Let The Games Begin. Let’s Start This Rock And Roll Party!
The Southern California Smash Mouth Local Punk Rock Legend Maty Almost crashed my house for a discussion about his new band ‘Almost Criminal’ and to do a sit down interview with me for my new zine book series coming out called ‘STAMINA.’
Yeah when the long time punker and hardcore historian Maty stops by to ruin your home, your wife and your life as you know it, it meant a few things to me. It meant no sleep for a couple days, playing the U.S. Bombs really loud all night, some song writing, a sit down interview about how great he is, me giving him all my awesome skate clothing, and of course sex stories about all his ex’s, too much drug abuse and excessive amounts of alcohol all made for barrage of ranting and ravings with head bangin punk rock living wasting the nights away to memories money can’t buy. The carnage at my house ended with a tradition, this could only mean one thing, yep, a mission to go street skating and destroy the city streets of Modesto and of course it could only happen at the crack of dawn for a rumble in the Mo-Town Jungle with a crew of you know who. I played guide and picked two spots that where hot and security free. The police tend to leave grey haired skaters and skin head punk rockers alone as long as they can stop by and watch the exhibition of gnar we displayed for any onlooker who wanted to witness what really goes on at that hour in this town. We started the mayhem of the road trip at the Modesto Banks under the Kansas street bridge, which is always the best of times of any trip. We followed that up with a session at the Carver Daycare Ledges where my skate session came to a crashing end to get the photo shots on film. It took me 9 tries and 3 hard hitting dances with the concrete ground to pull this trick. I think my problem is that I have to hit my trick spots at mach 5 speed for some God only knows reason, but mission accomplished and it was time for some breakfast and a refresher of the party flavors at the house. Maty skated like a trooper. I believe you ain’t punk unless you can skate a little and he threw down some stylin moves on his newest stunt wood he chose for the city skate and destroy street crashing mission we got ourselves into. What a day and night we had. More memories added to the years of living a great lifestyle of growing up on 4 wheels and bangin hardcore tunes on guitar, or on the player. I’m truly down for life and Maty you can crash my party any day of the week. Later Much!
Nope, ain’t happening yet grasshopper! The force is with you!
Again, no high fives on what felt like my 40th attempt. Damn I’m fucking old…
That’s it Rich, just slow down and and make a good pop!
Ah, finally, Huston we have made contact. Now just slide the night away.
Fuck this new wax you say everybody uses is slick Fennigan.
Don’t argue me damn it, just snap the fucking shot on the E.O.S.
God I’m a big & tall heavy beast. Tall skaters look rad though when they unfold a trick.
Why do I go so fast? Now I have to land it and not fall into the traffic 10 feet in front of me. Thank God for the spotter. Now just pull it off and walk away for the sake of your body.
God what a sketchy roll away, but I’ll take it. Now pass the bottle and inject the pain relievers from last night, because this spot has made me sober from the brutal falls, fuck!
Kill Me, I Need The Rest… The Master Of Disaster
Duane Peters! Master of Disaster. A junkie, a fuck up, a bum, a legend and man who has had permanent effects on skate boarding and punk rock music. Most know Duane as either the front man of U.S. Bombs or as a skater. Many don’t know both and less even know about his importance to skate boarding. But don’t give me blank or worried stares, I’ll introduce ya the spectrum of the Disaster.
So in the skate world this nut case invented a number of tricks including the acid drop which forever changed vert skating. Other tricks on his resume include the sweeper, indy air and the fakie hang-up (better known as the Disaster). He was also the first and one of the few to conquer the loop of death. One of the skaters to start the punk style of more narrow legged pants and high top chucks. He was a pro on the Santa Cruz team and has had a long standing sponsorship with Independent Trucks. Also has had many of his own model shoes. First was on Vision. Yep, he skated with the other skate punk legend Gator. He then had a shoe on Draven. Was lucky enough to get kicks straight from the place.
Never met Duane, but got to hear the story of him getting staph infection in Australia from drinking beer out of a prosthetic leg. Currently he has a shoe out on Iron Fist. The current skate team he’s on with Mike Vallely. Perhaps his best known team was Emergency which was a division of Black Label.
Outside of being the most bad ass skate punk since Jay Adams, Duane has led a number some great punk rock bands. There was Political Crap which never really went anywhere and involved some members of the Jaks which were a skate punk crew in San Francisco.
His first band to record was Exploding Fuckdolls. They concentrated on the old 77 punk sound and was merely a gateway band to much bigger things to come in the world of punk rock life.
His best known band who was a major force in shaping the skate punk sound of the 90’s was U.S. Bombs. One of the iconic bands of the So-Cal scene. I slightly lesser known but equally great band was Die Hunns. Along with Duane they had his then wife and Nashville Pussy bassist Corey Parks slinging a 4 string for that project which was a more rock rooted sound than the Bombs. Die Hunns were active on Volcom Entertainment. Post Hunns Duane started Gunfight which owed a lot of there influence to Gun Club.
They had a harder sound than the Hunns, something like a bar room brawl. Duanes most recent offering is The Great unwashed which is a blues punk project with lyrics sounding as though written by Charles Bukowski. All of Duanes bands are still active in a touring manner, so the stuff we remember can still be caught at some dive bar or punk venue. Duane has some new band starting up. Details are currently scarce, so be on the lookout for him screaming some new punk rock songs into that old mic. Well that’s a basic Duane Peters run down. If ya want more, get Who Cares, The Duane Peters story on dvd. And here’s hoping we’re all rockin’ that hard at 52 years young!
Maty’s Corner Issue # 2
Musings From Maty
What happened to skateboarding? I mean really. How did we go from a bunch of dangerous half psycho punk rockers to these wanna be gang bangers who don’t respect shit!?! I got into skate boarding and punk rock when I was 15. I lived in a mountain town with no park. So we made our own stuff to hit and made the surrounding environs suit us! Man, we had some gnarly bails. Every scar, break, road rash and abrasion was worth it. We respected our scene. We mainlined old punk, cheap booze, sketch ass ramps and fights if necessary. Now I see these companies ran by rappers that don’t know a damn thing about having to fight for skate spots and hold nothing sacred. I’d almost rather the scene die than get so perverted. And it bothers me that Gator is so reviled. It’s not like any of us were saints, so get off yer high horse! Well, that’s my piece for this issue. Skate and rock on!
Maty’s Corner Issue #1
So, I’m Maty Almost. Got into skate boarding and punk rock when I was 15, so for half my life now. Been a songwriter. Never had a solid band. Got a lot of things to contribute to this blog by way of rants, reviews, resources to look into and whatever other God unknown bull shit I can pull outta thin air. I’ve known Rich for about 2 years and we’ve talked about doing something like this for about that long. Now it’s time to make happen. For the past year we’ve been nurturing our facebook page Punx In Solidarity. So, that’s something to check out. Now, some may be wondering who the hell is this guy to have an opinion on anything? Well, no one really. Just an old skate punk who still has fire and rage burning to keep the scene real and organic. Not gonn cry about “sell outs” Not that big a deal and that’s its own blog entry. A bigger issue is those who are fake 100% all the time. We’ve all scene ‘em. Well, that’s enough of an intro. Gonna try for 2 entries a week for y’all. Have a good one and keep the fires of your scene and self burning!
– Maty Almost.