Anthony Brand (Brandenburg) — also known by the stage names Tony Cadena, Tony Montana, Tony Adolescent, and Tony Reflex — is an accomplished punk rock singer/songwriter and poet. In 1980, he formed The Adolescents with Steve Soto and one year later the band released their self-titled debut album The Adolescents. They disbanded later that year but reformed again in 1986. During the break up, Brand then moved on to bands such as The Abandoned and God Riots 73.
After leaving The Adolescents in 1987, Brand joined the Flower Leperds. Then after an Adolescents reunion in 1989, Brand went on to start another band in the Adolescents tradition called ADZ, in which he currently remains. Tony has also done occasional guest vocal spots with Los Angeles veterans White Flag and Fu Manchu, France's Burning Heads, as well as with desert rockers Half Astro. In 2001, Brand regrouped with the original members of The Adolescents for a reunion tour in honor of the 20th anniversary of their self-titled album. The band continue to tour worldwide and released a studio album in 2005 titled OC Confidential. Their 5th studio album, The Fastest Kid Alive, is due for worldwide release in June of this year.
Aside from his musical pursuits, Brand has a career in teaching and for a period taught special education. He is a vocal advocate for the rights of people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as for music and fine arts in education. He has done numerous benefits to raise money for these interest groups. In his spare time, Brand writes poetry and has written for various magazines, most notably Flipside, Maximum Rock and Roll, and Loud, Fast, Rules. Brand and his wife Mary will celebrate their 20th anniversary this August. They live in Sierra Madre with their children Mia, age 14, Nico, age 12, and Dario, age 8.
Alexakis started the rock band Everclear in April of 1992. Their biggest hit single “Father of Mine” was nominated for a Grammy and has sold over 2 million copies. Everclear has a live album coming out this summer and is currently recording it's studio album in five years. Alexakis lives in Pasadena, CA with his partner of 6 years, Vanessa, and their 3 year old daughter, Arizona. His older daughter, Anna, is studying at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Robert Clawson aka, Rob Chaos, is the front man for street punk band, Total Chaos, which formed in Pomona Valley in 1989. He grew up in Southern California, and currently lives in Los Angeles with his 12-year-old daughter.
Joe has been playing in the Orange County California punk band The Vandals since 1981. He started as the drummer and switched to the bass guitar in 1985. The band continues to thrive, touring throughout the world whenever time allows.
Many people also know Escalante from hosting the daily morning show on Indie 103.1 FM radio in Los Angeles. He continues to host the Barely Legal Radio Program , now heard on Sundays 5 to 7 PM on KTLK AM 1150 in Los Angeles, and Fridays at 11 AM PST on indie1031.com at 2 PM on Radio Weezer where he dispenses free legal advice for artists and entertainers. He also keeps busy maintaining the Kung Fu Record label, serving as a volunteer Temporary Judge for the L.A. Superior Court, paddle surfing, and hosting a Catholic radio program heard on EWTN. You can also get general free legal advice from him by posting questions on Legalzoom’s Facebook. He answers them on Fridays at 10 AM PST.
He says: If you need free legal advice right now, call 877-LAW-4777 and we will get you sorted.
Josh Freese was born in Orlando Florida but grew up in Orange County, California. Born into a musical family, his father conducted the Disney World and Disneyland Band and his mother was a classical pianist. He began playing drums at age 8 and played professionally at age 12 in a top 40 band at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. By age 15 he left high school to tour and record first with Dweezil Zappa and then with The Vandals (since 1989).
Freese is a session drummer and songwriter and a permanent member of A Perfect Circle , The Vandals, and Devo, having formerly played drums for Nine Inch Nails from late 2005 until late 2008, and for Guns N' Roses from mid-1998 to 2001. He has appeared on close to 300 records and is currently performing live with A Perfect Circle , Devo, and Weezer.
In December 2010, Freese began touring with Paramore on it's South American Tour, temporarily replacing the drummer Zac Farro. Freese also released his second solo album, Since 1972, via his website on March 24, 2009.
