Inspector (11:00 PM)

Maskatesta (Mexico City) (10:00 PM)

Left Alone (9:15 PM)

Sandbox Bullys (8:30 PM)

Sun, December 2, 2012

8:00 pm

adv tix $15.00 / day of show tix $20.00

This event is all ages

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Inspector - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
A fuse of ska, reggae, old blues, 60’s soul, rock, and R&B combined with a deep and surrounding voice, intense love and broken hearts lyrics, souls in fire and dance, wonderful combinations that will make you move and leave you wanting more... this is INSPECTOR. Inspector is one of the most representative ska bands in Mexico with twelve years in the music scene. Formed in late 1995, their influences come from the history of ska and its distinct waves. The lyrics talk about love and the loss of it, personal experiences, things that people could identify with. The band released its first independent album in late 1998 entitled “Blanco y Negro”, which lead the band to win a “Nuestro Rock” award as best new group. This event allowed the band to perform in many cities inside Mexico. In 2002 they are signed by Universal Music and produced the album "Alma en Fuego". Thanks to hits like "Amnesia" and "Amargo adios", Inspector became the first ska group in Mexico to receive a platinum record in 2003. The first single “Amnesia”, a tragic love song featured by two great singers in Mexico, Roco (Maldita Vecindad) and Ruben Albarran (Café Tacuba). “Alma en Fuego” brought together the rhythm of ska with the feeling of the traditional Mexican music. After achieving much success in Mexico , Inspector toured USA from north to south, and some Latinamerican countries. “Unidad, Cerveza y Ska” (unity, beer and ska), title of their third album was Inspector’s war emblem since their begining, and in three words they defined the life style of the band. This is an album, which has a great fusion of traditional ska, Jamaican rhythms and that Mexican flavor which transports the listeners to the 50’s dance halls of Mexico City. To love the music you create or to die in the attempt. This is the mentality and current attitude of Inspector. In this fourth album, the band re-defines its own style and fuses rhythms that go from the punk up to the soul, going from blues to the funk and the Ska. The first single "El Dejado" is a song that invites you to dance the rythm of traditional ska. With this album, Inspector reaffirms as one of the best representative ska band from Mexico, and lets us know that there is band for a long while. You must know that an Inspector concert is an authentic celebration of music, dance and ska!
Maskatesta (Mexico City) - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Maskatesta (Mexico City)
MASKATESTA Este gran combo mexicano nace a finales del año 2002 con una propuesta ska muy fresca y con grandes influencias del Two Tone ingles y el ska que se había estado haciendo últimamente en México, la banda cuenta con dos demos y un disco editado bajo el sello de Pp Lobo records en México, y por Opción Sonica en Estados Unidos y Canadá este disco lleva por nombre Maskatonians all Stars & Friends y contó con la colaboración de invitados de bandas como: Inspector, San Pascualito Rey, Panteón Rococó, Lost Acapulco, Sr. bikini, Salón Victoria, Tremenda Korte y muchas más. La banda se ah presentando en foros importantes de la ciudad de México y ha realizado giras por estados como Guadalajara, Chetumal, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Morelos, entre otros. Sus canciones han estado en acoplados con bandas internacionales tanto como nacionales han alternado con bandas como Café Tacuba, el Gran Silencio, Antidoping, y es a finales del año 2006 cuando Flavio Ciancerullo de los Fabulosos Cadillacs comparte el escenario con ellos en una gran mezcla de propuestas demostrando que la música rompe fronteras. Altamente recomendable la propuesta de esta banda para le gente que disfruta de la cerveza y el buen ska.....
Left Alone - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Left Alone
The exuberant yet repentant punk anthem that launches Left Alone's 2006 sophomore Hellcat offering is the kind of no bullshit, honest proclamation that fans of last year's highly-praised Lonely Starts and Broken Hearts have come to expect. That lead-off number, dubbed "The Sinner", is the sort of joyous chant along that has earned the devotion of punk purists throughout the globe. But as Dead American Radio unfolds, it reveals itself to be a far more adventurous, diverse and rewarding song cycle than its predecessor.

Simply put, Left Alone has concocted a stone cold classic album that artfully takes aim at corporate radio, suck ass emo bands and everything in between while incorporating elements of ska, cowpunk, pop contagiousness and old school punk. Yet according to Left Alone's guitarist, songwriter and mouthpiece Elvis Cortez, that variety which counts the efforts of saxophonist Noe, and the inclusion of Hammond organ and pedal steel wasn't necessarily a goal for the new disc.

