“It seems like we don’t fit in with what’s going on in San Diego and everyone hates us,” says John Wayne Gacy Daycare singer Davit Buck. “Maybe it’s our name,” he says, referring to the pedophile serial killer who spawned the band’s handle.
He describes their sound as “Jesus Lizard meets Eyehategod. I’m doing the same style vocals I do in my punk band Homeless Sexuals, but the music is slower stoner rock, sludge stuff, very Sabbath-y. Most punk rockers don’t think we’re punk enough, and the sludge-stoner rockers think we’re too messed up. Our drummer’s dad says we’re like a bad acid trip, really psychotic sounding, like mental-patient music.”
His fellow band members also occasionally go mental over the music. “When I first started using my loop station, playing my vocals backwards and layering in screams and weird sounds, our guitarist got sick and almost passed out. He put his guitar down and went and threw up. When I started playing my coyote distress call at one show, the drummer almost passed out. Even at practice, the dogs outside go nuts.
“It’s definitely a disturbing sound we’re forming, but we’re not trying to piss everyone off. We really want people to understand what we’re doing. Last show we played at Radio Room, the room cleared out. Wasn’t a lot of people to begin with, but those who watched us didn’t stick around.
“Our goal is to get at least one person from each show to like us. We figure if we play a hundred gigs and one person from each show gets into it, eventually we’ll have a crowd.”