening to.”
5. Bone Machine, Tom Waits. “I love the bizarre and sometimes apocalyptic lyrics.”
1. Rain Dogs, Tom Waits. “Tom Waits can take you places you’d never want to go and leave you wanting to go back for more. Rain Dogs is the peak of the mountain of his incredible discography.”
2. Dead Air, Heatmiser. “The forerunner of the Portland music scene, with Elliott Smith at the helm. Full of raw energy, superb lyrics, and catchy hooks.”
3. Trace, Son Volt. “This album checks your heart out like a library book and never returns it.”
4. Icky Mettle, the Archers of Loaf. “Beautiful indie noise rock with two shots of pure adrenaline.”
5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles. “What can I say about this that hasn’t already been said?”
1. Blue Album, Weezer. “This was one of my first CDs, so I associate it with a lot of coming-of-age memories.”
2. Los Angeles/Wild Gift, X. “L.A. punk was the best, and X has the most signature sound ever.”
3. Ill Communication, the Beastie Boys. “This album was in heavy rotation in my car when I was driving all my friends around in high school. A lot of antics went down to this album.”