He co-wrote the song Chinese Democracy with Axl Rose as well as songs by Queens Of The Stone Age, The Vandals, A Perfect Circle, The Dwarves and Goon Moon. It is reported that in 2010 he was in the studio for upcoming releases with Social Distortion, Joe Cocker, Devo, Megadeth, Katy Perry, The Vandals, Che, Gavin Rossdale, Avril Lavigne and others.
Freese currently lives in Southern California with his wife and their four children, aged 10, 4, 2, and 3 months.
Michael John Burkett was born January 16, 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts. Better known as Fat Mike, he is an American musician, producer, lead vocalist, and bassist for the punk rock band NOFX, as well as bassist for the punk rock supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
The moniker "Fat Mike" was given to Burkett by friends after he returned from college and it was evident that he had gained a little weight. Mike began his musical career in high school with the band False Alarm. After the band split up in 1983, he met Eric Melvin and Erik Sandin and formed the original line-up of NOFX.
Mike is the owner and founder of Fat Wreck Chords, one of the biggest independent labels in North America. He was also the founder of the Rock Against Bush tour. The purpose was to encourage young Americans to vote George W. Bush out of office in 2004.
At SXSW last year, Fat Mike made a one time only appearance as Cokie the Clown. He recounted several graphic and disturbing stories about his life, and played several songs both previously released and unreleased. He also tricked several members of the audience into drinking what he said was tequila, before showing them a video of himself filling a partially full bottle of tequila to the top with urine. The stunt was later revealed as a joke on NOFX's website, which showed Fat Mike switching out the urine bottle for an untainted one before making audience members drink it. Mike has since been banned from Emo's, the nightclub in which the incident took place.
Burkett lives in San Francisco, California. He his wife, Erin, have been married for 17 years. They have a daughter named Darla.
Born Michael Balzary, Flea was raised in Los Angeles, CA. He was a trumpet prodigy who learned to play the bass in high school for his good friend Hillel Slovak’s first band, Anthym. He quit Anthym to join the Punk Rock band, Fear. He later returned to Hillel's band with fellow classmate and best friend, Anthony Keidis, which was now called the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won 7 Grammy Awards. The band has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, charting eight singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 (including three in the Top 10), five number one singles on the Mainstream Rock charts, and a record of eleven number one singles on the Modern Rock charts.
Flea lives in LA with his fiancé and youngest daughter, Sunny Bebop. His grown daughter, Clara, lives in New York.
Lars Fredrikson is a Northern California native who joined the punk rock band, Rancid, in 1993 when they were looking for a second guitar player. Rancid has released seven studio albums, one split, one compilation, two EPs, a series of live, online-only albums, and has been featured on countless compilations. They have independently sold nearly 4 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful independent punk acts of all time.
Lars lives in San Fransisco with his wife, Stephanie, a yoga instructor, and his 3 ½ year old son, Wolfgang.
Lars is also involved with side projects, “Lars Fredrikson and the Bastards” and “The Old Firm Casuals”. He is also the co-owner of “New York Hardcore Tattoos."
Matthew "McCall" Freeman (born Roger Matthew Freeman) is a musician best known for his bass guitar work with the punk rock bands Operation Ivy (formed in 1987) and Rancid (formed in 1992). His style is heavily influenced by John Entwistle, bassist for The Who. Matt typically uses a hard pick but sometimes will fingerpick. His playing style is considered atypical in the punk rock world due to his frequent use of scales and arpeggios as opposed to "motoring" through a chord progression's root notes as is typical of punk bass playing.
Freeman's solos in the songs "Maxwell Murder", "White Knuckle Ride", and "Axiom" are among his most lauded. Although he is not the primary singer in the band Rancid, he has taken the lead vocal duties in a handful of gritty sounding songs through the years, including the songs "Rigged on a Fix," "Black Derby Jacket," "Rejected," and L.A. River, showcasing his deep and raspy voice. After Operation Ivy departed in 1989, they formed the band Downfall and then the band Generator. After that, Matt played with the political punk band MDC for about a year.