"We were just picking up on different kinds of music and grooving on different elements," Cortez says. "My only goal was to do a record I'd be 100% happy with. Lonely Stars was recorded in like four days or some shit. This time we had a lot of time. Plus we had been on tour forever and had a lot of songs. Everything just worked out. Much like our band, it's just a bunch of weird shit that just all kind of goes together.

From a pensive heartbreaker like "Waiting For You" to the charged punk firecracker "Drunk Again", the flow of the record is somehow seamless thanks to the musical aptitude of Cortez, Noe and their rhythmic commando Ramrod (drums). With "La Pregunta," recent tourmate Patricia Day (of HorrorPops fame) joins Elvis on the quirky ska-inspired, Spanish-sung duet, while Rancid's own Tim Armstrong joins forces with the band for the upbeat, rock & roll road tale "City To City".

"I brought some songs over for Tim to check out and he really liked "City To City," so I asked him if he wanted to sing on it," Elvis says of his hit-worthy collaboration with Hellcat's founder. And he said, Yeah. So he wrote the verse he sings and he helped me arrange the song. He's so good at that kind of stuff. The guy is amazing in so many ways. It was a trip working with him.

If "City To City" is an instant classic that deserves to be an airwave favorite, Cortez recognizes that the likelihood that it and the other winners like on Dead American Radio like the reflective, energetic "Every Night" and the terrestrial (a.k.a. testicle) radio critiquing title track will be heard by the masses is slim. People think that bands get popular out of being good, and it's just not true, Elvis proclaims. I've always known it to be pretty much a money thing. It's like the rich gets richer and radio is the worst example of that. For a band it sucks because there's so much good stuff that should be on the radio but it never gets the chance because maybe their label can't afford it or just chooses not to buy into it. I've always felt that if a song is good enough, it shouldn't matter what label it's on, but that's not the way it works.

If corporate radio still sucks, Left Alone's frustrations with the medium haven't kept the quartet from excelling on Dead American Radio. It's funny because somehow these songs wound up being some of the catchiest I've ever written, Cortez marvels. And some of the songs ended up sounding like they could be at home on the radio. But I didn't sit down with that in mind. We just jam and then put the ideas together, it's never a plotted out thing with our music.

It's amazing then, to consider that this big, bombastic sounding record was produced on a modest budget before mastering. A testament to Cortez's skills as a producer, he says the band just took our time and did what we always wanted to do. We did the drums on reel to reel analogue and dumped them into Pro Tools. I borrowed a Gretsch and a bunch of Les Pauls and different amps and cabinets. And Ramrod got a new, high end drum set and all of this equipment and we focused on the sound as much as the songs and it really worked out well.

Of taking Left Alones music to a new level, Elvis acknowledges, We could do the whole hardcore thing, and I started with it, but I'm more about melody and textures. That's everything for me. We feel really good about this record. The whole band is excited. I can finally say that from start to finish, I feel so complete with this thing. It feels like we hit it out of the park. When I listen to the record we made, I'm like, Fuck yeah!

If defying convention seems to be protocol for Left Alone, Cortez confirms this notion when he speaks of a recent House of Blues gig in L.A. with Hellcat labelmates Tiger Army. We both had pedal steel guys! the frontman laughs. It's like totally out of context for punkers with Mohawks. The soundman was like, You have a saxophonist, a pedal steel player and an organist and you're a punk band with Mohawks? What are you guys doing?

But despite the group's willingness to try new things, the men of Left Alone are still ardent punk purists a disdain for a certain popular rock subgenre. Hence the delightful, revivalist kick in the ass known as I Hate Emo.

On the 2004 Warped Tour it started for us,Elvis confesses. It was like attack of the clones. Emo bands they look the same, they play the same, they talk the same. So the song started as a punk rock song called Fuck Emo. And the chorus was like, Yeah, I said it. I said it. And then we did the Warped Tour Barbecue and all these emo bands would look at me like I was an asshole. And maybe I was.

I guess with me, I don't give a fuck what music looks like or how it's packaged,Elvis says, in spite of his band's own eye-catching Boombox-centric album cover. As long as its good and genuine, it will shine through and people will catch on. If you play your shit with balls, and truly have some balls, it will shine through.

Summing it all up, Elvis Cortez decrees, We're no Hot Topic band. That's for sure.
Sandbox Bullys - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Sandbox Bullys
Sandbox Bullys is a 5 piece ska/punk band out of the San Fernando, California. Inspired by bands like Voodoo Glow Skulls, Streetlight Manifesto, Less than Jake, The Specials, Blink 182.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change