Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Gabe Serbian: Drums | Justin Pearson: Bass guitar | Mike Crain: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Thor Dickey: Guitar (electric), Percussion

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Rats Eyes

No shows scheduled | Post a show | View show history

Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 2010

Influences: The Locust, Some Girls, Holy Molar, Rats Eyes, Festival of Dead Deer

Background:

Pissed-off thrash punk quartet Retox was founded in 2010 by Justin Pearson (the Locust, Holy Molar, Head Wound City, Some Girls, Swing Kids) and Gabe Serbian (the Locust, Holy Molar, Head Wound City, Rats Eyes), along with Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer), and Thor Dickey. Their self-titled debut EP from ThreeOneG Records was released on vinyl in late 2010.

The band made its Casbah debut on Friday, January 7, 2011. A few months later, they signed on with Ipecac Recordings, co-founded by Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), to release their debut full-length Ugly Animals.

“The Ipecac team is over the moon about working with ReTox,” said label co-owner Greg Werckman in a press release. “We think they are a perfect fit with our eclectic roster, fitting comfortably with other original artists like the Melvins and ISIS.”

Having released material on Ipecac with the The Locust in the past, ReTox now shares the roster with Orthrealm, Mouse on Mars, several of Zach Hill’s (Hella) projects, and most of Ipecac co-owner Mike Patton’s band projects (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc.). They subsequently embarked on a short European tour.

June 24, 2011, Pearson appeared on the first episode of Young, Broke, and Beautiful, an “off the beaten path” travel show, aired on the Independent Film Channel. When it aired, he was touring Europe with other surviving members of the reunited Swing Kids (now known as Blue Note), who split after the death of co-founding guitarist Eric Allen.

“I would find myself onstage, and these emotional strings were being pulled. Even though I’m an atheist, in a sense it made me feel as if Eric was living on...what he and I shared as musicians and friends, those elements have carried on into all my projects.”

Retox’s August 2011 album Ugly Animals sports a cover designed by Brandon McMinn, who also did the cover of Justin Pearson’s book From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry. The all-analog release was recorded in March with Manny Nieto and Retox co-producing.

Just before they spent November 2011 touring England and Europe, Pearson was asked to be in a documentary film about Misfits record collecting called 77-83. Their February 16, 2012 Casbah show was the first date of a west coast tour that took them through Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs, including a San Diego show with OFF! (5-14 Casbah), before they joined mathcore outfit Narrows for a trio of dates that cover Seattle, Portland, and Seattle.

In August 2012, the band won Best Hard Rock Album at the San Diego Music Awards, while they were recording their second full-length called YPLL (an acronym for “Years of Potential Life Lost”). After returning from a West Coast tour with Tomahawk, they released YPLL via Epitaph Records in May, 2013.

An accompanying YPLL documentary film features tour footage and interviews with members of Melvins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tomahawk, Antioch Arrow, Holy Molar, Head Wound City, Regents, and Dangerous Boys Club, among others.

In 2014, they appeared at Mexico's Festival NRMAL, featuring over 50 bands in two cities: Mexico City (March 1) and Monterrey (March 5 through 9), where the Retox set was staged. A short eight-date west coast tour with fellow locals Hot Nerds (as well as Doomsday Student) kicked off October 4 in Santa Ana and wrapped October 11 in L.A.

A new video for "Let's Not Keep In Touch" preceded their full-length Beneath California, released February 10, 2015, via Epitaph. The album was supported with a lengthly tour of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Russia, running through April, as more videos were released, for "Die In Your Own Cathedral" and then "This Should Hurt A Little Bit."

Their song “Garbageman” was featured on the 2020 Cramps tribute album from Three One G, Really Bad Music for Really Bad People, which also includes tracks from fellow locals Secret Fun Club feat. Carrie Gillespie Feller, Qui, and others.

Discography

Video

Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close