Freeman and Armstong also formed the ska band the Dance Hall Crashers, however they left the band shortly after its formation. The band went on to become moderately successful throughout the 90s. He joined The Gr'ups in 1991. In 1992, Freeman and Armstrong recruited drummer Brett Reed and formed their most successful band to date, Rancid. Guitarist Lars Frederiksen joined the band later in 1993. Their partnership has continued with Matt contributing bass lines to select tracks by the Transplants, one of Armstrong's side projects. During Rancid's 2004 hiatus, Matt briefly played bass in Social Distortion shortly before the release of their then-new album Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll. Matt can play six instruments including Bass, Upright bass, Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone and Mandolin (as heard on Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards album, Viking).
He has been married for seven years and has two children; Otto, age 6 and Wade, age 3.
Jack Grisham was born in the East Bay area of Northern California but was raised in Long Beach, CA. In 1980, he became the front man for then emerging adventure punk band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty). He also fronted Joykiller (1995), Tender Fury (1988 -1991), Cathedral of Tears (1984), and Jack Grisham and the West Coast Dukes. TSOL broke up in 1983, reformed in 1989 and still plays shows today. They have put out 9 studio albums, 2 EPs, 3 live albums, 6 complication songs and 2 soundtrack songs.
In his spare time, Grisham is an addiction recovery mentor, a public speaker on the circuit of 12-step sobriety, spiritual awakening and back-to-basics ideology. He is also a certified clinical hypnotherapist and Master NLP practitioner in Huntington Beach, CA.
He has starred in films such as “American Hardcore”, “Rage: 20 years of punk rock west coast style” in 2001 and “Suburbia” in 1984. In 2003, Jack ran for governor in the California gubernatorial recall election receiving 2,200 votes.
He has two daughters, Anastasia and Georgia, and he is currently living with his girlfriend Katherine. His new memoir to be released May 1, 2011 is entitled “An American Demon” and follows Grisham’s life lessons rooted in 1980s punk culture.
Brett W Gurewitz, aka Mr. Brett, was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Woodland Hills, CA. He has been the guitarist, background vocalist, and a songwriter for the punk band, Bad Religion, since 1979. He is the founder and owner of music label Epitaph Records and its sister labels ANTI-, Burning Heart Records, Fat Possum Records and Hellcat Records. He is also a producer and engineer. Brett formed the band “Daredevils” and the band “Error” in 2003.
He has a son and two daughters and lives with his wife, Gina, in Pasadena, CA.
Tony Hawk was raised and still resides in San Diego, CA. He is an American professional skateboarder. Hawk gained significant fame for completing the first 900 as well as his licensed video game titles distributed by Activision. He is widely considered one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding.
He is the father of four children: Riley, Spencer, Keegan and Kadence.
Greg Hetson was born on June 29, 1961, in Brooklyn New York and has lived in Los Angeles since he was 2 years old. His career began as a member of the seminal punk rock bands Redd Kross and Circle Jerks in the 1980s. He is a guitar player for the band Bad Religion and Black President. He also plays guitar with the super group Punk Rock Karaoke with Eric Melvin of NOFX and Steve Soto and Derek O’Brien of The Adolescents. He was featured with the Circle Jerks in the 1981 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization.He has one daughter, Violet.
Mark Hoppus is a California native who received his first bass guitar when he was 15. He met Tom DeLonge in High school and they formed the band Blink-182. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Blink has had the most success at the Teen Choice Awards, winning three awards: Choice Rock Group (2000) and Best Rock Group (2001) for the band, and Choice Love Song (2004) for the song "I Miss You". "All the Small Things", a single from the band's Enema of the State album, received three nominations from the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000: Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Best Group Video, which it won.
Mark and his wife, Skye, live in LA with their 9-year-old son, Jack.
