4. All Ages, Bad Religion. “It has so many of my favorite Bad Religion songs on one album.”
5. Punk in Drublic, NOFX. “I grew up on this one, too, and it’s fun to sing along to.”
ARE THERE TRADITIONS AT PUNK SHOWS THAT MAKE BEING ON STAGE TOUGH?
Amy: “The last time we played the Double Down in Vegas last February was pretty interesting. We play out of town often — Nevada, Arizona, and Northern California mostly. We do it more for the exposure, even though the pay is better than San Diego sometimes. The Double Down is a rowdy punk bar and has a natural draw. People in Vegas have no concept of time. The bar still had a crowd at 3 a.m. We got there at 10 and found out that our set time was actually 2 a.m. Doug was trying to talk to the first door guy outside. He just stared at Doug without saying anything, then got up and puked in a Dumpster and took off running. We saw him later at the bar. Between the bands, Maggie and I were sitting close to the door and saw a guy punch someone by the stage, then he ran out the door. This triggered another fight right next to us, and another guy got punched — knocking into our seats. Every time we walked outside, we ran into the couple screaming at each other. It was still crowded by the time we played, and a punk wedding party had just come in. There was a good mixture of dresses and ripped T-shirts. There isn’t a stage at the Double Down, just a high-rise for the drums, and the band sets up in the corner around it. A girl from the wedding party was trashed and pulled several of her friends into a pit and even ‘floated’ for a second or two before being tossed around like a rag doll. Her friends tried to drag her out of the club — she hopped up on the drum riser to tell Maggie ‘bye’ in the middle of a song and gave me a hug as the song was ending. Kids were thrashing around all over the floor, so I kept having to pull my mike back. The last few songs were fast and got the crowd really excited, so I knew there wasn’t much chance of holding a mike in place to sing and playing guitar. I just hit the first few chords of the song and let go of the guitar to hold the mike and scream, which was good because people literally were slamming into the band.”
Sean: “I’d have to say it’s tough playing when people are slamming into you, but it’s so much fun. I’m really not complaining at all, except when a microphone gets knocked into your teeth.”
Maggie: “Only the tradition of ‘being too cool’ to dance. Of course, there was the time in Vegas when everyone thought it was a good idea to rock out on stage with us and touch our instruments while we were playing. That posed a bit of a challenge.”
WEIRDEST OUTFIT WORN ON STAGE?
Amy: “One of our previous drummers used to wear a Chewbacca mask. Sometimes we all wear orange knee-high socks. I’ve suggested that Doug start wearing leather pants, but he’s declined so far.”
BEST STORY OF GETTING REVENGE…
Amy: “After a fallout with my high school boyfriend, I got into his email account and changed the password so he couldn’t get back in. I sent an email from him to his contacts letting them know that he had a life-changing experience and was now gay. Apparently his mom was quite upset.”