Glendale High alum Jon Pebsworth (Buck-O-Nine) spent 2001 to 2011 working for SideOneDummy Records, before funding his 2013 solo full-length Let It Sting, recorded with the Midnight Welders, via Kickstarter.
According to Pebsworth, “When I first joined [Buck-O-Nine], I was answering an ad in the Reader that said, ‘Ska band looking for punk singer.’ I loved ska, but I came from punk. When we started, most ska bands were traditional. We were more like Operation Ivy. I remember going to [the now defunct] Off the Record on El Cajon Boulevard and buying the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. That was exactly what I wanted — ska rhythms with a punk singer.”
As 2013 dawned, “We decided to go on a semiretirement program,” says Pebsworth. “Most of the guys have families and kids.”