James William Lindberg was born July 26, 1965 in Southern California. He is an American singer and guitarist active since the 1980s. After years playing in local bands, Lindberg founded Pennywise in 1988 with former CON/800 guitarist Fletcher Dragge and two previously unknown musicians, Jason Thirsk on bass and Byron McMackin on drums. Some of the members were previously alums from two South Bay High Schools, Redondo Union High School and Mira Costa (where Lindberg graduated in 1983)
In 1989, the band released two EPs, A Word from the Wise and Wildcard, that attracted the attention of Epitaph Records, who signed the band a year later. Together, Pennywise recorded and released three studio albums: Pennywise, Unknown Road, and About Time. They had moderate chart success, with the latter album reaching the Billboard top 100, but difficulty keeping Lindberg's bandmates together caused Thirsk to leave the band in late 1995 for reasons related to alcoholism. Randy Bradbury replaced him. When Thirsk returned in 1996, Bradbury was supposed to switch to rhythm guitar. Unfortunately, Thirsk died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29 of that year at the age of 28.
Although Pennywise considered disbanding after Thirsk's death, the band decided to continue on with Bradbury as his permanent replacement. Since then, Pennywise continued to record and perform. In August 2009, Lindberg announced that he was leaving Pennywise, citing creative differences and a the difficulties he found touring when also trying to be a good father of three.
In June 2010 Lindberg unveiled his new band The Black Pacific. The group is signed to SideOneDummy Records and have debuted two tracks, "The System" and "When It's Over". Black Pacific features Alan Vega (from Good Guys in Black) on drums and Davey Latter (from Everest) on bass, with Jim writing all of the songs, playing guitar, and singing.
Lindberg has been married for 21 years and he and his wife have a house full of daughters.
Lindberg published his first book in May 2007 titled Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life. The book explores the dichotomy of being a responsible husband and parent while also being an anti-establishment punk rocker.
McDermott is the drummer for The Bouncing Souls, a punk rock band from New Brunswick, NJ, formed in 1987. New Brunswick had a reputation for supporting underground music, and over the years had seen not only musical acts but actors enjoy professional success. The Bouncing Souls not only became a staple in the New Brunswick music scene, but also helped other bands gain an audience by opening up for them in the clubs around town, as well as parties and shows they put on themselves. The band's name is a reference to Doc Martens shoes, which were a staple of punk dress. To this day, Doc Martens uses the advertising slogan "with Bouncing Soles" for their air-cushioned soles.
McDermott has one daughter.
Tim McIlrath was born in Indiana and raised in Chicago, IL. He formed his punk rock band, Rise Against, while a college student at Northeastern Illinois University. The band has released 5 albums, three on Geffen records, The Sufferer & the Witness debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 chart and received positive reviews from critics. The band's fifth studio album, Appeal to Reason, was released on October 7, 2008 and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. All three albums released via Geffen were certified platinum in Canada and gold in the United States. Tim still lives in Chicago with his wife, Erin, and their two daughters, Blythe, 6, and Scarlet, 2. Rise Against has a new record, Endgame, coming out March 15th and a world tour beginning in March.
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Mark Allen Mothersbaugh was born May 18, 1950. He is an American musician, composer, singer and painter. He is the co-founder of the new wave band Devo and has been its lead singer since 1972. His other musical projects include work for television series, films, and video games.
Mothersbaugh attended Kent State as an art student, where he met Devo co-founders Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis. In early 1970, Lewis and Casale formed the idea of the "devolution" of the human race. Mothersbaugh, intrigued by the concept, joined them, building upon it with elements of early poststructuralist ideas and oddball arcana, most notably unearthing the infamous Jocko-Homo Heavenbound pamphlet (the basis for the song). This culminated in 1973, when the trio started to play music as Devo.
Since Devo, Mothersbaugh developed a successful career writing musical scores for film and television. In film, Mothersbaugh has worked frequently with filmmaker Wes Anderson, and scored most of his feature films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou).
