In partnership with USC Visions and Voices, Razorcake is proud to co-sponsor a virtual panel discussion on the first three installments of its Eastside Punks mini-documentaries about Eastside L.A. punk bands.
Nervous Gender made swift work of attacking every taboo, stereotype, and preconceived notion about religion, sexuality, and punk rock they came across…and made their points using—GASP!—synthesizers to create a racket that often sent the most ardent Black Flag fan scrambling in piss-panted fear for the nearest exit.
In our second installment of Eastside Punks, we focus on East L.A. legends The Brat. Formed in the late 1970s, vocalist Teresa Covarrubias, guitarists Rudy Medina and Sidney Medina, bassist Lou Soto, and drummer Robert Soto quickly cornered the market on smart, taut pop delivered with righteous punk fury by one of the tightest bands in the area.
Tenement: Interview by Justin Telephone. Wisconsin punk rock that’s equally poppy, heavy and noisy. In the grand tradition of the Descendents, Ergs!, Die Kreuzen, and John Coltrane.
The Stains: Interview by Jimmy Alvarado. Straight up, an oral of one of the godfathers of Los Angeles punk rock. For a band of this caliber, you’d better believe this will be a two parter.
The theme will be “Talkin’ Punk Politics and Poetry: D Boon and Beyond,” and it will include a “who’s who” of punk icons from across the country and eras, including: Mike Watt, Ronnie Barnett, Brian Brannon, Chip Kinman , Mish Miller/Bondage, seminal photographer Edward Colver, Jimmy Alvarado, Ben Merlis, Christian Kidd/Arnheiter, and David Jones.
I feel it’s important to stress that this was intended to be a primer on East L.A. punk and not a definitive history.