His music has been a staple of the children's television shows, among them Rugrats, Beakman's World, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Mothersbaugh is also known for his music in video games including Sony's Crash Bandicoot series, the Jak and Daxter series, and EA Games's The Sims 2. Mothersbaugh also composed the score for the first season of the television series Big Love, which stars Bill Paxton. Mark Mothersbaugh was replaced after one season by David Byrne of Talking Heads.
Mothersbaugh composed "Having Trouble Sneezing", the distinctive music heard in the award-winning "Get a Mac" commercials for Apple Inc.
Without glasses, Mothersbaugh is legally blind. At the age of seven, he was taken to the optometrist, where he obtained his first pair of glasses and saw the world properly for the first time. He designs his own distinctive eyewear and they are made for him by a Los Angeles, California shop called LA Eyeworks.
Mothersbaugh has been married to his wife Anita since the early '90s and they have two adopted daughters, Hope and Margaret. They all share 3 pugs.
Duane Peters, aka the Master of Disaster, is an Orange County, CA native. He is the singer of the punk rock band U.S. Bombs which formed in 1993. He is also a member of the punk bands Political Crap, Die’ Hunns (aka Duane Peters and the Hunns), Duane Peters Gunfight, and Exploding Fuckdolls. Duane is a professional skateboarder credited for inventing many tricks such as the “Acid Drop” into a pool/bowl, the “fakie hang-up” (aka disaster) and the “loop of death,” a full 360-degree rotation in the specifically designed loop. He is one of the first high profile skaters to embrace punk rock when most skaters were still wearing 1970s fashions. He took first place at the 1981 Skate City Whittier Pro-AM Vert event and was named Transworld skateboarding’s legend in 2003. Peters owns two music labels; Disaster Records and Indian Recordings. He is also in the cast of the 2010 film “Hostility Hotel.” He has been touring the U.S. and Europe annually with his band, Duane Peters Gunfight. He currently lives in Long Beach and has two sons, Schuyler Dee Peters, 26, and Clash Thomas Peters, 6. In 2007, his then 20-year-old son, Chess (Chelsea),
Peters died in a car accident.
A note from the amazing Joe, himself:
"My name is Joe Sib and along with my partner, Bill Armstrong, we own Sideonedummy Records, home to: Flogging Molly, MXPX, The Suicide Machines, The Casualties, Go Betty Go, The Briggs, Bedouin Soundclash, The Dan Band, 7Seconds, Kill Your Idols and VCR.
Almost 2 years ago Indie 103.1 went on the air in Los Angeles and kicked commercial radio in the ass. Indie brings back the spirit of what radio original idea was....to turn people on to new music! Host of Complete Control show on Indie.
I have been involved in Punk Rock since I was 14 years old. I was in my first band at 16 and went on my first tour at 18 opening for The Circle Jerks and 7 Seconds. I grew up in San Jose, California in the early 80's and was lucky enough to be a part of an early DIY scene that was home to great bands like The Faction, Los Olvidados, Social Unrest, Executioner, Crucifix, Code Of Honor and many more.
In 1990, I decided it was time to head to LA. After hanging around for about 6 months, I met three guys from Chicago and we decided to start a band. The band was called WAX and we spent the next 6 years touring and recording. Remeber the Spike Jonze "guy on fire" video? That was WAX.
I came up with the idea of Complete Control in May of 2004 and went on the air that same month! I love doing the show because I get to play whatever I want, whenever I want. It is a dream come true! Hope you like it."
Executive producer, soundtrack writer, comedian, musician and father of two kids, Chessa, 9, and Nathan, 6.
Ron Reyes was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Southern California. He grew up in a single family home from which he ran while still a teenager. A huge Black Flag fan, he was recruited to be the lead singer of his favorite group, simply because he knew every song by heart. He played with Black Flag for less than a year, but a very big year it was. They released their highly influential record, Jealous Again, and also appeared in Penelope Spheeris’ 1981 documentary The Decline of the Western Civilization. After deciding that the punk scene had gotten too violent, Ron walked off stage in the middle of a set, and quit the band. He moved to Vancouver and met his wife Diane, never to return to Southern California. Long considered the “Greta Garbo” of punk, he agreed to sit down for The Other F Word cameras and talk about his experience in both punk and fatherhood. Ron still lives in Vancouver with his wife of 23 years and his 4 kids: Lavinnia, Jasmine ,Damon and Ethan. He recently started a new band called Piggy.
Here's a note we got from him:
"When I turned 50 in July I threw a big bash and about 500 people showed up. I put together a band for the evening made up of friends and x band mates and did a set of songs that for one reason or another meant something to me. I invited Greg Ginn (Black Flag Guitarist) up to join me on stage and he did not even hesitate!!! So we wrote a new song together, practiced it with my band for a couple hours and played it live along with a few old Ron Reyes era Black Flag songs, so that was the first time Greg and I have played together in like 30 years!!!! I was soo excited I forgot half the lyrics on stage but as a result of that time together Greg and I are both committed to doing more music together. I probably should not say too much but I’m writing and Greg has sent me a ton of music so stay freaking tuned!!! In the meantime I have started a new band with me playing guitar and possibly some background vocals. The name of the band is Piggy. It runs a gamut of musical styles from the Stooges to the Screamers to the Dolls. We will have our first show this month.
I put down music for far too long. Raising a family was part of it for sure!!! A very big part of it. But there were other issues as well. I let my musical insecurity get in the way as I am only now coming to grips with my original punk rock attitude of you know, fuck it-grab a guitar bash out a few chords (the fewer the better) and have some fun. I have also come to a more holistic view of who I am in relation to my faith in Christ. There was a time where I believed playing aggressive music was not in harmony with my faith. I now believe that I can have fun, get angry at the injustices in this world. That includes the terrible injustices that have been made from standing behind a false understanding of who God is. As well as the personal politics and drama that all of us deal with. And pour all that and more into song. Not in a way that is all about just tearing things or folks down but in ways that may bring some light into the situations or at least be a positive diversion from the day to day crap we all face. DUH!!!"Reyes still lives in Vancouver with his wife of 23 years and his 4 kids: Lavinnia, Jasmine, Damon and Ethan.
Rick Thorne, aka The Biker In Black, was born in Kansas City, MI. He is a professional BMX rider for Famous Stars and Straps, as well as an actor/TV and radio host and a musician.
Rick began riding at age 12 and entered his first competition at age 15. He rode in many contests and events over the years such as X-Games, Gravity Games, MTV Sports & Music Festival, MSS (Mobile Skatepark Series), AFA Masters, Vans Triple Crown Series and NBC’s Dew Action Sports Series. In his BMX career he has achieved many accolades such as: 1992 – 1993 BS (Bicycle Stunt) AM Overall Champion, 2000 New Zealand X-Games Champion, 1988 AFA AM Overall Champion (American Freestyle Association) and 1990 King of Vert AM Champion. He appeared on Stunt Junkies, where he performed a "wall ride" on a moving semi truck. Rick has also been featured in both of the Mat Hoffman Pro BMX games, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
He is also the lead singer of Good Guys in Black, which he formed in 2008. He describes the band's style as Chili Peppers meets Pantera because of their distinctive mix of rock, punk rock and hip hop genres. The band is confirmed to perform at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour and the 2011 skatepark tour called Grindz And Rhymez. Thorne says he writes his songs from life experiences, from the gut and heart and with real emotion. Not only is he an athlete and a musician but he is also an actor and host. Rick starred in films such as Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Triple XXX, Keeping up with the Joneses and Mulberry Park. He has also hosted and appeared in many music, tattoo and action sports related television shows, specials and documentaries from 1996 – present. He has appeared as a guest on The Today Show, Warped Wednesday’s on Fuel Network, Fuse Network, Animal Plant, Fox Sports, History Channel, NBC’s Livin’ Large. Rick currently lives is Los Angeles with his wife, Carla, daughter, Natalee, 4, and son, Kenter, 2.